Burnley returns to the Premier League for the first time since 2010. They’re the smallest town ever to have a club in the Premier League (the town has a population of less than 80,000). Today, they face Chelsea, the bookmakers’ favorite to win the Premier League title.
To put things into perspective, here’s Chelsea’s record for the past 15 games on the opening weekend of the Premier League season: WWDWWWWWWWWWDWW. Ahem, good luck Burnley!
For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown on:
Burnley vs Chelsea, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra
The big team news is that Jose Mourinho has decided to select Thibaut Courtois as his starting goalkeeper instead of Petr Cech. It’s a bold move, but it was expected.
Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell (c), Duff, Mee; Arfield, Jones, Marney, Taylor; Ings, Jutkiewicz
Subs: Gilks, Dummigan, Long, Wallace, Kightly, Sordell, Barnes
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Torres, Drogba
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