Burnley’s form has taken a dive with four losses in their last six games and a three-match losing streak under their belt. Their defence has been badly exposed in recent fixtures. But they will have some hope for their trip to Stamford Bridge on the weekend as Chelsea have suffered back to back losses on home turf in the Premier League. Read our Chelsea vs Burnley betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2020 at 5:14 p.m.)
On January 1st, Chelsea paid a visit to Brighton and looked on course for a good win, before Alireza Janahnbakhsh scored a stunning overhead equaliser against them late on, to give Brighton a share of the spoils. Chelsea have only managed a W3 D1 L5 record in their last nine Premier League games now. At Stamford Bridge, they have had a taste of defeat in three of their last four. In none of those three losses (against West Ham, Bournemouth or Southampton) did Chelsea score either. They are staring down the barrel of three straight home defeats. Overall the Blues have earned a below-par W4 D2 L4 home record in the EPL.
They have only come up with 11 goals from their 10 home fixtures as well. Just three of the ten games played at the Bridge have made it over 2.5 goals. The away form of Chelsea has been a lot better. But there are positives for Frank Lampard’s men heading into this game. They have netted at least two goals in each of their last five games against Burnley. Chelsea have suffered just one reverse in their last dozen against the Clarets. Chelsea who have been sat level at halftime in six of their home games this season, will be facing a Burnley side who are going through some fairly large struggles of their own at the moment. Is this is a good chance for Chelsea to pick up some home cheer?
Chelsea were 4-2 winners at Burnley in October
The Blues are undefeated in four against the Clarets
Each of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Chelsea have won one of their last four home games against Burnley (D2 L1)
Burnley have tumbled to a three-match losing streak in the Premier League. On New Years’ Day, there was quite the upset for them at Turf Moor as they lost against the visiting Aston Villa. But looking back a little bit further, their troubles are a bit bigger than a three-match losing streak. Burnley have lost six of their last eight league fixtures (W2). Out on their travels, they have only collected the two victories this season (D3 L5) and Sean Dyche’s Clarets have only produced only one goal in total in their last three away games.
The two wins that Burnley have managed to secure this season away from Turf Moor, happened against Bournemouth and Watford. That’s notable because those two are starting the weekend down in the relegation zone. The Clarets have come up with an average of a goal per away game this season. They have, however, conceded at an average of 1.7 goals per road fixture. There has been four defeats in their last six away games now for Burnley. Seven of their eleven league defeats for the season have been by a margin of at least two goals. They have not been involved in a draw in fourteen league matches now.
Chelsea have to be the pick for this clash at Stamford Bridge. It’s not as if they have been in red hot home form, and they have lost some recent winnable-looking home fixtures. But the road form of Burnley is just not there and they are slumping. Home win.
Championship side Nottingham Forest have found a bit of form, putting a three-match winning streak together in the second tier. They are well in the promotion picture there. Will they be able to trouble Chelsea at the Bridge? The Blues haven’t had the greatest of home form going in the Premier League. Can they handle themselves against the Tricky Trees? Read our Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 14/1
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Chelsea have lost three of their last four home games (W1) in the Premier League. So that’s been well below par from them. They have lost their last two there as well, against strugglers Bournemouth and Southampton and the Blues failed to score in either of those losses. So that’s a big issue for Frank Lampard to sort out. He is getting more out of his team away from home than at the Bridge currently.
But Chelsea have powerful head to head form going against Forest in the FA Cup. They met in last season’s Third Round at the Bridge and Chelsea secured a comfortable 2-0 home win. It has been eight wins in their last nine home FA Cup games at the Bridge as well. The one exception in that big sequence was when they bowed out against Manchester United in February last season. Chelsea have earned a clean sheet in six of their last seven FA Cup home fixtures.
Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in last season’s Third Round at home
The Blues are on a six-match winning streak against Forest in all competitions
Forest have lost their last three FA Cup games at Chelsea without scoring
Chelsea are W4 D1 L0 overall in previous FA Cup matches with Forest
Nottingham Forest are a Championship top-four side so they are no mugs. They have a nice bit of form going at the moment as well, with a three-match winning streak in the second tier having been secured. Sizing things up, they are likely going to be more focused on winning promotion to the EPL than worrying about an FA Cup run. So they may not even be at full strength for this trip to the Bridge. But again, there is some momentum there for Forest who have picked up only one loss in their last six away games across all competitions.
However, when it comes to the FA Cup, they don’t have form. Not on the road. They have lost each of their last five road fixtures in the tournament and are W1 L6 in their last seven road fixtures in total. In four of their last five away games in the competition, Nottingham Forest have shipped at least two goals. Forest have produced only one goal from their last four fixtures on the road in the FA Cup. Overall home and away they have lost six of their last eight in the competition so aren’t exactly a team who seem to prioritise this.
The Blues could face a slightly uncomfortable afternoon at Stamford Bridge given their recent wobbles there. Forest are in good form and could mount a challenge, but still, with the extra quality that Chelsea have at their disposal, you would expect them to get through.
