Chelsea will look to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League standings when they host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues are currently at the summit of the top flight table and are clear of 2nd placed Liverpool by virtue of 3 points.
Thomas Tuchel will no doubt be keen to maintain that position heading in to the latest round of international fixtures which commences following this Premier League matchday.
Chelsea have established themselves as the pacesetters in the division, having tasted defeat just once in their opening ten games of the season.
That loss came at the hands of a perceived title rival in Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s side slipped up at home to Crystal Palace last time out and as such lost some ground at the top end of the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool outfit have looked imperious of late and provide stiff competition in the early throes of the title race, but recent draws have allowed Chelsea to establish that three point cushion.
Ironically, three points is also the size of the gap visitors Burnley will have to bridge if they are to claw themselves out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
The Clarets are currently 3rd from bottom in the table and sit on 7 points, with 17th placed Leeds United their closest target on 10 points.
Sean Dyche’s side got a huge monkey off the back last weekend, picking up a first win of the season at the tenth attempt with a 3-1 win against Brentford.
With fellow relegation candidates Newcastle losing to Chelsea – Burnley’s opponents this week – those at Turf Moor would have been well aware of the significance of that result against the Bees.
Burnley are clearly underdogs for this game with the European Champions, but if the aforementioned result between Crystal Palace and Manchester City last weekend is anything to go by, you’d be foolish to rule out a shock.
Any unlikely result Burnley do achieve will need to be garnered without Dale Stephens who remains absent – Aaron Lennon meanwhile will be put through a late fitness test to determine his availability.
For Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, losing two of your key forward players is never ideal, but with favourable recent games against Southampton, Newcastle and Malmö – all of which were wins – missing Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner is less of a strain.
The attacking duo remain out for the visit of the Clarets and will remain sidelined until after the international break, so too will Mateo Kovacic who picked up a thigh strain in training last week.
Mason Mount bagged a hattrick in the 7-0 rout of Norwich a fortnight ago, but the England international is rated touch and go to feature as he deals with a bout of illness.
Chelsea v Burnley is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 6th November.