Chelsea vs Burnley preview: Eden Hazard set to feature in Monday Night Football clash
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Last Updated: 22/04/19 6:12pm
Eden Hazard should be fit in time for Chelsea's Premier League meeting with Burnley on Monday Night Football.
The Belgium international suffered a knock during Thursday's 4-3 Europa League win over Slavia Prague but should shake that off before the Stamford Bridge clash.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to miss out again due to a knee issue.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche will assess the fitness of Phil Bardsley before finalising his squad for the trip to Chelsea.
Bardsley has missed the last two games after suffering a gash to his leg on a table tennis table, a wound which required stitches. Matt Lowton has impressed in his absence as Burnley claimed two vital wins and could keep his place even if Bardsley is passed fit.
Peter Crouch (appendix), Aaron Lennon (knee) and midfielder Steven Defour (calf) remain sidelined but are making progress.
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Chelsea have won six of their nine Premier League matches against Burnley (D2 L1), though they did lose this exact fixture last season (2-3).
Burnley have only won one of their last 11 matches away to Chelsea in all competitions (D3 L7), though it was their last such match at Stamford Bridge. The Clarets haven't won back-to-back matches at Chelsea since December 1961.
Chelsea have only lost one of their 20 Premier League matches played on a Monday at Stamford Bridge (W15 D4) - a 2-3 defeat to Manchester United on Boxing Day in 1994 under manager Glenn Hoddle.
None of Burnley's previous nine Premier League matches played on a Monday have ended in a draw, with the Clarets winning three and losing six of those games.
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 20 home league games (W12 D7), 0-1 against Leicester in December. No side has conceded fewer home goals in the Premier League this term than the Blues (10, same as Liverpool).
Burnley have won three consecutive Premier League games for the second time this season, last winning more in a row in the competition in April 2018 (a run of five).
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante has scored three Premier League goals this season, with all of them being the winning strike in the match - the best such 100% record in the competition this term.
Since the start of last season, Chris Wood has scored more Premier League goals than any other Burnley player (20).
Burnley's Dwight McNeil has been directly involved in eight Premier League goals this season (3 goals, 5 assists), the joint-most of any teenager in the competition (level with Ryan Sessegnon). The last teenager to score a Premier League goal against Chelsea was Marcus Rashford for Man Utd in April 2017.
It sounds like a walk in the park for Chelsea this but it will be hard. I just don't see how you stop [Eden] Hazard in the form he is in.
Someone has to tell Maurizio Sarri that they cannot play with a false nine, and I don't think he will against a Burnley side that are unlikely to come to Stamford Bridge and really have a go at Chelsea. Their hard work is done this season.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0