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Chelsea - Burnley
Premier League - 22 April 2019
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Dyche is slapping his sides wondering where all this added time has come from as Chelsea win a late corner but there goes the final whistle!!!!!
Dyche marches over to the travelling fans, arms aloft, applauding the travelling fans. 40 points up for Burnley and they are all but assured of a place in the Premier League next season.
More angry Chelsea members on the touchline with Antonio Rudiger getting involved. Shambles.
- Yellow cardMateo KovacicChelsea
Tempers are starting to boil over now, as Kovacic joins Pedro in the book with Burnley winding down the clock in the corner. It's precisely what they would've wanted at this stage as Sarri is sent to the stands!
- Yellow cardPedroChelsea
Burnley stand firm defending yet another corner and on the counter-attack it's a cynical handball from Pedro to thwart the visitors from doing further damage. It was never going to be easy tonight for Chelsea.
We're into FIVE ADDED MINUTES as Hazard plays a rare missed pass.
CLOSE! Chelsea knock at the door once more as Hazard's corner is flicked on at the front post by Loftus-Cheek, but McNeil does well to prevent Christensen from reaching it.
They are calling on all the usual tactics to slow this game down now, as you might understand.
Superb rabona from Hazard as he just makes the game harder for himself as he looks for someone who can challenge him, but Giroud is unable to turn from the audacious cross as Tarkowski hooks clear.
Burnley haven't had possession in Chelsea's half for the last five minutes!
CLOSE! Burnley are dropping deeper and deeper as it's a clever ball from Kovacic that Loftus-Cheek manages to keep alive but Giroud is caught on his heels and didn't expect it! Mee is allowed to clear once more unopposed!
Burnley are edging their way to a crucial point here as Heaton's long ball for Barnes forces Christensen to concede the throw-in.
Chelsea survive the set piece as Pedro starts the counter-attack. Burnley are back in place to block Emerson's cross from the left before Hazard's delivery is dealt with once more by Mee.
Incidentally, Higuain was abolsutely furious at being substituted as he threw his bottle and training top to the ground in disgust at Sarri's decision.
That'll be one to monitor. Only Jermain Defoe (24) has scored more goals from the bench than Giroud's 20 in the Premier League, so there's a very good reason for the change.
- OffGonzalo HiguaínChelsea
- OnOlivier GiroudChelsea
SUB! Here comes Chelsea's third and final change as Higuain makes way for Olivier Giroud. He scored a good goal with a slice of good fortune as the ball broke off Mee, but it was an excellent finish.
SAVE! Burnley will take this as Chelsea resort to shots from range an David Luiz's 35-yard effort is followed all the way into the gloves by Heaton.
As it stands, this draw would mean Chelsea move up to fourth place, but with Arsenal and Manchester United then having a game in hand waiting in the wings.
Burnley would move onto the magical 40 points as Ben Mee shows more outstanding bravery to head clear.
Barnes is in a spot of trouble as he is the latest player to receive some treatment and Vydra goes out to warm up.
SAVE! Good low ball from Emerson is dummied by the lively Higuain, and Azpilicueta's shot from the right is save by Heaton before Loftus-Cheek gets his effort all wrong as the ball is recycled by the Spaniard.
McNeil swtiched off there for Burnley, and the youngster receives a few words of advice from Dyche as he makes his way back up the pitch.
FOUL! Luiz has his hands all over Barnes, with him too keen to win the ball. It gives Burnley the chance to launch another set piece, but the Brazilian atones for his error to clear.
FLASHPOINT! There's a coming-together here between Pedro and Taylor from David Luiz's raking ball and the Burnley full-back is very fortunate to get away with this as Pedro looked like reaching the pass.
Kevin Friend sees it the other way and awards the visitors the free-kick much to the annoyance of the home fans.
COUNTER! Sign of the danger Burnley possess - with 40 per cent of their balls long compared to just seven from Chelsea - as Cork's lofted pass over Christensen and Luiz forces Kepa to sweep up with Wood haring down onto it.
