Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

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The Blues are desperate to finish in the top four to secure Champions League football and will aim to bounce back from the loss to Liverpool

Chelsea are still in the fight for a spot in next season's Champions League, with the Blues battling Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United for a top-four place.

Maurizio Sarri's side suffered defeat last weekend as they went down 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield, leaving them in fifth place behind both Arsenal, on goal difference, and Spurs.

Burnley have all but secured their Premier League status for next season after a difficult campaign under Sean Dyche and he will be hoping for much better from his side after the Blues won the reverse fixture 4-0 at Turf Moor back in October.

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Chelsea Injuries


Chelsea's latest concern is over Eden Hazard's fitness as he was seen limping after his side's Europa League win over Slavia Prague. Maurizio Sarri has since moved to play down concerns over the Belgian, describing the injury as "nothing serious".

Antonio Rudiger is, however, at risk of missing out on Monday after being hauled off injured against Liverpool with a knee injury, with Andreas Christensen again set to deputise.

Marcos Alonso and Ethan Ampadu are also doubtful after missing the midweek Europa League clash that Chelsea won 4-3 on the night to set-up a semi-final meeting with Frankfurt.

The Blues have a clean bill of health otherwise, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to manage his chronic back problems, which led him to withdraw from the England squad in March.

Antonio Rudiger


Suspensions


Neither Chelsea nor Burnley have any suspensions to contend with ahead of Monday's match.


Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up


Chelsea will hope to have Eden Hazard back from his knock sustained against Slavia Prague. Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, is in dire need of goals to convince his temporary employers to take up the option and make his loan move from Juventus permanent.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek appear to have forced their way into Sarri's first-team plans after starting the last three league games in a row, and both were left out of the line-up on Thursday.

Andreas Christensen will continue to play if Rudiger is out, leaving Gary Cahill on the bench, despite having not played since November 2018. Cesar Azpilicueta is the only Chelsea player to have started in every league game.

Chelsea predicted XI


Burnley Team News


Peter Crouch is out with an abdominal injury ahead of his side's visit to Stamford Bridge. Steven Defour, who has seen his career stutter due to injury, is also out with a calf problem.

Aaron Lennon has an unknown return date relating to his knee issue, but Phil Bardsley could return from a freak injury where he sliced his leg open on a table while playing head tennis.


TV channel & kick-off time


The match at Stamford Bridge kicks off at 20.00 BST (15:00 ET) on Sunday and it will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. In the US, the game is available on NBC Sports.


Best Opta Match Facts


  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Eden Hazard has scored nine goals in 17 Premier League games played on a Monday, more than any other Chelsea player in the competition. He netted a brace in his last such game, against West Ham earlier this month.

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