Chelsea’s race for top four is at a delicate junction as they travel to face an upbeat Burnley side on Thursday in the Premier League.
Team and Injury News:
Jon Walters returned to the Burnley squad after missing much of the season due to injury, while Ben Mee is out of the side with some fresh problems. Otherwise Steven Defour, Robbie Brady and Scott Arfield are the long term absentee of the Clarets. Manager Sean Dyche, who has done a tremendous job this season will be starting Pope on goal and is expected to field a two men striking line with both Barnes and Wood.
For the Blues, Danny Drinkwater is out with a groin problem. It has to be seen whether Olivier Giroud gets a nod ahead of Morata, after the Frenchman scored a brace in Chelsea’s win at Southampton last week.
The quest for top four is still on for the Blues, amid a turmoil regarding manager Conte’s future and other off field sagas. The Champions haven’t lived up to the expectations this season, but their last week’s comeback win against the Saints show the mettle and they will be hoping to finish the season on a high with still FA Cup being a competition they can win.
Burnley have had a dream season under Sean Dyche and are in contention of Europe next season, and their form at Turf Moor has been quite clinical. So the hosts will be hoping to rise on the occasion and do a double over the Londoners, as they already won at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season.
Probable Line Up:
Burnley: Pope; Ward, Long, Lowton, Tarkowski; Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Lennon; Barnes, Wood
Chelsea: Courtois; Christensen, Azpilicueta, Cahill; Emerson, Zappacosta; Kante, Hazard, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro; Giroud
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Select HD 1 from 00.15 IST on Friday for Indian viewers.