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Team News: Chelsea vs Burnley

The Dane will line up alongside Toni Rudiger in central defence with Reece James on the right and Cesar Azpilicueta on the left.

Callum Hudson-Odoi retains his place with Christian Pulisic injured. He plays in a forward line containing Tammy Abraham and Willian.

Ross Barkley also continues in midfield having played in the FA Cup last weekend. It is his first league start since October. There is no N’Golo Kante after he injured a hamstring in training yesterday, as Frank Lampard explained: ‘He reported some feeling in his hamstring yesterday after training. We gave him overnight to see how it was but it wasn’t good enough this morning so not good enough to play.

‘Everybody knows how important N’Golo is for us but these things always give an opportunity and it opens the door for Ross Barkley to come in and play.’

Burnley are missing Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez in attack. Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon and Matthew Lowton come into their side.

Chelsea: Kepa; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta (c); Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.

Subs: Caballero, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson, Kovacic, Pedro, Batshuayi. 

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee (c), Taylor; Westwood, Cork; Lennon, Hendrick, McNeil; Wood.

Subs: Hart, Bardsley, Gibson, Long, Koiki, Pieters, Vydra.

.The referee is Kevin Friend.

Stats recap

Chelsea and Burnley meet for the 100th time in all competitions. Both teams have won 37 games and 25 have been draws.

We are looking to complete the league double over Burnley for the first time since 2009/10.

Chelsea have lost one of our 11 Premier League games against Burnley (seven wins, three draws), a 2-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of 2017/18.

Having lost our last two home Premier League games to Bournemouth and Southampton, we are hoping to avoid a third league defeat in a row for the first time since November 1993 when Glenn Hoddle was in charge.


Tammy Abraham has had more shots on target in the Premier League than any other Blues player: Abraham 27, Mount 19, Pulisic 17, Willian 12, Emerson 7, Barkley 5, Pedro 5, Kante 4, Kovacic 4, Zouma 4, Alonso 3, Tomori 3, Azpilicueta 2, Batshuayi 2, Giroud 2, Hudson-Odoi 2, Jorginho 2, Christensen 1.

Cesar Azpilicueta has made more defensive blocks in the Premier League than any other Blues player: Azpilicueta 12, Zouma 11, Tomori 7, Christensen 5, Jorginho 5, James 3, Kante 3, Rudiger 3, Abraham 2, Mount 2, Batshuayi 1, Emerson 1.

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