Chelsea can – at least temporarily – extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to some 10 points if they can see off struggling Burnley, who have just one away win to their name.
Manager Jose Mourinho will not allow the hosts to be distracted by the prospect of winning silverware in the upcoming Capital One Cup final, with any mistake in the league ready to pounced upon by Manchester City. That is especially after the all the work which went into beating Everton, where Willian’s late winner relieved the tension.
The Blues come into this following their Champions League match in Paris in midweek, where they had to withstand a second half onslaught. These last two games have allowed goalkeepers Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois to prove their immense worth to team, who will be expected to collect three more points here.
Few will give Burnley much hope of pulling off a shock result here, but they will look back on their fine comeback at Man City in December for inspiration. They even gave a strong performance at Manchester United despite losing 3-1, with their vulnerability from set-pieces proving fatal once again.
Other results in the last round of Premier League fixtures saw the Clarets slip into the bottom three. It may be a backs to the wall job here, but they must be aware of the threat provided by John Terry and the in-form Branislav Ivanovic when crosses come into their penalty area.
After playing in Paris, Diego Costa in set to play for Chelsea in the Premier League for the first time since scoring twice at Swansea City on January 17, but John Obi Mikel is out.
For Burnley, long-term absentees Kevin Long, Dean Marney and Matt Taylor all miss out again, but left-back Stephen Ward is back in contention.
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