Chelsea take on the visitors Burnley in the round 35 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Monday, April 22nd at Stamford Bridge (London).
In the current season there are a lot of rumors about the fact that the team leader Eden Hazard will leave. Despite the criticism that mercilessly pours into the address of the Belgian player, he is the best assistant and top scorer at Chelsea, so its importance to the club is hard to overestimate. On the contribution to the attacking actions of the team, he is the best in the Premier League. Dribbling is his strongest side, thanks to which he is able to beat several opponents in a small space. When Hazard is not on the field, other Chelsea players are not so successful in delivering the ball to dangerous areas. Kante, Kovacic and Barkley are not yet able to adequately perform the functions of Eden. Against highly pressing teams, the dribbling of Eden is very important. At the moment, we are seeing how head coach Sarri is trying to build in Chelsea that system of the game, which he successfully preached in Napoli. Azar badly fits into such a game system, because he plays poorly for defense, fills terribly the free zones, which allows opponents to develop their attacks. When Eden is on the field, he does not notice the partners, and there is a big problem in the matter of team interactions. Sarri is trying to get Eden to put more pressure on him, but so far the Belgian has serious problems in this aspect. The Belgian is already 28 years old, and it is unlikely that the Italian specialist will teach him to play differently. On the one hand, Hazard is the best player in the Sarri system, but on the other hand, it destroys this system. According to the results of the current season, the “aristocrats” risk flying past the Champions League. Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United compete for two places (3-4) in the standings, having almost equal chances for success. In addition, the "blue" continue to play in the Europa League, where they have excellent chances to take the trophy.
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After the first qualifying matches of the Euro 2020 qualification ended, Burnley found their best conditions at the very right moment. The team, modest in the Premier League, managed to beat Wolverhampton, Bournemouth and Cardiff in a row. Of course, the current season will no longer be more successful for the “claret” than the previous one, but at the same time they guaranteed a place in the Premier League for the upcoming season. After 34 matches, the Burnley has 39 points, which allows them to go in 14th place. In the current season, “Burnley” even managed to play in the international arena, which is a real success. Yes, they failed to show themselves in the Europa League properly, because the team did not even reach the group round, however, such an experience would still be invaluable for the players. Wards of Shaun Dyche balanced most of the season on the verge of relegation, however, a good spring allowed to maintain residence in the elite. Barnes and Wood continue to carry on this very cute team.
The face-to-face first-round duel in October at the “Turf Moore” stadium turned out to be unsuccessful for the hosts - they lost with the score 0-4. The beginning of the defeat put Morata in the middle of the first half, and the remaining three goals flew into the gate "Burnley" after the break. Over the past 10 years, the teams played each other 9 times, in which Chelsea celebrated victory 6 times, Burnley - 1, and two more meetings ended in a peaceful outcome. “Burnley” looks good in the spring, but the team is not fighting for anything. But the "aristocrats" are fierce struggle for getting into the Champions League, and will do everything to convincingly take three points in this meeting.
Prediction for the match: Chelsea to win with -1.0 handicap.