WIDE! Jorginho now invites Emerson onto the ball down the left, he has Hazard on the overlap, but he elects to go for goal.
There's plenty of power behind the shot, but the Brazilian lacks direction as the ball fizzes a good couple of yards wide. He's yet to score in the Premier League.
The weight of Hazard's passing, whether in the air or on the floor is just inch-perfect as his ball to Azpilicueta results in Mee making a fine block on the shot.
Chelsea continue to dominate possession but Burnley weren't be too concerned with Heaton yet to be unduly troubled this half.
The Blues have indeed had 77 per cent of the ball this half.
This is certainly not a case of Burnley just defending and they are happy to take the game to Chelsea both with and without the ball.
Chelsea will go in search of the win, but they have to be careful as Taylor clears under pressure from Pedro, and Tarkowski goes down with a suspected pulled muscle.
CHANCE!!! And it is a chance that has been wasted by Burnley! Chelsea lose the ball under pressure in their own half as Barnes releases Wood but he can't get his feet sorted out, and Christensen is able to thwart his attempt at a cross.
The New Zealand international just needed to open up his body and shoot for the far corner. It was Azpilicueta who was guilty of conceding possession.
SAVE! More good sharp movement from Higuain as he meets Pedro's low cross first time, but his swept right-footed shot is straight down Heaton's throat!
Tarkowski goes shoulder to shoulder with Pedro to prevent the Spaniard from making progress down the right.
Here's a good stat from the first half: Eden Hazard made 34 successful passes into the opposite half in the opening period. Burnley as a team only made 22!
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BEEP! Chelsea get us back up and running. Can Burnley hod out to get the point they need to virtually guarantee their Premier League status for a fourth successive season?
- OffN'Golo KantéChelsea
- OnMateo KovacicChelsea
SUB! Chelsea have been forced into a second change before the start of this second half as Mateo Kovacic takes the place of Kante, who has also sustained an injury.
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Emerson sees his cross blocked from the left at the expense of a corner.
Burnley hesitate to clear, worried about conceding a penalty, but Chelsea are too slow to get the ball into the box as referee Kevin Friend blows his whistle to signal the end of an exciting opening half.
Chelsea fell behind through Jeff Hendrick's stunning volley, but turned the game on its head in the space of six minutes through goals from N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain.
But Ashley Barnes' 11th Premier League goal of the season means it's all-square at the break.
The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of three minutes of stoppage time at the end of this half.
SAVE! Chelsea are just looking to rediscover their rhythm after that Hudson-Odoi setback and after Higuain winds up to shoot from distance twice, he sets up Pedro, but there's not enough power on his curled attempt and it's easy for Heaton to dive on it to his right.
- OffCallum Hudson-OdoiChelsea
SUB! It looks a fairly bad one for Hudson-Odoi as he is helped around the outskirts of the pitch by two Chelsea physios. It is going to be Pedro who replaces him.
It was the strangest way to pick up an injury, but it looks costly enough for Pedro to replace Hudson-Odoi as the Spaniard is instructed to warm up. Barkley has also gone to jog up and down the touchline with Loftus-Cheek a concern.
Hudson-Odoi's touch this time is poor, and he winces in pain without contact from a Burnley player. Did he just jar his knee? He looks like he's injured everything! Hopefully he can run this off...
Friend plays a good advantage as Tarkowski fouls Kante and Chelsea are away.
Hudson-Odoi gets down the right but his cross is straight into the gloves of Heaton, before the referee goes back to given Tarkowski a ticking off.
- Yellow cardTom HeatonBurnley
BOOKED! The Chelsea fans have been urging referee Kevin Friend to caution Tom Heaton for time-wasting, and he's given in at the second attempt.
No more slowing this barnstorming contest down from the Burnley stopper, otherwise he'll be facing an early bath.
CLOSE! The chances just keep coming for Chelsea, who somehow aren't leading as Higuain turns on the edge of the box and shows he is capable of firing with power off both feet as this left-footed strike whistles just a yard wide of Heaton's right-hand post.
OVER! Burnley aren't really learning their lessons, or at least they have no answer to dealing with Hazard.
