Chelsea head to the Turf Moor Thursday night to take on Burnley in a match-up of what could be England’s two entries into the UEFA Europa League next season.
While the Blues may be significantly favored, it’s going to be a very tough battle for Antonio Conte’s men.
Burnley are riding a hot streak, winners of five in a row, and they hold a nice advantage in the all time series.
The Clarets have won 33, the Blues 23, with 16 stalemates in the all time series.
With Marcos Alonso now suspended by the FA for this match, Blues boss Antonio Conte might select little used newcomer Emerson Palmieri for his first team.
Because of the incident this past week, we did not predict Antonio Rudiger in our back line.
Elsewhere, David Luiz (knee), Ethan Ampadu (ankle) and Danny Drinkwater remain out for last year’s Premier League champions.
Flipping over to the Burnley side, the hosts will be without Scott Arfield, Steven Defour, Ben Mee and Robbie Brady. Also, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Jon Walters could be match fit in time, but probably won’t be.
Odds: Chelsea 5/6, Draw 12/5, Burnley 16/5
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Prediction: Burnley 1, Chelsea 2
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Report: Chelsea to shore up loan army with CSKA Moscow midfielder Golovin
According to Russian news outlet Sport24, Chelsea continue to keep tabs on CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who was first linked with the Blues at the end of last season.
Chelsea’s intention apparently remains to send him on loan to Vitesse, where he could link up with his former coach Lenoid Slutsky.
Slutsky is set to take over the reigns at Chelsea’s loan partner at the start of next season after getting sacked halfway through this season at Hull City (where Chelsea also supported him with a number of loanees, including Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori, and Michael Hector).
Golovin already has four seasons of senior club football under his belt and as well as 17 caps with the Russian national team.
Per the report, it’s “personal interest” from Chelsea owner (and Slutsky pal) Roman Abramovich that’s fueling these rumors, which would explain why such an established (if still young) player would be slated for the Eredivisie.
But for now, this is only a transfer rumour, so any conjecture about the “state of things” is probably premature … not to mention, Golovin, who is is a lock for a World Cup spot in his own country, may not be too fond of leaving one of Russia’s biggest clubs just to get his foot in the door of European top level football.