Mark Lawrenson makes intriguing Burnley scoreline prediction ahead of Chelsea clash

Burnley are back in Premier League action this weekend, when they take on Frank Lampard's Chelsea at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
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Writing his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed the Clarets to secure a 1-1 draw against the west London club.

Justifying his prediction, the ex-Liverpool man claimed: "Burnley are another side still waiting for their first win, but they do seem to be getting better. They created a few chances against Tottenham on Monday and they were a bit unlucky to end up being beaten.

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"I think the Clarets will get something out of this game, though. I'm not fully convinced by Chelsea at the moment, because I don't think you can be."

He continued: "Blues boss Frank Lampard is still tinkering with his personnel and formation. Yes, they did pretty well against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend but it was without ever really looking like scoring.

"One positive is that Thiago Silva is already looking the part at the back, and it is already looking like a case of Lampard working out who is going to play with him."

Lawro concluded: "This will be Silva's first visit to Burnley but he will obviously be told what to expect about the way the Clarets play. To be honest, though, they could just hang a crash helmet on his peg in the dressing room, and if he asks what it is about, just tell him that he will find out at 3pm on Saturday."