The Belgian is given too much time and space in the box as he tries to bend it in with his right foot but it's wayward and Burnley breathe a sigh of relief!
BLOCK! That's a sweet strike from Jorginho from the edge of the box after Burnley had only half-cleared the corner, but Barnes is able to now put head to good use in his own box as he gets himself in the way of the goalbound shot!
- GoalAshley BarnesBurnley
GOAL!!!! We're back at all-square and Chelsea just can't deal with Burnley's set pieces.
Ben Mee is found by McNeil at the far post, and the centre-back's header across goal is flicked on by Chris Wood into the path of Ashley Barnes, and he's not going to miss from there, just a few yards out!
What a half!
We're only halfway through the opening 45 minutes and Chelsea have already had seven shots despite falling behind.
Their reaction has been very impressive as Hudson-Odoi is ruled offside after more sparkling football down the right.
Burnley have got everyone back as it turns into a bit of walking football from Chelsea with Hudson-Odoi coming over to the left.
OVER! The Clarets really need to get into Chelsea's faces more, however, as Loftus-Cheek decides to take the shot from range, but his curled effort drifts a yard or so over Heaton's crossbar.
Hudson-Odoi shows a good turn of pace to beat Charlie Taylor and whip in a fine cross from the right but it's just too long for Higuain.
Burnley just need to settle themselves down.
- GoalGonzalo HiguaínChelsea
GOAL!!!!!!! Chelsea complete the turnaround and we've not even played 15 minutes!
From 1-0 down, Chelsea now lead as Gonzalo Higuain plays a tidy one-two with Azpilicueta and beats Heaton at his near post via the underside of the bar with a venomous shot!
That's much more like the Higuain of old, and the Chelsea fans sing, "You're not singing anymore!"
- GoalN'Golo KantéChelsea
GOAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! It hasn't taken long for Chelsea to reply, and Hazard is at the heart of it.
He gets his head up and isolates Lowton on the left, leaving him on his backside before laying the ball on a plate for N'Golo Kante to lash his left-foot shot beyond Heaton.
An instant response!
Only Liverpool have beaten Burnley this season after they have scored the opening goal, so there's a lot for Chelsea to do here.
That stunning volley has certainly brought tension to the stands and it is the pocket of travelling supporters making all the noise right now.
- GoalJeff HendrickBurnley
GOAL!!!!!!! What a strike, what a wonderful hit from Jeff Hendrick! It's a stunning effort as the Republic of Ireland international volleys his shot beyond Kepa to give Burnley the lead.
Azpilicueta's headed clearance from the Burnley corner was straight onto Hendrick's right boot, and he flashed his shot into the net from the edge of the box!
OFF THE LINE!! Chelsea so close to an early breakthrough as Higuain is onto Hazard's delightful flick and from the angle on the left, he lifts his shot over Heaton, but Ben Mee is back to acrobatically clear on the line!
As expected, the lion's share of possession in these early stages belongs to Chelsea, but they've often passed the ball just for the sake of it this term.
Emerson's cross having been set up by Hazard down the left is low and flat and just evades Higuain in the centre.
Here's another look at that early Chelsea chance. There was a slice of good fortune after the ball broke to Hazard off McNeil, and Loftus-Cheek was unable to adjust his footing quick enough to get his shot on the rebound away.
SAVE! This is why goalkeepers have to be alert from the first whistle as Burnley struggle to clear the first set piece and Tom Heaton is forced into an instinctive save to deny Hazard from the angle!
Azpilicueta gets forward down the right for the first time tonight and wins his side an early corner.
Not even two minutes into the game, and there's already a slight hobble about Hazard. One to monitor...
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KICK OFF! Ashley Westwood of Burnley gets us up and running, with the visitors in their traditional claret and blue strip shooting towards the Matthew Harding Stand.
TEAMS ARE OUT!
Burnley are after the points they need to guarantee themselves a place in next season's Premier League; Chelsea are after a top-four finish, and kick-off is moments away!
Burnley are eight points clear of safety, while 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).
