Chelsea begin their Premier League season at home to Burnley hoping that three points can kick start their title defence.

Burnley have proved to be a tricky team for Chelsea in the past, but away from home, Sean Dyche’s men have struggled during their time in the top flight.

Ahead of the game, we’ve picked out some key battles to see where the game will be won and lost.

Batshuayi vs Mee

The Belgian is likely to get his Premier League chance on Saturday, but whether that is as a single or striker or alongside summer signing Alvaro Morata is yet to be seen, with injuries meaning both could feature from the start.

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Last season the striker never looked comfortable in the Premier League but has shown signs throughout pre-season that he is ready to adapt.

He looks stronger and more physically imposing so if he can bring that onto the pitch on Saturday, he’ll feel confident about getting the new campaign off to a good start.

Azpilicueta vs Arfield

With Victor Moses suspended for the meeting against Burnley after his red card in the FA Cup final meaning Azpilicueta is likely to be pushed forward into the wing-back role with Antonio Rudiger likely to fill in at centre back.

As versatile as the Spaniard is, moving him into a more advanced role has often held Chelsea back in the past. Azpilicueta is far less adventurous going forward compared to Moses but does offer more defensive stability.

Azpilicueta will need to help take the game to Burnley if the Blues want to get on the front foot early on.

Luiz vs Vokes

David Luiz has often struggled when he comes up against a big target man in the past and Sam Vokes is just that.

The Welshman will offer a physical threat going forward for Burnley and Luiz will need to watch that he does not allow the striker to get the better of him.

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Vokes, a stickler for doing the ‘dirty work’ off the ball, will look to frustrate Luiz to try and gain some form of advantage. The striker is likely to be isolated in the final third, meaning Luiz will merely need to keep his cool to deal with the forward.

Fabregas vs Cork

Antonio Conte is likely to hand Cesc Fabregas a start on the first day of the season through need rather than want. Nemanja Matic is no longer at the club and summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko yet to recover from his injury.

The Spaniard will need to be influential in midfield if Chelsea want to come away with all three points on Saturday.

Burnley, who have been rocked by the departures of Michael Keane and Andre Gray this summer are likely to sit very deep against the Premier League champions.

Fabregas’ range of passing will be crucial to unlocking the Burnley defence. Former Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork is likely to be one of the men tasked cutting off the supply from the midfielder.

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