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FT: Burnley 1 Chelsea 3. After going behind early on, Chelsea sent a clear message to their title rivals by earning a 3-1 win here at Turf Moor. Diego Costa's booking for diving will remain a talking point for days to come, but it should not deter from what was a mightily impressive Blues display.Kightly tries one last time to breach the Chelsea backline, but it is no good, and John Terry stands firm.Three minutes off added time...Drogba almost made a fairytale return, but fired wide from outside the box. Showed glimpses of his retained ability.Marvin Sordell is booked for a late challenge on John Terry. Just showed a little too much enthusiasm.The legend is back! Didier Drogba comes on for Edin Hazard.Marvin Sordell makes his Premier League bow for Burnley, replacing Danny Ings.John Obi Mikel now will enter the fray. Replaces Oscar.Willian comes on for Chelsea, replacing Andre Schurrle.Fabregas showing his class. Whenever the ball is at his feet, he seems to pick out the right pass. Could be the difference for Chelsea this season.Burnley try a training ground free-kick routine, but the dummy fooled everyone, including the Clarets players themselves.Chelsea fans doing their best to rouse their side to net more goals, but seems like the players are having none of it, and happy in second gear.Game very slow paced now. Burnley players looking weary, while Chelsea just happy to keep the ball.Double change for Burnley with Michael Kightly and Ashley Barnes coming on for Jutkiewicz and Matt Taylor.Matty Taylor almost gets on the end of a lofted right-wing cross, but cannot quite get high enough to make any connection.Trippier fires a low cross into the box, but John Terry clears with ease. Still offering a threat the home side.Diego Costa certainly cannot be accused of not putting the effort in. Has ran his socks off up front, and chased down everything.Chelsea more wasteful in possession as they take their foot off the gas. Have to remember it is not over yet!Chelsea very much slowing the pace of the game now, not committing anywhere near as many bodies forward as earlier in the contest.Jutkiewicz commits a foul on Oscar, showing his frustration after being largely anonymous throughout.Free-kick to Chelsea on the edge of the box as Hazard is fouled, but Schurrle wastes the opportunity by firing harmlessly over the top.Chelsea passing it around at the back but Burnley not giving this up, and chasing everything down. Great effort from the home side.SAVE! Thibaut Courtois shows us why Jose Mourinho has so much faith in him, brilliantly palming Scott Arfield's curling effort over the top.All Burnley so far. They certainly are not giving this up just yet. Showing real spirit here, and keeps the volume levels up!Chelsea get us underway in this second-half. Almost straight away Danny Ings bursts forward, but fires wide from just outside the box.HT Price Boosts from Sky Bet include Chelsea to win 5-1 is now 11/2. --> http://www.skybet.com/football/football-live/event/16885708Liam Moss has tweeted a different view: "One diver leaves the PL another comes in!! Disgusting!"Jack Chapman has his say on the incident: "Hand to foot, had to be a penalty but the ref bottled it as he knew it would be a red and end of the match for Burnley, happy with the Blues comeback though as they look very sharp."Callum has tweeted in, and doesn't see too many more goals: "I think chelsea will get one more goal hazard to get the goal."The Costa decision is getting a mixed reaction. Owen Dykes feels it was harsh on Twitter: "Don't think Costa should have been booked, could quite easily have given a penalty."Get on touch. Game over? More goals to come from Chelsea? Tweet me: @PeteHall86 or email me: Pete.Hall@bskyb.com and I will do my best to air your views!HT: Burnley 1 Chelsea 3. After making a dream start, Burnley have had no answer to the Chelsea juggernaut. A delightful second goal was the highlight of an entertaining first-half. Can the home side mount any form of comeback?Two minutes of added time.Costa again goes down under challenge. Referee not interested. These two are not getting along all that well.Arfield still having a go at the Chelsea backline. Dealt with this time, but at least the home side are still offering a threat.Delay in play allows us to see replays of the Costa incident. There was contact, but was it enough to go down? Debatable.Ings has his first chance, but cannot divert a fierce low cross on target, firing just wide from a tight angle under pressure.Very slick from Chelsea. Knocking the ball around well and look really threatening everytime they come forward.It is Ivanovic's turn to get on the scoresheet. This