Burnley continue unbeaten home streak


February 13, 2017
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas (left), competes for the ball with Burnley's George Boyd during the English Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor stadium in Burnley, England, yesterday. (AP Photo)


Premier League leader Chelsea dropped points for only the third time since September after getting pegged back by dogged Burnley in a 1-1 draw at a snowy Turf Moor yesterday.

The result meant Chelsea extended its lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, but this was one of the most uncomfortable games that Antonio Conte's side has experienced for some time.

Pedro Rodriguez finished off a rapid counterattack to put Chelsea ahead in the seventh minute, only for Burnley to equalise through Robbie Brady's curling, 25-metre free kick in the 24th.

Burnley had the better chances to win the game, with the team's physical presence and threat on the counterattack causing Chelsea problems throughout.

Since losing 3-0 to Arsenal on September 24, Chelsea has won all of its games, except for a 2-0 loss to Tottenham on January 4 and a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on January 31.

Manchester City will go second and trim Chelsea's lead to eight points if it beats Bournemouth today.

Burnley had won nine of its previous 10 games in all competitions at its ground, with its only home loss since early October coming against Man City.

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