Chelsea’s inconsistency is threatening their place in the Premier League’s top four and they may not have things all their own way at home to Burnley.
An inability to do the business every week is a typical trait of a young team and it’s bang on the money regarding Chelsea just now – although, in fairness, only one Premier League team has been reliable throughout the campaign so far and that is runaway leaders Liverpool.
The Blues are in and out, and with their transfer ban having been lifted no wonder they are looking to make signings this month who will help their inexperienced players to cement fourth position in the table and secure Champions League football again next term.
Frank Lampard’s side have lost to nil at home to Southampton, Bournemouth and West Ham within the last six weeks and therefore they cannot be considered certainties to beat Burnley who, like those clubs, are in the bottom half of the table.
Burnley are also something of a Jekyll and Hyde team, having gone 15 games without a draw, and while they are generally better at home, they have won to nil at Bournemouth and Watford since the November international break.
This is not an easy match in which to predict the outcome as it is hard to know what to expect from either side, but we think Burnley will be competitive and they are backed to suffer a narrow defeat at the very worst.