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Chelsea v Burnley Live Commentary, 06/11/2021

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1 - 1
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K. Havertz (33)
M. Vydra (79)
Stamford Bridge

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The Premier League halts for two weeks for the international break. When Chelsea return to action on 20 November they travel to face Leicester City, while Burnley are at home on the same day to Crystal Palace.
Matej Vydra's late goal has denied Chelsea victory in their Premier League clash against Burnley, with the contest ending 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Kai Havertz put the Blues ahead in the first half, converting from a fine cross from Reece James. However, Chelsea failed to notch the second goal as Thiago Silva struck the post, while Nick Pope made a number of fine stops, including one to deny Callum Hudson-Odoi. The Clarets were rewarded for their resilience as Jay Rodriguez was smart to pick out Vydra with a header that allowed the forward to slot a strike past Edouard Mendy to earn his team a share of the spoils.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 1-1 BURNLEY
90' + 5' Chilwell sends Pulisic down the left flank, but McNeil and Lowton converge and force the American to slam his cross into the side-netting.
90' + 3' CHANCE! Pope claims a cross from James and lauches an immediate ball downfield. Vydra latches on to it 20 yards out and lifts an effort towards goal that has Mendy worried, but it travels wide of the left post.
J. Brownhill
Yellow Card
Burnley
90' + 1' Brownhill brings down Pulisic on the charge down the right flank and goes into the book.
90' + 1' Vydra sends a throughball for Rodriguez through the middle of the Chelsea defence, but he lacks the pace to break away from Rudiger and the attack peters out.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
E. Pieters
M. Cornet
Burnley
88' Pieters enters the action for the closing stages to replace Cornet.
87' OVER! Thiago Silva latches on to a loose ball from the resulting corner, but can only direct his effort over the top. Another chance spurned by the Blues.
87' Mount surges into the right-inside channel and goes for a cutback into the middle, but Taylor does well to clear it behind fo a corner.
M. Mount
N. Kanté
Chelsea
85' Tuchel turns to Mount for inspiration for the final five minutes. Kante is withdrawn from the Chelsea midfield.
C. Pulisic
C. Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea
85' Pulisic replaces Hudson-Odoi in the final third for the closing stages.
J. Tarkowski
Yellow Card
Burnley
84' Tarkowski is booked for booting the ball away. He claims that he did not hear the whistle, but the referee is not convinced.
83' James whips a cross into the box from the right flank that Loftus-Cheek tries to attack, but Mee reacts to turn to divert the ball behind for a corner.
81' Chelsea have paid the price for not killing the game off and now need to up the ante in the final third to secure the three points.
J. Rodriguez
Assist
Burnley
79' Rodriguez peels off the back of Christensen and then wisely nods across goal for an unmarked Vydra to convert.
M. Vydra
Goal
Burnley
79' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! VYDRA LEVELS FOR BURNLEY!!!!! 1-1!!!!! The visitors are level as Chelsea pay for their lack of clinical edge. Lowton hooks a cross into the box towards the back post where Rodriguez unselfishly heads into the path of Vydra. The forward slots his effort past Mendy to notch the equaliser for the Clarets.
M. Cornet
Yellow Card
Burnley
76' Cornet reacts after being nudged over the advertising boards and is booked by the referee.
R. James
Yellow Card
Chelsea
76' James and Cornet are involved in a melee after the full-back gives the winger a nudge over the advertising hoarding. James is booked for his part in the scuffle.
76' WIDE! Rodriguez attacks the resulting corner from Westwood, but he can only head his effort wide of the right post.
75' Burnley win a corner down the left flank through Cornet, allowing the visitors to put men into the box.
R. Loftus-Cheek
R. Barkley
Chelsea
73' The miss is Barkley's last action of a good outing from the midfielder. Loftus-Cheek replaces him for the final 17 minutes.
72' OVER! Barkley collects an offload from Hudson-Odoi and has Chilwell in space on his left, but goes for the strike himself and blazes his attempt over the top.
M. Vydra
J. Guðmunds­son
Burnley
70' Vydra replaces Gudmundsson as Dyche adds an extra forward into the mix. Cornet drops back to left wing and McNeil switches flanks to accommodate the change.
A. Westwood
Yellow Card
Burnley
68' Westwood goes into the book for the visitors for a poor challenge on Barkley.
