PMB: Chelsea v Burnley - history
news Sat 12 Aug 2017
We go back in time for the third part of our Pre-Match Briefing with club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton…
WE HAVE HISTORY
Sean Dyche has never won a game against Chelsea, the club he almost joined as an apprentice way back in 1988. Moreover, excluding penalty shoot-outs, the Blues have not lost at home to his current team, Burnley, for 10 games (seven wins, three draws) in all competitions.
The Lancastrians’ most recent visit was a year ago this month, with Antonio Conte and his side enjoying a fourth straight victory at the start of his career at Stamford Bridge. The star turn was Eden Hazard, who opened the scoring inside 10 minutes – ending a driving run from deep with a powerful shot inside the far post – and was back to his impish best.
Dyche’s then freshly-promoted team struggled with the pace and movement of the home side’s forwards, and Willian added a second as the defence hesitated just before half-time.
Prior to that, the two sides last met at the Bridge in 2015, a 1-1 draw. Branislav Ivanovic blasted the Blues ahead inside the opening quarter-hour but the normally mild-mannered Nemanja Matic was dismissed for reacting to a limb-threatening challenge by Ashley Barnes, and the 10 men eventually succumbed to a Ben Mee nod-in to draw 1-1.
In 2009 the Clarets were beaten 3-0 by Carlo Ancelotti’s future Double winners.
Goalie Brian Jensen almost single-handedly prevented the hosts from scoring right up until the brink of half-time, when Didier Drogba broke forcefully down the right and crossed for Nicolas Anelka to tap home.
Straight after the break we doubled the lead when Anelka found Frank Lampard’s overlapping run, and a lay-back was met with a diving header by Michael Ballack.
The cherry on the cake, though, was Ashley Cole’s dipping volley, the thumping finish to a fine move.
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The Clarets’ last league win here was on Monday 26 April 1971 when Steve Kindon scored the only goal in the old First Division.
That was the second of three games over five days. On the Saturday we beat Coventry 2-1, and on the Wednesday, two days after the Burnley game, we traveled to Maine Road to face Manchester City in the second leg of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final. (City’s keeper Ron Healey scored an own goal to put us through to the final 2-0 on aggregate.)
The last 10 league games against Burnley at Stamford Bridge
Other match last season
12 Feb 2017 Premier League
Brady 24 Pedro 7
Chelsea v Burnley in all competitions
Games played 94
Chelsea wins 34
Burnley wins 36
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 42
Chelsea win 21
Burnley wins 15