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Burnley v Chelsea preview

Burnley mark their return to the Premier League when they play host to title favourites Chelsea in the first Monday Night Football of the season.

Sean Dyche's men could not have asked for a harder start to life back in the top flight with Jose Mourinho's star-studded Chelsea the first visitors to Turf Moor.

Burnley have already been tipped as many people's favourites to suffer relegation, but Dyche's men will hoping to prove the sceptics wrong again just like they did last season in the Championship.

Burnley have not beaten Chelsea in a top-flight match since a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor on 28 August 1973 and the Blues boast a formidable record on the opening weekend of the season.

Chelsea have not lost their first league fixture since a 2-1 defeat at Coventry in 1998 with Jose Mourinho winning all five of the matches he has been in charge of in the first round of fixtures.

Mourinho will be keen to see his side get off to a winning start after watching title rivals Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all kick off their campaigns with victories over the weekend.

Mourinho insists Chelsea are serious title contenders this season after another massive outlay in the transfer market to bolster a squad which finished third last term.

Sam Vokes, who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in March, is the only Burnley player missing for Monday's clash.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has been declared fit to play despite missing several pre-season games with a calf injury.

Summer signings Lukas Jutkiewicz, Michael Kightly, Steven Reid, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor will hope to make their debuts.

Mourinho will keep Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech guessing on which goalkeeper will start Chelsea's Premier League clash at Burnley on Monday night.

Striker Didier Drogba is expected to shake off an ankle problem to be passed fit for action, with Diego Costa and Fernando Torres also in contention.

Watch Burnley v Chelsea on Monday Night Football. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm.