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Nic Ladds 29th Jan 2010 - 15:35

It’s not all Blue for Burnley

Burnley have a real chance of pulling themselves out of the relegation zone if they can up their game against top-of-the-table Chelsea in Saturday's evening kick-off. The roar at Turf Moor could be enough for them to get at least a point and send a frustrated Chelsea side back to London with just a slender lead at the top of the Premier League.

It's been hard to defend Burnley (10/1) at some points this season with a terrible away form which has seen them slip in to the relegation zone. However their fans have been treated to some real stellar home performances this year and if Brian Laws' men can find the form that Owen Coyle found, there's no reason why they can't impress again in front of their supporters.

Chelsea (2/7) are obviously never ones to write off, with only three defeats all season - they are looking really impressive under Carlo Ancelotti. There is just something about their recent form that gives Burnley some hope - without a win in four away league games and only two wins in their last seven on the road.

With odds of 10/1 about Burnley then obviously you will want to cover yourself with either the double chance market of Burnley and the draw at 3/1 or the draw no bet market at 8/1.

I know you must think I'm mad for even suggesting Chelsea will do anything but take all three points but Burnley have beaten Man Utd, Everton, Sunderland, Birmingham, Hull and drawn against Villa, Fulham and Bolton so far at home this season which is very impressive.

While I understand that was under a previous regime, it's still the same squad out there that clearly motivate themselves well at home - and you must agree they at least have a chance and at 10/1 - it's surely got to be worth a punt.

Burnley will be able to name an almost full strength squad with only Gary Caldwell injured and Graham Alexander and Chris McCann doubtful. New signing Danny Fox did not receive clearance in time to play. Andre Bikey will be a welcome return in midfield due to returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. They will look for David Nugent to add to his three-goal tally this season and you can get 12/1 for him to do so first or 5/1 anytime.

Chelsea do have Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Jon-Obi Mikel back from the ACN but they won't be in contention until Tuesday's trip to Hull. Deco looks set to continue in centre-midfield and is always worth a go to score anytime (11/4). Nicolas Anelka has also to be mentioned to bag one first and at 10/3, it shows how likely that is.

Of course I realise the strength and depth of Chelsea's squad and would not be one bit surprised if they romped home 3-0 (5/1) or more (-2 goals at 15/8) I just think you should bear in mind the history this season and that you shouldn't totally write Burnley off.

Personally I will be having a small bet on Burnley at 10/1 just in case, but looking at other markets to decrease the risk but keep the value there (Burnley +1 at 3/1). 



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