Burnley vs Chelsea: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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.

Starting line-ups:

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

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

15 thoughts on “Burnley vs Chelsea: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread”

  1. There shouldn’t even be a discussion about Courtois starting over Cech he’s the superior GK and the second best after Neuer in the world.

  2. Talk about David vs Goliath you have it with this match. Would love to have Burnley pull off this shocker.

    To all and any Chelsea fans. If they don’t win the Crown will Jose be gone? With the money spent will Roman accept any less than the title? A lot of pressure.

  3. Not a big fan of NBCSN now showing all of the highlights and interviews recapping weekend’s matches. We’ve already seen these clips on Saturday and yesterday. And now we get to see them again today. Couldn’t they better use the air-time today? It just seems like filler.

  4. Not sure if it’s NBC’s fault or if it’s just the international feed, but this is at least the 3rd game this weekend that the audio and picture aren’t synced up. This game is even worse than the others because this game the picture is at least 3 seconds ahead of the audio.

    Also, Martin Tyler continues to be way overrated. No excitement at all during the goals.

    1. Case in point, I was looking at my computer just now and had literally NO IDEA that Ivanovic scored his goal other than hearing the light cheers from the Chelsea section.

      1. Tyler is subdued at times. For the third goal, why should Tyler get super-excited about the goal call if the game is becoming a rout? He will get emotional when needed.

        1. Im a little bit on Emmett’s side here. People say “he picks his moments”, but those moments seem so few and far between that he can be a bit boring at times. Still great but not an untouchable deity by any means.

          My favourite was Darke when doing the Prem for ESPN. At the WC this year he wasnt as great as he was often going off on tangential discussions about club football or cheering on the USA and England.

        2. Agreed, but he didn’t even say “goal” or “Ivanovic scores.” Absolutely no idea what happened if you look away for a second like I did.

  5. Considering the Premier league hasn’t had a genuinely World Class team since the Chelsea and United sides of 2009 that could compete on the Continental level it will probably help the League get some respect back.
    Matic is fantastic holding midfielder and he looks to be ably complemented by Fabregas’ guile and creativity.

  6. Caught the highlights. Another class finish by Schurrle. Dont know if this guy is capable of a sidefoot tap-in.

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