We're five minutes from kick-off!
Burnley can play without pressure now after a stressful few weeks, and they have fond memories of this place having won here 3-2 on the opening day of last season.
Dyche is up for this one. His side have rediscovered their mojo, and are looking a lot more like the side of last season when they finished seventh.
"We've gone back to basics after a confusing start to the season when we had a lot going on, but now we just need to see it through. We go into these games open-minded as we know it's a tough task.
"We've done well against the top sides since Christmas but we know they've got some top players.
On the performances of Dwight McNeil, he added: "I've liked his calmness and he's come into the side at his age and he's affecting things."
- Burnley are on their best winning run of the season, winning their last 3 PL fixtures. Only the top 2 are currently on a longer winning run – going into the weekend.
- In all competitions, Chelsea have won 9 of 12 games, since losing the Carabao Cup Final in Feb.
- Chelsea are also unbeaten in their last 7 PL home fixtures, winning 5, and no PL side has conceded fewer goals at home this season. They’ve kept 8 clean sheets in their last 11 home games, conceding just 3 goals.
- Chelsea have won more points v bottom-half sides than any PL side this season (50) – won 16 of 19.
- Chelsea have failed to win any of their last 5 fixtures following a Europa League game (D1 L4).
Sarri has been speaking ahead of tonight's match about the encouragement he's received from Hudson-Odoi, as he prepares for a fourth Premier League start, also heaping praise on Loftus-Cheek.
He told Sky Sports: "They are improving during the matches and training. I'm really very happy with them and tonight Willian is out. Callum is fresh having missed the last game."
On what he expects from Burnley, he added: "They're a really physical team and they are in a very good mental condition having won three in a row so they're a very dangerous opponent."
...And here's the second reason why tonight represents a golden chance for the Blues ahead of their trip to face Manchester United at the weekend.
Here's the first reason why Chelsea fans are filling up the Bridge tonight with a skip and a jump...
Chelsea have had a really good Easter weekend without even kicking a ball.
The Blues have been beaten only once in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge under Sarri... and how's this for a good omen?
Famed political communicator and strategist Alastair Campbell has been giving his views on his beloved Burnley to television pitchside at the Bridge, and he makes a few very salient points...
"If the season started on December 27th, Chelsea would be sixth and Burnley would be fifth, and Dwight McNeil probably earns less than some of the youth team players at Chelsea.
"What Sean's done with virtually every season he's been with us he's got the absolute maximum out of everyone he's got.
"Football is about investing in better players than you've got and I think he knows what he wants. I'm not convinced Guardiola, Wenger, Mourinho or Klopp would do a better job than Sean has done for Burnley."
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has named the same team that beat Cardiff 2-0 in their last outing at Turf Moor, meaning Joe Hart is among the substitutes.
It's understandable give the Clarets are seeking a fourth straight win.
Ashley Westwood told Sky Sports: "We've not looked back since the defeat to Everton on Boxing Day, and after three straight wins, we come here on a high.
"We knew when the fixtures came out we needed to be in a strong position come the final four games of the season, but we won here last season, so we'll give it a shot."
BLUES MAKE FOUR CHANGES
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made four changes to his side following the 4-3 win over Slvaia Prague on Thursday night, with Callum Hudson-Odoi returning for his fourth successive Premier League start.
Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Gonzalo Higuain also return as out go Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Pedro and Olivier Giroud.
Eden Hazard has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the 8pm kick-off.
The Belgian was named among six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year, and he heads into the game in sublime form.
He said: "Even last week against Liverpool, we played a fantastic game but lost.
"For the last month we've been improving a lot, and today we can be one step closer to the top four. We've been playing more as a team, and hopefully we can show that tonight.
"If today I don't score, but we win the game, that's fine for me."
BURNLEY TEAM NEWS
Burnley XI: Heaton, Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Barnes.
Subs: Hart, Gudmundsson, Brady, Gibson, Ward, Vydra, Long.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Higuain, Hudson-Odoi.
Subs: Cabellero, Barkley, Pedro, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Cahill.
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