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Match Preview: Chelsea vs Burnley

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Chelsea host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, as the Blues have the chance to get back in a Champions League spot with a victory.

Mauricio Sarri’s side will be looking to take advantage of Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City and get back in a Champions League spot with a win over Burnley on Monday night.

Chelsea face the Clarets on the back of an exciting 4-3 victory over Slavia Prag on Thursday, securing their place in the Europa League semi-finals against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Burnley travel to Stamford Bridge after three successive Premier League wins over Wolverhampton, Bournemouth, and Cardiff respectively.

Team news

Eden Hazard, who suffered a knock in the Europa League clash with Slavia Prag should be fit in time to face Burnley on Monday night.

German defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to miss out due to a knee issue, alongside Marco van Ginkel and Ethan Ampadu.

Right back Phil Bardsley, who missed the last two games in the Premier League is doubtful for Burnley’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

Peter Crouch (appendix), Aaron Lennon (knee) and midfielder Steven Defour (calf) remain sidelined for the Clarets.

What did the managers say

Mauricio Sarri wants to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition but also wants a top-four finish from his Chelsea side.

“We have to try in the Premier League. We have to try in the Europa league. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition, not because of going in the Champions League.

“So we have to try to get top four. It’s not easy for us because we only play four matches, but we have to try,” Sarri said, as we reported earlier today.

“The last four or five matches will be difficult for every team involved in fighting for the top four, not only for us. So we can see some very strange results in the last part of the season. We are going to fight and see at the end.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his team is not safe yet in the battle to stay in the Premier League.

“We have four important and tough games coming up, as do the others,” he said via Burnley’s official website.

“There’s lots to play for and we have to continue to play hard to get what we want. It’s not done until it’s done, but we are on a good run of three wins, very important wins, and good performances that have backed those up.

Stats

Chelsea have won six of their nine Premier League matches against Burnley, though they did lose this exact fixture last season (2-3).

Eden Hazard likes Mondays. The Belgium international has netted nine times in 17 games at the start of the week.

Burnley have only won one of their last 11 matches away to Chelsea in all competitions, losing seven times in the process.

Chelsea have only lost one of their 20 Premier League matches played on a Monday at Stamford Bridge (W15 D4).

None of Burnley’s previous nine Premier League matches played on a Monday have ended in a draw, as the Clarets have won a total of nine points in those games.

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