Prediction Time: Paul Merson predicts Chelsea vs Burnley

The Blues were the Premier League’s top performing team last term as they secured a record 30 victories on their way to being crowned as Premier League champions in Antonio Conte’s first campaign at the club.

The west London side have brought in four new players so far this summer as they prepare to kick off their title defence with a home clash against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea have brought in Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko so far this summer as they prepare for the new season.

However, the future of Diego Costa still remains up in the air, with the Spanish forward widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

And Arsenal legend Paul Merson has given his predictions for Chelsea’ first game against Burnley this evening.

Here’s what he wrote:

Chelsea v Burnley – Saturday, 3pm

I had a close eye on Chelsea in the Community Shield and what’s clear is that they aren’t the same team with Eden Hazard.

But Burnley at home on the opening day of the season is a nice game given the Clarets’ poor away record.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1

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