Chelsea will move up to second place in the Premier League table with a win over Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow.
The Blues are yet to taste defeat across all competitions competitively this season and are currently on a 13-match unbeaten run.
Maurizio Sarri’s side’s last trip to Burnley saw them earn a 2-1 victory back in April, with Victor Moses getting the winning goal late on.
Having heavily rotated his side for the Europa League win at home to BATE Borisov on Thursday, Sarri is certain to include several of the first-team players that missed out in midweek for the trip to Lancashire.
Here is who we predict will start for the Blues tomorrow afternoon.
Predicted team: (4-3-3) Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley; Pedro, Alvaro Morata, Willian
Predicted substitutes: Willy Caballero, Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Victor Moses, Olivier Giroud
Kepa Arrizabalaga has kept clean sheets in his last three away matches for the Blues, having only conceded once on the road in a Chelsea shirt. He will be hoping to continue his impressive streak against Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
Cesar Azpilicueta should return at right-back to captain the side in place of Davide Zappacosta, with his Spanish international teammate Marcos Alonso starting over Emerson at left-back.
Both Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz are also likely to be part of a fully-changed back four, taking precedence over Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen.
Despite scoring a hat-trick during the 3-1 win over BATE, Ruben Loftus-Cheek may only find himself a place on the substitutes’ bench, with N’Golo Kante starting ahead of him. With Jorginho and Ross Barkley both not being used on Thursday, it could signal that they will start in place of Cesc Fabregas and Mateo Kovacic across the rest of the three-man midfield.
Eden Hazard could miss the trip with a back injury, and with Willian and Pedro both being substituted early in the second half against BATE, it looks like the duo could start in the wide areas of the front three on Sunday.
A start for Olivier Giroud on Thursday may have signalled that he will not feature from the outset on Sunday, where Alvaro Morata will take his place.
There have been just five goals across their past two meetings in Burnley and with Chelsea struggling for goals when Hazard is not involved in the league, it would not be surprising to see them face a potential banana skin tomorrow.
Predicted score: Burnley 1-1 Chelsea