SEAN Dyche believes Burnley can take heart from their recent visits to Stamford Bridge.

The Clarets have taken four points from their last two pulsating trips to face Chelsea, the sides’ latest meeting coming in West London this afternoon.

April’s 2-2 draw saw all four goals come in the first 24 minutes of the match – Jeff Hendrick opening the scoring before Ashley Barnes levelled the game up after N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain had found the target to put the hosts in front.

That came on the back of a day Clarets fans will not forget in a hurry – the 3-2 victory on the opening day of the 2017-18 season.

Dyche’s side scored three times in the first half, through a Sam Vokes double and Stephen Ward, with the then champions starting their title defence by ending the day with nine men after red cards for Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.

While the Clarets boss knows a repeat performance will be easier said than done against Frank Lampard’s fourth-placed side, he thinks their last two outings should give them encouragement.

“The main thing about playing the big guns and getting a result is that it shows you can, therefore there’s not a backlog of people saying you can’t do it, because we’ve proved we can,” Dyche said. “It actually means nothing because once the whistle goes it’s a completely different game.

“Physiologically though it reinforces that you have done it before, in this case Chelsea or against any other side.”

On the flipside, the Clarets will also be looking for an improvement on the 4-2 defeat against the Blues at Turf Moor at the end of October, a scoreline made a little more respectable by late goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil.

Dyche is keen to take the positives from that game and knows where his side didn’t get it right on the day.

“Despite a bit of a rub of the green, and a couple of mistakes when we played them at home our chance count was as high as it’s been, especially the quality of chances,” the Clarets boss said.

“We just didn’t deal with things at the other end. You know you’ve got to defend against the teams and we will have to do that, but you’ve got to remain a threat.

“That is a tough balance to find, particularly away from home and particularly against the superpowers in the division. We’ve found it before and we’ll have to find it again.”

Chelsea’s form has been up and down at times, Lampard seeing his side taste defeat at Stamford Bridge against West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton in recent weeks.

But Dyche believes it is a case of so far, so good for the Blues legend since returning to the club after a first season in management with Derby.

“I think overall people have been pleased and impressed by what they have done,” he said.

“If I was Frank I’d be pretty happy with how it’s going there at the moment, he’ll still be thirsty for more like we all are, but he’ll be comfortable with how it’s going.”