Chelsea team news: Hazard rested ahead of FA Cup semi-final as Conte rotates at Burnley

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The Blues have one eye on a trip to Wembley this weekend, and that has led their manager to shuffle his pack for a Premier League trip to Turf Moor

With an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has opted to shuffle his Premier League pack against Burnley, with Eden Hazard among those to be rested.

The Belgian could be a key figure in a Wembley meeting with Southampton on Sunday, and will not be risked in top-flight action as a result.

Willian, Andreas Christensen and Cesc Fabregas have also been rested, while Marcos Alonso is out with a three game ban after being retrospectively charged with violent conduct.

Elsewhere for the Blues, Olivier Giroud gets the chance to lead the line alongside Alvaro Morata after netting a match-winning brace off the bench in his last outing and Emerson Palmeiri is handed a first league start.

Antonio Rudiger returns to the side after being left out against Southampton and Tiemoue Bakayoko is making only his third appearance since January.

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Chelsea are eight points off Tottenham as they aim to shock people by challenging for a top four spot in what has been a disappointing season so far.

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Chelsea team: Courtois, Emerson, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Pedro, Giroud, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard.

Burnley team: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Ward, Lennon, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Wood. Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Marney, Vokes, Hendrick, Wells, Bardsley.

 

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