Burnley 1-2 Chelsea: Moses rescues Blues all three points

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With four matches remaining in the Premier League season, Antonio Conte‘s side has everything to play for in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Chelsea picked up a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Burnley on Thursday afternoon at the Turf Moor behind Victor Moses‘ second-half finish.

Moses was active throughout the match for Chelsea, playing a hand in both goals.

Ashley Barnes pulled a goal back for the Clarets in the 64th minute, but it wasn’t enough for the seventh place side to steal points off the Blues for the second time in 2017/18.

Alvaro Morata’s struggles continued on the day, as the Spanish international had a quality breakaway chance to seal the game early in the second half, but put his right-footed attempt wide of the goal.

The Blues went in front in the 20th minute after Burnley defender Kevin Long put the ball into his own net off of a dangerous cross from Victor Moses on the righthand side of the box.

Olivier Giroud made heavy claims for a penalty in the eighth minute, when the striker went to ground after having been contacted by Long.

The Frenchman started the match paired with Alvaro Morata up front as Antonio Conte looked to rest Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup semifinal against Southampton.

The victory for the Blues puts Conte and Co. within five points of Spurs with four matches remaining in the PL campaign. Tottenham currently occupies the fourth Champions League position in England’s top flight.

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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PL Preview: Burnley vs. Chelsea

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  • Clarets won 3-2 on Aug. 12
  • Chelsea 8 points back of 4th place
  • Burnley leads all-time 37W-24D-34L

Burnley can climb into sixth place with a win over visiting Chelsea on Thursday at Turf Moor (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

It’s the two clubs’ first meeting since a bonkers Opening Day saw Burnley build a 3-0 lead, then hold on for a 3-2 win against a Blues side which finished with nine men.

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Antonio Conte says he’ll use January signing Emerson Palmieri in the match ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup semifinal against Southampton.

What they’re saying

Burnley’s Sean Dyche on how opening win set season’s tone“Apart from the real superpowers everyone waits for that first win and it makes a story if you don’t get that first win in a number of games. That’s gone immediately, so your away win and a win have cleared up. It changes the immediate feel of a season. … And we’ve not really looked back, even with a tough period of 11 games when our performance levels were still pretty decent.”

Chelsea’s Conte on chasing the Top Four: “We have to try until the end to reach this target. If we want to be realistic, then with five games to go it’s not simple to reduce the gap. But we must have the will to fight until the end and the desire to reach this target. We play a really strong team in Burnley, a team having a fantastic season and it won’t be easy to get the three points. But we have to try to win this game. We can’t allow for a start like what happened against Southampton, we have to try to avoid this if we want to keep the hope of finishing in the top four.”

Prediction

Burnley have defied all odds this season and just may chase down Arsenal for sixth if it can beat the Gunners in May and pick up a result here. We think they manage just that in a 1-1 draw against a weakened Chelsea focused on Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal.

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.