The Seagulls picked up three points on the weekend to leave themselves five points clear of the relegation zone. That relieved some pressure as they had lost their previous two played. Chelsea pay a visit after fighting back on the road against Arsenal in Sunday’s big clash. But the Blues have been far from consistent recently. Read our Brighton vs Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 29th, 2019 at 5:50 p.m.)
Brighton had a nice taste of home success on the weekend, taking a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. The Seagulls had gone winless in four before that, so it was a win which eased some pressure. That was just the second win that they have secured in their last nine top flight games. The success over the ailing Cherries also saw Brighton save themselves from falling to three straight league defeats. Brighton are W4 D3 L3 this season at the Amex. It was one point from three there before their win over Bournemouth on the weekend.
The Seagulls have averaged 1.4 goals per home game this season. Just 30% of games at the Amex this season have gone over 2.5 goals. Brighton’s weekend win was only their third home clean sheet of this campaign. Of the four home wins that they have taken this season, three of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. The half time trend with Brighton’s Premier League home games is draws, as 7 of the 10 there have been level at the break. Five of those seven have been 0-0 scorelines.
Chelsea have won all five previous Premier League meetings
Brighton have scored one goal in five EPL efforts against Chelsea
Three of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Chelsea are W11 D1 L1 in the overall head to head with the Seagulls
Chelsea stuck another good away win on the board on Sunday. After trailing at the midway point of their fixture at Arsenal, Chelsea came up with two late goals to do a smash and grab job over the Gunners. The Blues are W3 L5 in their last eight league games home and away, so are not stable. The last time they won back to back games was in early November. The Blues however, have won their last two away games, the win at Arsenal following a success at Tottenham. Chelsea have a good W7 L3 record on the road.
Chelsea have collected three points in each of the five games away from home, against teams who will start the new year down inside the bottom eight. There has been a lot of high scoring games involving Chelsea away from home. The Blues average 2.4 goals per away game and have conceded at an average of 1.8 per game. 9 of their 10 away fixtures have gone above 2.5 goals. The Blues have banked only one away clean sheet this season, scoring in each of their last nine. Frank Lampard’s men have also opened the scoring in 7 of 10 away from home.
Brighton haven’t had a lot to cheer about recently. Chelsea have been all over the place with their form, but because of their strong head to head record against the Seagulls and back-to-back away successes, the away win looks the right proposition.
Chelsea have lost four of their last six league games and are badly lacking some consistency. It was a home defeat that they suffered against Southampton on Boxing Day. But they secured a fantastic win in their last road game at Spurs. They head back to North London on Sunday to face Arsenal who could only manage a point out at Bournemouth on Thursday. Read our Arsenal vs Chelsea betting tips for more.
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Despite carving out plenty of chances at Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw after fighting back from having fallen behind. That was Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge of the Gunners and there is plenty of work for him to do. The result leaves Arsenal with only one win in their last eleven Premier League fixtures and they are on a three match winless streak currently (D2 L1). The Gunners have now conceded the opening goal in all but one of their last eight Premier League games, with the one exception being in a 0-0 draw at Everton. Just six teams have produced fewer home league points than Arsenal have done.
Arsenal have played three games this season against teams who finished Boxing Day in the top four. The Gunners lost each of those three. They also conceded at least two goals in each. There has not been an away win by Arsenal in any of their eight games against teams who ended Thursday’s action in the top nine (home and away). Arsenal only have a home record of W3 D4 L2 this season and they have averaged 1.5 goals per home fixture this season. They have failed to win any of their last five at the Emirates (D2 L3) suffering back to back losses there against Brighton and Man City. Arsenal have shipped at least two goals in each of their last three home games.
Chelsea and Arsenal traded home wins last season
Arsenal have won one of their last five EPL meetings
Arsenal are unbeaten in five home games against the Blues
Each of the last four meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
Chelsea suffered a surprise 2-0 home loss against Southampton on Thursday. That was the third loss in four home games for Frank Lampard’s men. They haven’t been going a great deal better on their travels as they have lost two of their last three Premier League away games. So with five losses in their last seven league games in total, the wheels have come off their campaign a little bit. They could drop out of the top four on the weekend. In their last away game however, they played their best game for the season to beat Spurs 2-0. That moved their away record on to a W6 L3 record this season.
The Blues have come up with an average of 2.4 goals per away game in this campaign. But there have been struggles for them at the back because Chelsea have conceded at an average of 1.9 goals per away game. Two thirds of their road games in this campaign have made it over 3.5 goals. The Blues have visited three of the current top six and have taken a W2 L1 record from that. There has only been the one clean sheet by Chelsea on their travels in this campaign, but two-thirds of their away wins have been recorded by at least a two goal margin. The Blues have held a half time lead in five of nine road games and have scored two-thirds of their road goals in the first period of action.
Who knows what is going to come from either of these. Both are highly unpredictable, but Chelsea did get an impressive win at Tottenham in their last road game. If they perform like at the Emirates, three points should easily be on their radar. Away win.
