Burnley v Chelsea – Thursday 19th April 2018, 19:45 (Turf Moor)
Thursday night presents a fixture between two teams few would have predicted would be only separated by eight points come the tail-end of the season. With five games left of the Premier League campaign, Chelsea are desperate to make a final push for the Champions League, no matter how improbable, due to their rival Spurs’ loftier position and their own erratic form, it currently seems.
The team of the people, Burnley, have ample support in their attempt to lift themselves over Arsenal into 6th and even make a push for fifth. In fact a win for the Clarets at home would reduce the point gap between them and their mid-week opponents to five, and the possibility of seeing Sean Dyche parading down the touchline in some of the world’s most revered stadia in the Europa League gains a bit more traction. With five wins in five, Burnley have regained the form that has been lacking since the start of 2018.
|Thursday 19th April – 7.45pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Burnley v Chelsea|
| Olivier Giroud to score anytime
|@ 7 / 4||
Backing a Chelsea win at Turf Moor depends on how one views the 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday. Whilst the three goals in eight minutes could be seen to demonstrate a triumph of team spirit, it cannot really disguise the frailties they displayed in the first half. They have the further matter of the FA Cup, against the Saints for the second time in a week, at Wembley on Sunday.
Last weekend, Oliver Giroud was the hero of the hour, bagging a brace, breaking Southampton hearts, and snatching the three points for Chelsea. For him to be rewarded with Alvaro Morata’s position in a starting berth on Thursday and provide a return, he is 7/4 with bet365 to score anytime. He is slightly further out for this to also result in a win for Chelsea at 2/1 with BoyleSports.
*Odds correct as of 16th Apr, 07:18. Odds are subject to change.
The comprehensive 3-0 win over West Ham during this run remains the only time they have won by more than a one-goal margin, and if they do manage to do the double over Chelsea, this number looks likely again. Backing a Draw with a -1 Handicap to the home-side is backed at 19/4 (Coral). Their apparently habitual proficiency for the 2-1- the result of four of their last five games- is 15/1 with BetVictor, which is appealing against a Chelsea side who only have three wins in nine all coming again relegation battlers.
Burnley set the tone for their season with the 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, shocking last season’s champions. It was also a game which saw two red cards, for Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas. On that remarkable day, Sam Vokes’ was the hero with a first half brace, yet this now accounts for just half of the Welshman’s goals this campaign. He did, however, score two weeks ago to overturn a Watford lead.
Ashley Barnes was surprisingly linked in a pot that a one point included both Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll with a move to West London in January as Conte apparently scrambled to find any tall forward to add to his depleted ranks. Barnes has been quality all season and his four goals in his last six games has gone some way to show the Italian what he’s missing and the reason for Burnley regaining an excellent foothold in the top half of the division. He is 8/1 (bet365) to be the first goalscorer.
This should be a tight game, and it’s somewhat unfair to place Chelsea as underdogs as they are far from it. It is the overall impressiveness of Burnley’s season, the way Sean Dyche has got them ticking with complete min, and the unconvincing attitude of Antonio Conte and his players.
If it is the Chelsea side we saw in the second half at St Mary’s turns up, then they should be expected to produce a decent but tightly-contested win. Seeing BTTS and Chelsea to stop Burnley’s excellent run to turn out winners is 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
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