BURNLEY new boy Jon Walters has declared 'Bring it on' as he insists the Clarets could be facing champions Chelsea at an opportune time today.

And however this afternoon's Stamford Bridge clash (3pm) finishes it is unlikely to top Walters own personal nightmare against the Blues in January 2013 when he scored two own goals in the same game and then missed a penalty for good measure.

But the 33-year-old laughed off that horror show in the Potteries when he was reminded of it on Thursday, declaring 'there are a lot worse things that can happen to you in life'.

Walters scored two headed own goals at the bet365 Stadium that day to hand Chelsea a 2-0 lead, with the Blues going on to win 4-0, with Walters smashing a last minute penalty against the bar.

"I was on fire!," he joked of his own goal double this week.

"It happens, one of only a few who has scored a couple of own goals in a game. I laughed it off straight away, went home and got battered, the kids put it on telly straight away laughing at me.

"You have ups and downs, it doesn’t bother me. There are a lot worse things that can happen to you in life."

Walters has plenty of good memories of facing the Blues as well and he has scored against them in the last two seasons.

It's not been a smooth summer for the champions either, with Nemanja Matic departing, Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa's future still not settled.

That has given Walters hope that Burnley could cause a shock at the Bridge.

"Bring it on. It’s probably a good time to play them, first game of the season," the Republic of Ireland international said.

"They might not gel, they’ll have players coming back from internationals, a few injuries, maybe suspensions, no better time than first game away and hopefully we can cause a few surprises."

Walters' chances of making his Clarets debut today increased with the departure of Andre Gray to Watford in the week.

He has followed Michael Keane out of Turf Moor this summer but Walters believes Burnley's collective strength can cope with the loss.

"We’ve lost a striker who scored a lot of goals last year and you will miss certain aspects of his game but I think the strength of the team is the unity," Walters said.

"We will miss him and whether we bring in someone else I don’t know, I think we’ve got enough anyway without him."

Walters was one of the first new faces through the door at Burnley this summer and he has settled in quickly.

He said: It’s a good place to come and work. You know you’re coming in as an experienced player and you have a job to do.

"You’re going to have ups and downs throughout the season and as a player playing in the team I don’t really know where the manager wants me to play yet.

"I’ve played in different positions over the course of pre-season friendlies, we’ll see during the course of the season how things go."