time it is far more simpler, as a Fabregas corner is converted on the volley by the Serbian defender. Too easy though. Shouldn't be afforded that much space there.GOAL!!! Burnley 1 Chelsea 3 (Ivanovic 34).Mourinho complaining to officials on the sideline about the Costa call. Would he be more vociferous had the Blues still be behind?HUGE CALL!!! Diego Costa knocks the ball past an onrushing Heaton after a poor backpass by Ben Mee, goes down over the keeper's flailing arm, but is booked for simulation, rather than Michael Oliver awarding the penalty it seemed he would.Burnley corner is easily plucked out of the air by Courtois. Looks more comfortable after early goal threatened to unsettle him.Hazard also looking well up for this. Showing speed and trickery bamboozling the Burnley backline. Struggling to cope with the Belgian.Chelsea fans are the ones who can be heard now as their team pass the ball around at will. Conditions allowing for slick football.Burnley looking ragged now, shocked that they were in the lead less than ten minutes ago. Need to calm the game now. Still a long way to go.One of the best team goals you will see all season! The ball is fired into Fabregas' feet by Ivanovic, and while shaping to shoot, the Spaniard delightfully diverts the ball into Schurrle's path who clinically puts the title favourites in front. Wonderful goal.GOAL!!! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Schurrle 21).Diego Costa scored 26 of his 27 league goals from inside the box last season. A poacher is what Chelsea have lacked. Is he the man to do what Fernando Torres has struggled to produce?Burnley attacking again after Chelsea's leveler. Taylor tries several times to get the cross into the box, but it's blocked. Not sitting back now.The lead lasted only four minutes as Diego Costa lashes home the rebound after Ivanovic's low cross had come back off the post. Fell right to the Spanish hitman, who made no mistake. A sign of things to come?GOAL!!! Burnley 1 Chelsea 1 (Costa 17).Chelsea look physically shaken by the bolt from Arfield. All hands to the pump from the home side as they get men behind the ball to preserve their lead.Incredible scenes at Turf Moor! Slack marking after failing to clear a corner properly allowed Scott Arfield the time to pick his spot with a volleyed strike from the edge of the box, which flew past a helpless Courtois in the Chelsea goal.GOAL!!! Burnley (Arfield 13) 1 Chelsea 0.Burnley will be pleased with the start to this game. Contained the Blues' threat so far, with Heaton untroubled in the Clarets' goalSchurrle causing real problems. Picks the ball up once again on the edge of the box but is crowded out. Ball finds its way to Costa, but his low drive is blocked.Trippier tries to take a quick throw to catch the Chelsea defence out, but the referee blows to signal he had given the throw-in the other way!Record-signing Lukas Jutkiewicz has Burnley's first chance, turning inside, but scuffs his strike wide of Thibaut Courtois' goal.WIDE! Schurrle makes room for the shot brilliantly on the edge of the box, but it takes a huge deflection and flies just wide.First involvement for Diego Costa is to be ruled offside. Thumbs up for the delivery though. Already getting into dangerous positions.Referee Michael Oliver gets us underway at Turf Moor, with the home fans in fine voice.Tom Bourlet knows he might not get what he wants: "Would love to see an upset tonight, but can't see past Chelsea winning. 3-1, Hazard, Costa and Cahill on the goalsheet."Fans from all over the world joining us! "Brian Baldwin, a Chelsea fan from Hawaii, where it is 9am and I'll be in a meeting at kickoff. Either way I'm going 4-0 to the Blues, with Diego Costa getting 2 of those. Thanks for the updates to help me through my meeting."The teams are on their way onto the pitch. The first Monday Night Football promises to be a corker!Don't forget you can get in touch throughout the encounter. Tweet me: @PeteHall86 or email me: Pete.Hall@bskyb.com and I will do my best to air your views!Are Chelsea favourites for the title? This line-up certainly looks formidable. They will take some stopping, especially if Costa packed his scoring boots.Teddy has tweeted his prediction: "I see chelsea sweeping past burnley 3-0 with 2 goals from costa and one from hazard."Ian Probert sees predicts plenty of excitement: "I can see the Burnley fans really getting behind their team, I think they may even grab an early first goal. Chelsea class will overcome them though with Costa scoring two and hazard for a third."Just ten minutes to go at Turf Moor. The atmosphere is building, with expectant Lancastrians dreaming of their success against Manchester United in 2009.