Burnley vs Chelsea Preview | Latest Team News | Expected Line-Ups | Predicted Score
Here is our match preview ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Burnley including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Chelsea will be looking to go second in the Premier League table with a win when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon.
The Blues warmed up for the game with a routine 3-1 victory over BATE Borisov in the group stages of the Europa League on Thursday night to put them within touching distance of the knockout phase of the competition. However, it’s Premier League matters at hand today as they look to keep the pressure on the top two.
Liverpool moved clear at the top of the table with a win over Cardiff City yesterday but Chelsea can close the gap to two points and leapfrog Manchester City in to second position with a win at turf Moor this afternoon.
The West Londoners scored a 96th minute equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw against Manchester United last weekend but they’ll be confident of getting back to winning ways against a Burnley side who sit 14th in the division after being thrashed 5-0 by City last time out.
Eden Hazard will be given a late fitness test after missing the BATE game with a back injury but the Belgian international is expected to be passed fit to return this afternoon.
Maurizio Sarri is set to make several changes from the side that won in midweek with Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante among those pushing for recalls.
Burnley welcome Robbie Brady back in to the squad for the first time since last December but Aaron Lennon is set to miss out with a virus while Ben Gibson is still working his way back to full match fitness.
Burnley 0-2 Chelsea: The Blues have a good record away to Burnley as they’re yet to lose a Premier League match at Turf Moor and Sean Dyche’s side have taken just two points from their last 12 home games against the ‘big six’. Burnley are struggling to replicate their excellent form from last season and I think Chelsea will ease to a 2-0 victory this afternoon.
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