Burnley vs Chelsea: Morata replaces Giroud as Hazard misses out

first_imgChelsea are monitoring the fitness of star man Eden Hazard ahead of Sunday’s game against Burnley.Hazard missed Thursday’s 3-1 Europa League win over BATE Borisov with a back injury and remains a doubt for their trip to Lancashire after missing training on Friday.If Hazard misses out again then Ruben Loftus-Cheek could keep his place after scoring a hat-trick against BATE in midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Maurizio Sarri’s side needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Ross Barkley against Manchester United last weekend to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.With Manchester City not playing until Monday, Chelsea can move into second place with a win and narrow the gap on leaders Liverpool to two points.They will take on a Burnley side that have won just twice in the Premier League so far this season and were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. Game Burnley v Chelsea Date Sunday, October 28 Time 1.30pm GMT / 9.30am EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Gold fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be televised live or streamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A  Squads & Team News Position Burnley players Goalkeepers Heaton, Lindegaard, Pope, Hart Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Bardsley, Long, Gibson, Cork Midfielders Brady, Hendrick, Defour, Berg Gudmundsson, Westwood, Lennon, Vydra Forwards Vokes, Barnes, Wood Burnley have Robbie Brady available for the first time since December after the Republic of Ireland winger recovered from a knee injury.Aaron Lennon is doubtful with a virus, while Ben Gibson is expected to miss out. Stephen Ward and Nick Pope remain long-term absentees.Confirmed Burnley XI: Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Defour, Cork; Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Brady; Vokes Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Hazard, Barkley, Drinkwater, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Giroud Chelsea will give Eden Hazard as long as possible to prove his fitness after the Belgium winger missed Thursday’s Europa League win over BATE Borisov with a back injury.Ruben Loftus-Cheek will hope to keep his place after scoring a hat-trick on Thursday but Ethan Ampadu is likely to miss out with a knee injury.Confirmed Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, WillianBetting & Match Odds Chelsea are priced at odds of 4/11 to win with bet 365, while a draw is available at 4/1. A win for Burnley is priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Maurizio Sarri ChelseaMaurizio Sarri can become the first Chelsea boss to remain unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League matches in charge if they avoid defeat at Turf Moor on Sunday.Despite being appointed relatively late in the summer, Sarri has wasted no time in imprinting his ‘Sarriball’ style of play on the Blues. The result is a fine opening to the campaign that has seen the London club keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table.Much of Chelsea’s good play has centred on Eden Hazard, with the Belgian scoring eight goals and setting up a further three in 11 appearances so far. It’s little wonder therefore that the club are giving the 27-year-old as much time as possible to prove his fitness.If Hazard does miss out then the focus is likely to switch to misfiring strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. The pair have scored just three goals between them this season, though Sarri insists he has no concerns about their form.For Burnley it is yet another daunting fixture after their humbling at the Etihad Stadium last week.After the highs of last season’s seventh place finish, the Clarets have found life much tougher this time around. Their participation in the Europa League qualifiers looked to have taken its toll on the squad in the early weeks of the campaign, with the side only securing their first league win at the end of September.The Lancashire club currently sit in 13th place but are just three points outside the relegation zone. Manager Sean Dyche feels his players need to find greater consistency if they are to return to the levels that made them such tough team to beat last campaign.“We’ve shown in the past and on numerous occasions that we can earn wins off these teams,” said Dyche.“It’s just that statistically it’s more difficult, but there is a badge of honour when you take points off these teams.“The main thing is reminding the players about the level of our performance and how important that is. Performances over a season will pay you back and we’ve been a bit up and down with that – even during games – so consistency is what we are looking for and we’re getting back towards that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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