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Watch Live: Burnley v Chelsea; Leicester v Saints

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Two big Premier League games are coming your way on Thursday as Burnley host Chelsea at Turf Moor, while Leicester welcome Southampton to the King Power Stadium.

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Burnley are aiming to win six-straight games in the Premier League as reigning champs Chelsea head to Lancashire hoping to cut the gap on the top four to just five points.

In team news from Turf Moor, Burnley start Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes up top together as Sean Dyche looks to get at the visitors early with plenty of balls into the box. Chelsea rest Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of the FA Cup semifinal and start Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata up top together.

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As for Leicester against Saints the Foxes’ hopes of European action are all but over after a poor run of form, while Southampton are battling for their lives in the relegation zone but a win would move Saints to just two points from safety with four games to play.

The teams news from Leicester is that Kasper Schmeichel is out injured in goal, while Claude Puel has picked an attacking lineup with Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho up top and the Mahrez, Gray and Albrighton all starting.

Saints are unchanged from the team which started so well against Chelsea before collapsing to lose last time out.

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Burnley’s amazing season isn’t getting enough attention

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It’s not quite Leicester City winning the Premier League, but Burnley’s incredible run toward the UEFA Europa League is simply amazing.

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It wasn’t too long along that Burnley returned to the top flight, trumpeted as the “smallest town to ever have its own Premier League team.”

Now, Turf Moor will see Europa League football if it nurses a healthy leads on eighth-place Leicester over the season’s final five matches and Southampton fails to win the FA Cup.

With respect to Saints, fighting for their Premier League lives and needing cup wins over Chelsea and either Manchester United or Spurs, it’s looking very likely.

We can just see hard-boiled manager Sean Dyche heading into the chairman’s office ahead of a UEL campaign, demanding “11 more players who will put their face through a plate of glass for me.”

“It shows a lot about our character,” said Chris Wood, the record signing who scored Saturday’s opener in a 2-1 win over the Foxes.

“Hopefully there’s a lot more to come. Europa League is definitely not sorted. We still have five games to come so we’ll be looking to prepare for those just the same and hopefully.”

It’s not insane to think Burnley could climb into sixth and get an automatic space in the UEL, either.

Arsenal has a two-point lead on the Clarets with a match-in-hand and vastly superior goal differential, but the Gunners also face Europa League schedule congestion and awful fixtures the rest of the way.

One of those will be a six-pointer versus the Clarets. Say both sides lose their toughest remaining fixtures (Burnley vs. Chelsea, Arsenal at Man Utd): May 6 looms large.

Arsenal run-in
Sunday: Newcastle (A)
4/22: West Ham (H)
4/26: Atletico Madrid (H)
4/29: Manchester United (A)
5/3: Atletico Madrid (A)
5/6: Burnley (H)
5/9: Leicester City (A)
5/13: Huddersfield Town (A)

Burnley run-in
Thursday: Chelsea (H)
4/22: Stoke City (A)
4/28: Brighton and Hove Albion (H)
5/6: Arsenal (A)
5/13: Bournemouth (H)

Just consider the tests Burnley have passed since beating Chelsea away on Aug. 12. There are draws away to Spurs, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool (though they’ve also lost at home to all of those teams and Arsenal).

Now after holding off Leicester at Turf Moor, UEL is really and truly within their sights.

“In five and a half years there has been a lot of work done here,” said manager Sean Dyche. “We have had some tough times and some very good times. Who knows what it will bring but we will just wait and see.”

Dyche should be in consideration for Manager of the Year, and would win it in a world without Manchester City. Maybe he should anyway, and full marks to Burnley for holding onto their man — and Dyche staying put — despite relegation.

Leicester boss Claude Puel stands impressed with the Turf Moor squad, admitting that his Foxes won’t catch the Clarets.

“It is difficult because we lose our run for the Europa League cup but congratulations to Burnley,” he said. “They deserve it. They have been consistent in their play. There were a lot of battles in the beginning of the match. It was close but after the two goals it was surprising.”

Burnley 2-1 Leicester City: Clarets keep up European pace

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  • Burnley wins 5th-straight PL match
  • Clarets have firm grip on seventh
  • Vardy scores again in loss

Chris Wood and Kevin Long scored and Burnley held through Leicester City’s furious fight back for a 2-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy scored for the eighth place Foxes, now nine points back of the Clarets.

Burnley can taste the Europa League. Provided Southampton fails to win the FA Cup, seventh place will mean UEL football.

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It was the Kiwi who started the scoring, Wood getting a ball from Ashley Barnes off a Wes Morgan turnover. Kasper Schmeichel stopped his first attempt, but Barnes trapped the rebound and slotted from a tight angle.

It was 2-0 within two minutes, a Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson corner kick headed home by the big man Long.

The 27th minute saw Leicester snap into the fray with Ben Chilwell crossing for Vardy, but the Englishman could not get enough on the effort.

Nick Pope made an unreal save on Mahrez, somehow trapping the ball between his upper thighs as the Algerian attempted to head between the Burnley keeper’s legs.

Pope then collected a Vardy header in first half stoppage to preserve the two-goal advantage.

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Guðmundsson bid to beat Schmeichel with his left peg in the 55th minute, but it sailed just over the goal.

Pope made a fine diving save on Vardy in the 62nd, leading to a corner the keeper collected with ease.

Fousseni Diabate took a hit to find Vardy for the goal, with Pope only able to get a hand on the English international’s 20th in all competitions.

AT HALF: Thrills in the M23 Derby; Burnley nailing down 7th

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While two matches haven’t complied with Chelsea and Southampton’s early morning thriller, we’ve had a pair of beauties amongst the Premier League’s four 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs.

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Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

The M23 Derby is nowhere near disappointing, with Wilfried Zaha scoring early and again to join James Tomkins in a trio of goals for the Selhurst Park set.

Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo have scored for the Gulls, the latter the latest in a series of gorgeous goals from the Colombian scorer (What a pass!).

Swansea City 0-1 Everton

It’s a Kyle Naughton own goal which has Swans down at home to Sam Allardyce‘s Toffees.

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Watford

Not much happening at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Burnley 2-0 Leicester City

Nick Pope‘s made a few terrific saves for Burnley, who looks set to finish 7th and qualify for the Europa League (as long as Southampton fails to win the FA Cup). Chris Wood and Kevin Long have the goals at Turf Moor, and the latter’s header was powerful.

Watford 1-2 Burnley: Clarets launch comeback

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  • Burnley in 7th place
  • Four-straight wins for Burnley
  • Vokes, Cork score twice in three minutes

Burnley fought back to win 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

Roberto Pereyra put Watford ahead in the second half but goals from Sam Vokes and Jack Cork turned the game on its head.

Burnley stay in seventh as their fine season continues.

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Burnley thought they had gone 1-0 up after 90 seconds but in-form Chris Wood was flagged for offside.

At the other end Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra went close as Watford came into the game.

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Before the break Pereyra had a shot towards goal which Nick Pope saved superbly as the home side finished the first half strongly.

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After the break the home side took the lead as Will Hughes danced through several Burnley challenges before the ball fell to Pereyra who slotted home into the bottom corner. 1-0 to Watford.

Soon the game turned on its head.

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Vokes then came on and scored with his first touch to level things up. Adrian Mariappa‘s header was short and Vokes prodded home his first goal since November. 1-1. Game on.

Less than three minutes later it was 2-1 to Burnley as the game-winner came from an unlikely source.

A cross into the box found Cork and his header just went over the line as Orestis Karnezis tried to claw it away.