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12 August 2017

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was given a straight red card after losing the ball to Steven Defour, and going in dangerously to try and regain it.

The Clarets made their numerical advantage count 10 minutes later as Vokes fired in his first of the afternoon from a Matt Lowton delivery.

Morata had a goal disallowed for offside but then Fabregas was sent off, perhaps harshly, for a tackle on Jack Cork with eight minutes remaining.

Burnley meanwhile had lost all their previous Premier League opening day fixtures before Saturday's triumph. Chelsea are also without Eden Hazard, Pedro and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who are all injured, and they sold Nemaja Matic this summer to Manchester United.

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Coming into the new season as champions, Chelsea's prospective attacking problems had one silver lining: their defense would be undoubtedly solid. We kept a good shape early in the game, but the sending off makes a big difference.

Mounie, who joined the promoted side from France's Montpellier in July, scored his second goal 12 minutes from time in a counter-attack after being set up by substitute Collin Quaner.

"First half better, second half not as well, but they're a good side - their physicality, they're a strong side, they press high, fast, and it can put you off kilter". David Luiz really pushed the clash to the end with his 88th minute goal, but it wasn't enough to stop Sean Dyche's side recording a historic victory in the capital.

The Blues didn't come pouring out of the gates, either, though the hour mark saw a decent chance and shouts for a penalty as Burnley got extra chippy.

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New-look Everton had marginally the better of a disjointed opening spell with Sandro, another of their new signings, seeing an effort trundle just wide of the Stoke goal.

In the 3pm kick-offs, champions Chelsea were predicted to start their campaign with an easy win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge, only for Antonio Conte's men to find themselves 3-0 down at half time.

"A lot was made of our away form last season", Vokes said.

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Chelsea 2 Burnley 3