Mauricio Pochettino makes two changes, £50m player returns and striker dilemma: Chelsea predicted XI vs Burnley


Chelsea travel to Burnley on Saturday afternoon looking to make it three consecutive wins across all competitions.

The Blues are in Premier League action this weekend at Turf Moor, playing against Burnley in their final game before this month’s international break.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Brighton last week in the Carabao Cup third round. They followed that up on Monday with a league victory away to close rivals Fulham.

Now, we’ll see if Chelsea can keep up this momentum against Vincent Kompany’s Burnley outfit.

The Chelsea Chronicle is predicting Pochettino to makes two changes to the starting line-up which beat Fulham earlier this week.

There’s some notable omissions right now at the back with a host of injured players, which is why this defence may pick itself.

We’re expecting the same back five to start against Burnley, which includes first-choice goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in net again.

Marc Cucurella should continue in this unfamiliar right-back position. Meanwhile, Levi Colwill continues to impress on the other side at left-back.

That leaves Axel Disasi and Thiago Silva as the starting centre-back partnership once again.

Chelsea’s midfield dynamic worked superbly well against Fulham, so we can’t picture a world in which Pochettino wants to change that.

Therefore, we think it’ll be Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez as a midfield pivot.

They are joined by Conor Gallagher playing just in front of them as a roaming No 10.

The first of two changes could see £50million attacker (BBC) Raheem Sterling replace Mykhailo Mudryk on the left wing. This is because The Evening Standard reports that Mudryk is an injury doubt to face Burnley.

We think the impressive Cole Palmer will retain his spot on the right. That just leave the dilemma at striker.

Our guess is Nicolas Jackson will replace Armando Broja in the weekend’s starting line-up to complete two changes to the side, but this must be a decision that is driving Pochettino’s mind crazy.

There’s not much to split the two centre-forwards Jackson and Broja, especially as they both scored on their most recent appearance. We just think the fitness of the players gives Jackson the edge.

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