@ArfChelsea is not as confident: "Should be a Chelsea win, but this is the premier league so anything can happen. A nervous 0-2 for Chelsea."Jack Hare somewhat reluctantly has tweeted his prediction: "I would love a Burnley win but can't see past Chelsea's quality coming through and bagging a fair few goals, 4-1 to the blues."More love for Costa from Joshua David: "I think this should be a good game but an easy 3-0 win for the title chasers with costa netting his first premier league goal."Danny Ings could be the one to watch for the home side. Touted as a potential target for Liverpool, the prolific hitman could be a real handful for the Blues' backline.Jose Mourinho sees it differently, however: "It's a dangerous start,"Burnley have not beaten Chelsea in a top-flight match since a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor on 28 August 1973. It is not looking promising!Sky Bet are offering enhanced offers ahead of kick-off, including Danny Ings to Score and Burnley to Win in 90 Mins boosted to 12/1 and Cesc Fabregas to Score and Chelsea to Win in 90 Mins boosted to 100/30. http://www.skybet.com/football/premier-league/event/16667978Niall Ryan is not happy, however: "Mourinho has tossed Cech to one side...no loyalty from Jose...Cech has done very little wrong during his time at Chelsea...Courtouis has one good season in spain and becomes chelseas number 1...very very wrong jose."More goalkeeper views from Wasim Ahmed: "Great to see Thibaut Courtious start in goal I can see him in goal for another 10 years or so! Hes only 22 the young keeper has great potential can see Cech being sold this summer."It will be very interesting to see how Diego Costa gets on in his long-awaited Premier League bow. Much has been said already. Had an woeful World Cup, but excelled in pre-season.Only Sunderland's Vito Mannone (77.4%) had a better save percentage than Petr Cech (76.9%) in the 2013-14 Premier League. Bad move by Mourinho?Alex has had his say on Twitter: "Not every goalkeeper that's been at the club longer than others should always get first team, goalies need experience."Despite all this, there is hope! Burnley allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Championship last season (159).Cesc Fabregas has scored in each of his two Premier League appearances against Burnley.Chelsea have conceded just 10 goals in their last 23 Premier League matches.Chelsea have won more points than any other team on the opening weekend of Premier League seasons (47).Burnley lost both games against Chelsea during their only previous Premier League season (2009/10).In fact, the Blues are unbeaten since 1998/99 on the opening day, winning 13 of 15 games (D2)Jose Mourinho has seen Chelsea win on all five opening weekends that he has been manager.The omens are certainly not working in The Clarets' favour...Andrew Sorrell is happy to see Mourinho include Courtois: "I think it's great news for Chelsea fans to see Jose picking the young goal keeper shows he's looking to push for title."Brian Heywood feels exactly the same! "Fancy a goal feast tonight for Chelsea, Costa, another Mourinho masterpiece."Chris Green can't see anything other than a Chelsea win: "Chelsea to win 3-0, with Oscar and Costa (2) scoring the goals."Stuie Neale has tweeted in, and is confused: "I'm a little surprised courtois is starting to be quite honest."So Courtois starts in goal? What do we think of that? Is that the end of Petr Cech at Chelsea?Chelsea subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Torres, Drogba.Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.Burnley subs: Gilks, Dummigan, Long, Wallace, Kightly, Sordell, Barnes.Burnley XI: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell (c), Duff, Mee; Arfield, Jones, Marney, Taylor; Ings, Jutkiewicz.The teams is in, and there is some huge news regarding Chelsea's line-up.You can get in touch before kick-off and throughout the encounter. Tweet me: @PeteHall86 or email me: Pete.Hall@bskyb.com and I will do my best to air your views!On the other hand, Burnley have stuck with many of the players that served them so well last season in winning promotion back to the top flight.Chelsea have been busy in the transfer market this summer, and we will be treated to some of those new arrivals tonight.What a spectacle we have in store! Burnley's return to the top flight could not be much harder as Jose Mourinho brings his star-studded side to Lancashire.I'm Pete Hall, and I will be taking you through the action, as it happens, live!Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute commentary of Burnley's clash with Chelsea from Turf Moor.Live updates will appear here...

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