Chelsea will try to overcome its last season’s trophy-less, third-placed finish this time against Burnley on Monday, August 18, 2014.
The Lancashire-based Chelsea played last time in the Premier League during the 2009-10 season, though they were on top of the event only for a short while in a single campaign.
Monday, August 18 8 p.m. (BST) / 3 p.m. (ET)
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Chelsea attempted fewer through-balls for their strikers last season than relegated Norwich and considerably fewer than their title rivals.
They expect Fabregas to address that problem. Manchester City’s David Silva played the most through-balls per game last term, but Fabregas beat his 0.59 average in each of his last five seasons for Barcelona and Arsenal. The 27-year-old will supply more than one chance for Chelsea attackers at Turf Moor, with one of his passes proving decisive.
Danny Ings will be the key man while star striker Danny Ings is expected to be aggressive this time. He scored 21 goals and provided five helps and is an active attacker for Burnley.
For Chelsea, it will be own physical power to dilute Burnley’s initial defiant resistance but give the Blues a scoring goal or two to clinch the match.