Chelsea v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 18, 2019
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea host relegation battling Burnley on Monday night, with the Blues still chasing a top four spot before the end of the season.
Chelsea beat Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor earlier this season, with Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all on the score sheet.
The Clarets have have never beaten Chelsea in their nine Premier League meetings.
Chelsea will be without defender Antonio Rudiger for the visit of Sean Dyche's side, with Andreas Christensen expected to fill in at centre back.
Burnley will hand a late fitness test to full back Phil Bardsley who is recovering from a thigh injury, with Matt Lowton expected to continue at right back if he misses out. Steven Defour, Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon remain sidelined for the Lancashire side.
Chelsea v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Sarri's side are still right in the middle of a battle with Arsenal and Manchetser United to seal a place in the top four come the end of the season. He knows that cannot afford any slip ups, particularly with their two rivals likely to have picked up wins the day before, with just five games left in the campaign.
Burnley should already have done enough to secure their Premier League survival for another season, after a run of three back to back wins heading into this clash. They have hit form at just the right time to put some distance between themselves and the drop zone, with eight points now separating them and 18th place Cardiff City.
With Burnley having very little left to play for, the onus will be on Chelsea to make sure they do not stumble, and a home win comes in at 1/3.
With three wins in their last four games, and seven goals scored, Chelsea will be hopeful of pushing this top four race all the way to the wire - and with that in mind a Blues win with over 1.5 total goals scored is at 4/9.
Chelsea to win 2-0 at 11/2
The Blues have something to play for, and Burnley do not, and this tie could well be decided by something as simple as that on Monday night. Sarri's future at the club is still in doubt, and he has to keep winning games to ease the pressure on his position as the season nears its end.
Eden Hazard to score anytime at 4/5
Hazard's form will be critical in deciding where Chelsea finish at the end of the season, and Sarri knows he needs to keep his talisman in flying form in the weeks ahead. The Belgian international is in good form netting three goals in his last two league games for the West London side.