Paul Merson states his prediction for Burnley v Chelsea

The Arsenal legend believes Burnley will beat Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on Thursday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Paul Merson is backing Burnley to beat Chelsea FC and move ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table.

Sean Dyche’s tenacious side are in seventh place in the Premier League table but a mere two points adrift of Arsenal in the race to secure a Europa League spot for the 2018-19 campaign.

Burnley were 2-1 winners against Leicester City at Turf Moor in the Premier League last weekend, while Europa League semi-finalists Arsenal suffered a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

The west London side came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon following goals from Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard in the second half on the south coast.

Chelsea FC have only managed to win eight of their 16 Premier League games on the road in 2017-18 season.

Former Arsenal star Merson believes Burnley will beat Chelsea FC at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Thursday night.

“I think Burnley are ridiculous odds to beat Chelsea here. With the FA Cup semi-final coming up, it’s a great bet,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“We saw on Saturday Chelsea didn’t even want to be there in the first 70 minutes against Southampton, it was only when Olivier Giroud came on did they look energetic and urgent. He wanted to prove something.

“You can’t go 2-0 down at Burnley, they’re a completely different side to Southampton. Burnley have been outstanding.”

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term to win their second title in three seasons under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

The Blues signed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri.

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