67' Despite Chelsea's dominance, Burnley are still only a goal down. It may only take a mistake or a moment of magic for the visitors to draw level.
65' SAVE! Hudson-Odoi weaves his way past Mee in the Burnley box and fires low and hard towards goal, but Pope sticks out a leg to divert it away the net. A super stop from the Burnley keeper.
63' Cornet brings down Jorginho on the left flank and Chilwell lifts a dangerous cross into the middle. Rudiger tries to head at goal from the back post, but he cannot force an effort towards the target.
J. Rodriguez
C. Wood
Burnley
61' Wood is replaced in the final third by Rodriguez for the visitors.
60' Havertz tries to turn and shoot after being played into space by Rudiger, but his effort is charged down and rolls into the hands of Pope.
57' Hudson-Odoi is played into space on the edge of the box. He takes a good first touch, but Tarkowski closes in with a fine challenge to prevent a strike at goal.
55' James makes a lung-bursting run forward from the back and into the right-inside channe. He tries to cut back amid pressure from Taylor, but the defender does enough to dispossess the Chelsea man.
53' OVER! HAVERTZ SHOULD HAVE A SECOND! Barkley offloads to Hudson-Odoi down the right flank and the winger sends a low ball into the six-yard for Havertz to attack. He connects with a right-footed effort, but he blazes the ball over the bar.
52' Wood wins a header with Christensen and nods it into the path of Cornet, but the forward is flagged offside. Replays show that he was in line with the last Chelsea defender. The attack never had a chance to blossom there.
50' OFF THE POST! Thiago Silva rises highest in the box to attack a cross from James on the right flank. He connect well with his header that travels towards the right corner, but clips the outside of the post and goes behind.
49' BLOCK! Barkley races forward and offloads into the right-inside channel for James to strike, but he sees his effort diverted behind by Mee.
47' Chelsea break on the counter and Barkley feeds Chilwell. The wing-back goes for a one-two with Havertz, but Gudmundsson gets back to make a vital interception.
46' Lowton is played into space down the right flank and he lifts a cross into the box, but it evades Wood and travels out for a goal-kick.
46' We're back under way at Stamford Bridge.
Burnley have been quiet and on the back foot for the majority of the half, but Sean Dyche will be encouraged that his team are only 1-0 down. If they can keep Chelsea at bay, there could be opportunities for the Clarets in the second half.
Chelsea hold a 1-0 lead at the break against Burnley in their Premier League clash. The Blues put forward a strong peformance in the first half, but were lacking a cutting edge as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen missed good opportunities. However, Kai Havertz was on point to head the home side in front, dispatching a pinpoint cross from Reece James past Nick Pope. Thomas Tuchel's team have been in complete command.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 BURNLEY
45' + 2' Cornet tries to turn to latch on to a ball over the top from Brownhill, but Rudiger reacts to clear head of the forward.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' OVER! Barkley collects 25 yards from goal and lines up an ambitious strike on his right foot that sails comfortably over the bar.
42' The tempo of the game has dropped since the Chelsea goal. Tuchel will not want to see his team rest on their laurels even with their dominance of possession.
40' James is down for the home side after colliding with Taylor, but he appears to be okay after receiving treatment.
39' Only Mohamed Salah (16), Michail Antonio (9) and Jamie Vardy (8) have been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than Chelsea's James (7 - 4 goals, 3 assists).
37' The Blues have been dominant in the air in the Burnley. For a team that prides itself on defensive resilience that aspect will concern Dyche regarding his side's performance.
35' Chelsea deserve their lead after a good start to the game. Tuchel will be keen for his team to up the ante to get a two-goal cushion before the break.
R. James
Assist
Chelsea
33' James makes a good run down the right and supplies a perfect cross for Havertz to convert.
K. Havertz
Goal
Chelsea
33' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! HAVERTZ HEADS CHELSEA IN FRONT!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!! The Blues take the lead as Havertz dispatches a free header past Pope from six yards. Kante plays James into acres of space down the right flank and the wing-back delivers a precise cross into the middle. Havertz coasts between Mee and Tarkowski before guiding his header into the bottom-left corner.
32' McNeil cuts inside from the left flank and digs out a cross to the back post. Cornet is there, but he can only loop a tame header into the hands of Mendy.
31' Havertz requires treatment from the Chelsea medical staff, but appears to be okay after his fall.
