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Watch Live: Burnley vs. Chelsea (Lineups & Live Stream)

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Nine points in front with three months left to play, many believe Chelsea has the Premier League title already wrapped up. They can push the lead even further with a road win today as the Blues visit Turf Moor to take on Burnley live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN or live online at

Thanks to more chaos below them as second-placed Spurs lost on Saturday, the Blues are looking to extend their advantage after naming an unchanged side.

David Luiz is in the starting lineup for the 21st straight time despite Antonio Conte noting midweek that he’s been playing with pain in his knee. The Brazilian has been a revelation in his first season back with the Blues, having returned over the summer from PSG. He starts alongside regular defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and captain Gary Cahill who makes his 150th Premier League appearance for the Blues, while Diego Costa heads the attack with the in-form Eden Hazard behind him.

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Burnley, meanwhile, has traded wins and losses dating back to New Year’s Eve, with their home form perfect since that time. They sit in 13th in the table nine points above trouble, but they must continue to trudge on to avoid seeing themselves slip into the relegation battle, as bottom-half sides are often prone to doing towards the end of the season with nothing else to fight for.

With Jeff Hendrick suspended following his straight red in the early proceedings of last week’s loss to Watford, manager Sean Dyche has handed debut starts to January signings Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood, sending Scott Arfield to the bench as well. Striker Sam Vokes remains on the sidelines with Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes preferred up front.

Should Burnley pull off the upset, it would be the club’s first league win over Chelsea since 1983, and would mark six straight home wins for the first time in 56 years, dating back to an eight-game streak in the early goings of the 1961/62 season.


Burnley: Heaton; Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton; Brady, Westwood, Barton, Boyd; Barnes, Gray.
Subs: Tarkowski, Flanagan, Arfield, Robinson, Gudmundsson, Darikwa, Vokes.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.
Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa: Gestede’s debut header ruins the party

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  • Cherries suffer defeat in first-ever PL game
  • Gestede grabs winner 13 minutes into debut
  • Villa win third-straight opening day game
  • 6 debutants for Villa

AFC Bournemouth suffered a 1-0 defeat at home against Aston Villa in their first-ever Premier League game. Rudy Gestede’s towering header in the second half was the difference, as the Cherries had the better chances but failed to capitalized down in the sun on the South Coast of England.

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It was a scrappy start at the Vitality Stadium as both teams felt their way into the match. The first real chance fell to Bournemouth as Simon Francis played the ball into Marc Pugh but he fired his shot over from just inside the box.

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Bournemouth continued to push as the first half wore on with Dan Gosling wasting a good chance and firing over after Pugh waltzed through Villa’s defense. Striker Callum Wilson then squandered a good chance after racing clear with Brad Guzan making the stop, and the U.S. international was called into action just before half time as Pugh saw his powerful shot well-saved.

After a first half where Villa were lucky to go in level, Sherwood’s men improved in the second half and Idrissa Gueye had his shot well-saved by Artur Boruc after a surging run from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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Substitute Gestede volleyed a shot wide of the far post as Villa continued to push for the opener, but Bournemouth continued to look more comfortable in possession and brought on new signing Max Gradel for the final 20 minutes.

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In the battle of the subs, Gestede came out on top as he powered home a header from Ashley Westwood’s corner to score his first Villa goal just 13 minutes after coming on as a sub. Late on Bournemouth pressed for an equalizer but Matt Ritchie was off target with two efforts.

Ashley Westwood says Arsenal will have “sleepless nights” over Christian Benteke

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After starting the season on pace to become the lowest scoring team in Premier League history, Aston Villa became revitalized under manager Tim Sherwood and were able to avoid relegation.

The major reason for Villa’s safety was Christian Benteke, who scored 12 goals in his last 12 matches after struggling with form and injuries in the beginning of the campaign.

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Despite an overall disappointing season for the Villans, the club does have a chance at FA Cup glory when they face off against Arsenal this Saturday in the final at Wembley.

Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is counting on the big Belgian striker to carry the load for the Villans, and said Arsenal will be having “sleepless nights” ahead of kick-off.

Christian is a real handful for anyone. He’s back to his best now, bullying defenders.

They won’t want to play against him. I’m sure they’ll be having sleepless nights about him.

It’s going to be a tall order for Benteke to lead Villa over Arsenal, as it takes a team effort to break down the solidarity of Arsene Wenger’s side. Considering Benteke scored over 40 percent of Villa’s goals this season, he will need support from his teammates in the final.

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Fabian Delph has been in great form all season for the Villans, while Jack Grealish and Tom Cleverly have stepped up their game in the final matches of the Premier League season.

Aston Villa is playing in its 11th FA Cup final, with the last trophy being lifted way back in 1957. Arsenal is looking to repeat after defeating Hull City in the final last year.

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley: Ings ensures Clarets finish with a win

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Burnley beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park on Sunday, as the already relegated Clarets secured back-to-back away wins in the Premier League.

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The only goal of the game arrived early on as Danny Ings headed home to give Sean Dyche’s men their eighth victory of the season. Villa had a great chance for Gabriel Agbonlahor denied by Tom Heaton in the second half as Tim Sherwood’s side prepared for their FA Cup final at Wembley against Arsenal next week in awful fashion.

With the win, Burnley in 19th spot on 33 points and Villa finished just one place above the drop zone in 17th on 38 points.

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Burnley took the lead in the sixth minute as a looping ball into the box was headed across goal by Ashley Barnes and Inges flicked home a header into the top corner to give the Clarets a lead. 1-0.

The Clarets were getting stuck in and Fredrik Ulvestad was booked for a poor challenge on Jack Grealish as Villa struggled to get into the match. Barnes hobbled off in the first half but Burnley held onto their lead as the half time whistle blew.

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In the second half Christian Benteke played in Agbonlahor but he was denied by Heaton and the England goalkeeper also denied Charles N’Zogbia and Ashley Westwood as Villa couldn’t find an equalizer.

Burnley almost doubled their lead but young goalkeeper Jed Steer, who was making his first start in the Premier League on Sunday, denied George Boyd after Ings had cleverly played him in.


Aston Villa: Steer, Baker, Vlaar, Bacuna (Hutton, 80′), Cleverley (Sinclair, 72′), Agbonlahor, Westwood, Delph, Benteke, N’Zogbia, Grealish

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee; Arfield, Jones, Ulvestad (Taylor, 65′), Boyd; Barnes (Vokes, 34′); Ings (Reid, 87′)

Goal: Ings (6′)

VIDEO: Shane Long scores stunning long-range goal as Southampton cruise

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Take a bow, Shane Long.

The Republic of Ireland international bagged two goals in the first half of Southampton’s game against Aston Villa on Saturday and the second was an absolute beaut.

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Long robbed Ashley Westwood of the ball on the halfway line and surged forward before spotting Shay Given off his line and curling home a magnificent effort from 30-yards out.

Watch the video above to see what will surely be a goal of the season contender.