Antonio Conte states his prediction for Burnley v Chelsea
Antonio Conte looks ahead to Chelsea's Premier League trip to Burnley on Sunday
Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea players that they are set for a stern test of their Premier League title credentials when they travel to Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues have firmly established themselves as the favourites to win the Premier League title this season following their sparkling form under new boss Conte.
The west London side have built a nine point lead at the top of the Premier League table and underlined their status as title favourites by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Chelsea will look to take another step towards winning the title on Sunday afternoon when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor looking to seal a win.
However, Conte has warned his side that beating the Clarets will be no easy feat.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday afternoon, Conte said: “It will be a really tough game because I read with great attention the stats and Burnley have taken 28 points at home and one away, which means they have 29 points and 28 of them have been won at home. They won their last five home matches and scored a lot at the end of games.
“The stats show Burnley are really strong at home. They’re third in the table for home matches, we are first with 33 points, Tottenham are second with 32 and Burnley are third. We must pay great attention, they are in good form and want to beat us because we are top. We have prepared very well for the game and my players know what we will face.
“This is the second time that we play them, I think Andre Gray is a really good player, he’s very clever and stays in the right position when they win second balls to attack the space in the defensive line.
“They are a really good team, they play a lot of long balls and put pressure on you when you have the ball.
“It’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and we have studied them well. When you arrive after games against Liverpool and Arsenal it’s important to give continuity and try to win, but I know it won’t be easy.”
Chelsea’s dramatic upturn in form this season has been in stark contrast to their struggles last term, when they ended up 10th and without a trophy.