OWEN EXPECTS A TOUGH GAME BETWEEN CHELSEA AND BURNLEY, BUT PAUL MERSON DISAGREES

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Chelsea will host Burnley on Monday night football, as the Blues round up the weekend games on Monday at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend, as the Blues continue their fight for a Champions League place next season.

Chelsea defeated Burnley 4-0 in the reverse fixture at the Turf Moor October last year, and the Blues must win this tie at the Bridge on Monday.

BetVictor pundit Michael Owen is backing Chelsea to win this game 3-1, but he’s also expecting the Clarets to make it difficult for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Owen said in his prediction: “Chelsea have lost just one of their last 20 home league games, but the Clarets have won their last three and I feel they will give the Blues plenty to think about at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

“Chelsea were in Europa League action on Thursday and they have two strings to their Champions League bow given they held a lead from the 1st leg in Prague. Burnley won the corresponding fixture last season, but I expect to see an Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea keep the points.”

Contrary to Michael Owen’s view, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to win the game and is predicting a 3-0 win for the Blues.

Merson said: “It sounds like a walk in the park for Chelsea this but it will be hard. I just don’t see how you stop [Eden] Hazard in the form he is in.

“Someone has to tell Maurizio Sarri that they cannot play with a false nine, and I don’t think he will against a Burnley side that are unlikely to come to Stamford Bridge and really have a go at Chelsea. Their hard work is done this season.”

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