Chelsea got themselves a big three points out at Spurs on Sunday to solidify their place in the top four. They have had some wobbles recently, so that was a huge moral success for Frank Lampard’s Blues. Southampton pay a visit to the Bridge on Thursday after collecting an equally big three points by beating Aston Villa in a battle for survival. Read our Chelsea vs Southampton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 21st, 2019 at 3:52 p.m.)
Chelsea came up trumps on the weekend with 2-0 success at Spurs in a London derby. That was the ideal tonic for them because their form had been stuttering recently. So now with their morale up, will they be able to secure another three points as they host Southampton on Boxing Day? They will be lining up against a side who only hauled themselves out of the relegation zone on the weekend. So this looks to be a good chance for Chelsea to strengthen their spot in the top four. Going back to their stuttering form however, they have lost two of their last three at the Bridge (W1).
Those two defeats were 1-0 losses against West Ham and Bournemouth. That has left the Blues with an overall home record of W4 D2 L3 this season. It has only been an average of 1.2 goals per home fixture from them there. They have doubled that average out on the road. But then Chelsea have been much better defensively at home than away. The Blues have only shipped 8 goals in 9 home games, a clean sheet coming their way in a third of the home games. Of the ten league successes that Chelsa have taken this season, six of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. All but three of Chelsea’s nine home games have been level at the break.
Chelsea were 4-1 winners at Southampton earlier this season
The Blues are unbeaten in nine games against Southampton in all competitions
Both teams have scored in one of the last four meetings (all competitions)
The Saints have failed to score in 5 of their last 8 games against Chelsea
Southampton climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Aston Villa last weekend. The Saints beat the Villains 3-1 at Villa Park. That was a huge point for Southampton. This is not an easy game to try and turn those three points into six, however. It is a W3 D2 L4 record out their travels that Bournemouth have taken this season. Their win at Aston Villa last weekend saw them break out of a five-match winless streak of top fight form that they have been away from home. Overall though, home and away combined, the Saints have three wins in their last five.
But then a closer look at that reveals that each of the three wins in that sequence have been against Watford, Norwich and Aston Villa, the three teams who finished last weekend in the relegation zone. The Saints have conceded at an average of two goals per away game in this campaign and they have failed to take a clean sheet in 13 home and away. It has been just one in their last six away games. A positive for Southampton is that they are on an eight-match scoring streak away from St Marys. 77% of the goals that Southampton have conceded away from home have been in the second half of fixtures.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 21st, 2019 at 3:52 p.m.)
Southampton got themselves a very good win on the weekend, but digging one out at the Bridge may be a lot tougher to achieve. Chelsea haven’t been on top of their game much lately but were superb against Spurs. Home win.
Jose Mourinho will face his former club Chelsea for the first time since returning to Premier league managerial action with Tottenham. This is a big London derby between two of the top-five starting the weekend. Chelsea though have lost four of their last five games and it is Mourinho’s Lilywhites who are looking the more capable of the two at the moment. Read our Tottenham vs Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 18th, 2019 at 5:43 p.m.)
Four wins out of five games (L1) in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho took over. That’s a pretty strong start and they have improved, certainly in the attacking department. They scored at least two goals in each of the four wins in that recent sequence, too. Tottenham are currently cruising along on a nine-match scoring streak of top-flight form. Given how poor Chelsea are in defence, Spurs look as if they will break down the visitors easily enough.
Spurs are W5 D2 L1 on home soil this season and have earned back-to-back home wins. In those wins over Bournemouth and Burnley, Tottenham amassed eight goals in total. It is a six-match undefeated streak of home form that the Lilywhites are on at home at the moment in the top flight. They have averaged 2.4 goals per game as well. If they get the three points out of this derby match, then that will put them up into the top four on goal difference above Chelsea. That would probably be a sweet day for Mourinho.
The two clubs traded league home wins last season
In the last 10 league meetings, both have won four each
Over 2.5 goals has happened in three of the last four EPL meetings
Spurs have lost one of their last seven at home against the Blues in all competitions
Where did the confident, swashbuckling Chelsea go? With four losses in their last five games now, Frank Lampard is having a big managerial test. The Blues have not been good all season in defence, but now they are not looking as sharp in attacking any more. Their creativity and cutting edge has waned a bit. That’s been notable in their 3-1 loss at Everton and in their home loss against Bournemouth last weekend. Just once in their last five league games have Chelsea scored more than one goal in a game.
Their slump has been so big that their top-four place is under threat. They have to avoid defeat to hold on to it. Out on the road, this season Chelsea have banked a W5 L3 record and two of those losses happened against sides who started the weekend inside the top six with them. The Blues have produced a very good scoring average of 2.5 goals per away game. What’s not so good is them conceding at 2.1 per game. Three-quarters of Chelsea’s away games this season have ended up going over 2.5 goals. Of the six league defeats this season for Chelsea, four have been by one goal margin and they are still looking for their first road clean sheet.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 18th, 2019 at 5:43 p.m.)
Tottenham look in good shape to collect a victory in this game. They have been scoring well since Mourinho took charge and it doesn’t take a lot to break down Chelsea’s flimsy defence. The home win looks a decent punt considering Chelsea’s drop off in current form.