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Burnley target Chelsea scalp

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Owen Coyle's Burnley, the conquerors of Manchester United, travel to Stamford Bridge in search of another unexpected scalp. Carlo Ancelotti v Owen Coyle This game witnesses an intriguing battle between two men at very different ends of the football spectrum. In Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea have the revered and experienced Italian who has won the European Cup twice as both a player and manager. In Owen Coyle, Burnley have the up-and-coming Scot who is forging an impressive reputation on English shores, even if he is yet to gain any wider recognition on the global stage. However, only three points separate the sides in the Premier League table. Chelsea boast a 100% record following victories over Hull, Sunderland and Fulham, while Burnley responded to an opening day defeat to Stoke when memorably defeating Manchester United and then Everton at Turf Moor. Those home victories will give Ancelotti some cause for concern but Saturday will go some way to confirming whether Burnley will be this season's Stoke City - formidable at home but flaky away. One thing is certain: Burnley will come up against Ancelotti's much-debated formation, a diamond that has looked well polished at the start of the season. With Frank Lampard operating behind a front two of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, the likes of Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien have been utilised to great effect in the remaining three midfield roles and Burnley may well find themselves chasing possession for the majority of the game at Stamford Bridge if Chelsea's passing carousel is in full flight Away from home, Burnley will rely on Scottish striker Steven Fletcher to spearhead their attack and Coyle would have been delighted to see the summer signing break his duck for the Clarets when scoring twice in a 2-1 victory over Hartlepool in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night. Fletcher will be ably assisted by Robbie Blake, scorer of that scorching volley against Manchester United, as he attempts to breach a world class defence. With such a contrast in pedigree between the two managers and a gulf in quality between the two sets of players, a Burnley victory would be far-fetched at best. But tell that to Sir Alex Ferguson. Didier Drogba v Brian Jensen The battle between Burnley's "Beast" and Chelsea's monster of a striker could be a defining one on Saturday. Jensen helped keep United at bay with a penalty save from Michael Carrick and, following on from his performances against Arsenal and Chelsea in the Carling Cup last season, if the big Dane can frustrate another elite attack then expect the familiar cries of "Beast!" to ring out from the Burnley support. In Drogba, though, he faces one of the Premier League's most potent strikers, a destructive and deadly figure who has already scored three goals in three games in the Premier League this season. His partnership with Nicolas Anelka appears to be flourishing and, fed by Lampard et all, the chances could be flowing for the two front men. Drogba has also claimed two assists, meaning he has had a hand in five of Chelsea's seven goals in the league this season John Terry v Steven Fletcher On paper this appears to be something of a mismatch with Terry boasting 275 Premier League appearances to Fletcher's three. The Chelsea captain is one of the most respected defenders in English football and is once again partnered by long-term colleague Ricardo Carvalho following Alex's brief ascendancy under Guus Hiddink. Fletcher arrived in England in June with a burgeoning reputation. Scouted by Real Madrid during his time at Hibernian when he scored 43 goals in 159 SPL appearances, the Scotland international is highly-rated in his home country and has the physical attributes to unsettle any defender. If Fletcher can outfox Terry then Chelsea may have a problem. If not, then it could be a bleak afternoon in front of goal for the visiting side. Florent Malouda v Tyrone Mears Twelve months ago, Malouda was being linked with an exit from Chelsea after a poor first season for the club while Mears was heading for an unexpected adventure at Marseille. Few could have anticipated then that the Frenchman would reinvigorate his Blues career thanks to some impressive form under Hiddink and that Mears would be lining up for promoted Burnley in the Premier League. Having earned a stay of execution at Stamford Bridge, Malouda is now patrolling the left side of the Chelsea midfield with renewed enthusiasm and he has featured in all four games under Ancelotti this season, adding some needed width in a squad that is not blessed with a surfeit of wingers. Meanwhile, Mears will be looking to negate the Frenchman's impact, stemming the flow of crosses which could provide Drogba with ammunition all afternoon.

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