30' Havertz makes a break down the left flank and tries to clip a cross towards the near post. Pope claims it with ease, but a nudge from Lowton sends the German tumbling over the advertising boards and into the front row of the stand.
28' SAVE! Jorginho works the ball into space for James to send into the box from the right. It takes a deflection off Taylor and heads towards goal, but Pope sticks out a boot and diverts it wide.
25' OVER! Chelsea win a free-kick on the right flank that Barkley whips into the box. Rudiger makes a good run to attack the cross, but the German can only nod his effort over the bar.
23' Barkley and Mee collide in the middle of the park. Barkley tries to reach the ball with his boot and catches Mee, and the defender then barges into the midfielder. Burnley get the free-kick.
23' Dyche is furious that no action is taken againt Barkley for the high boot.
22' Burnley build down the left flank and McNeil wins a corner off the legs of James. Westwood whips a corner into the box, but Chilwell clears at the near post.
20' Cornet attempts an acrobatic volley from the edge of the Chelsea box after latching on to Wood's knockdown. It loops into the air and is easily claimed by Mendy, but it was better intent from the visitors.
17' Kante rolls the ball into the feet of Havertz, who has Chilwell in space to his left. However, he takes a poor first touch and allows Tarkowski to make the challenge in the Burnley box.
15' Hudson-Odoi probes down the right flank and he sends a low cross into the box that Mee has to clear behind.
13' CLOSE! Barkley exchanges a one-two with James on the edge of the box before launching a right-footed strike towards the top-left corner that drifts just wide of the left post.
10' Rudiger meets a corner from the right flank from Chilwell with a thumping header, but he places his effort over the bar.
9' SAVE! Hudson-Odoi floats a cross into the box from the left flank that Jorginho glances towards goal, but Pope reacts to turn it past the left post.
7' CHANCE! CHRISTENSEN HAS TO SCORE! The defender gets ahead of Mee in the box to attack a cross from Hudson-Odoi from the right flank, but he places his free header wide of the left post. Christensen had to at least hit the target there.
6' James collects in space on the right flank from Hudson-Odoi's offload. He lines up a drive after his two goals last week, but Taylor acts on the slide to divert his effort over the bar.
4' SAVE AND WIDE! Chelsea break on the counter and Barkley feeds the run of Hudson-Odoi in the right-inside channel. He fires low and hard, but Pope gets down to make a fine save. The rebound falls back to Hudson-Odoi, only for the winger to scuff his second attempt wide of the target.
3' Taylor sends the ball down the left flank for the visitors, but Wood loses out under pressure from Thiago Silva and Chelsea earn a goal-kick.
1' We're under way at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won their last four Premier League games against Burnley, scoring 12 and conceding twice in this run.
Burnley are unchanged from their win over Brentford last time out. Dyche keeps faith with a winning line-up, which sees Cornet continue to partner Wood in the final third. Gudmundsson and McNeil operate on the flanks with Brownhill and Westwood in the centre of midfield.
Chelsea have made four changes to their side that beat Malmo during the week. Tuchel opts for the same backline, but restores James and Chilwell to the wing-back positions. Kante comes into the fold in place of Loftus-Cheek in the midfield. Barkley gets the call to replace Ziyech in the final third. Ziyech, Azpilicueta and Loftus-Cheek all drop to the bench, but there's no place for Marcos Alonso in the squad. Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner remain sidelined.
BURNLEY SUBS: Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Roberts, Jay Rodriguez, Nathan Collins, Erik Pieters, Matej Vydra, Kevin Long.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Maxwel Cornet, Chris Wood.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalga, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevor Chalobah, Saul Niguez, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Ross Barkley, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Burnley secured a massive win over Brentford in their Premier League clash last week. The Clarets earned their first victory of the campaign as goals from Chris Wood, Matt Lowton and Maxwel Cornet eased the pressure on the club after a slow start. However, Sean Dyche's men are thrown back in at the deep end at Stamford Bridge and will have to be resilient to earn a positive result today.
Chelsea enter the contest with a two-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and have won their last seven matches on the bounce in all competitions. The Blues were clinical last week to see off Newcastle on the road and edged past Malmo during the week in their Champions League contest. Thomas Tuchel will be eyeing another three points this afternoon to regain a five-point advantage over City at the top.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge.