Paul Merson states his prediction for Burnley v Chelsea FC
The Arsenal legend believes Chelsea FC will ease to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon
Paul Merson is confident Chelsea FC will ease to a 3-1 win against Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues managed to rescue a 2-2 home draw with bitter rivals Manchester United last weekend thanks to Ross Barkley’s injury-time equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea FC dropped to third place in the Premier League table following their four-goal thriller in west London that ended with a bust-up between both sets of staff on the touchline.
The FA Cup holders bounced back in the Europa League on Thursday night thanks to a 3-1 win against BATE Borisov in the group stage courtesy of Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s hat-trick.
The England international will be hoping that his treble will earn him a spot in Maurizio Sarri’s starting line up for the trip to Burnley this weekend, having impressed at the World Cup.
Loftus-Cheek hasn’t started in the Premier League this season to raise questions about his future under Sarri.
Former Arsenal playmaker Merson is backing the Blues to secure a 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
“Burnley have a poor record against the top teams at home but they rarely get battered,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“They always give them a good game. However, Burnley are not a hard team to play against at the moment. Have the players got a little carried away? Maybe they are trying to play a bit more and the intensity is not there.”
Merson added: “Opposition teams would come off the pitch thinking: that was a hard game. Teams are not thinking that anymore.
“Burnley need to watch videos of how they played last season and replicate it. Sean Dyche is a great manager though – they will be fine this season.
“When this game opens up, Chelsea have the players to hurt Burnley. Away win.”
Burnley suffered a resounding 5-0 loss to Chelsea FC’s title rivals Manchester City at The Etihad last weekend ahead of the visit of the Blues at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Eden Hazard could miss out on the trip to Burnley due to a troublesome back injury after the Belgium international endured a bruising fixture against Manchester United last term.
The Chelsea FC number 10 has scored seven goals in nine games in the Premier League this season to sit at the top of the goal-scoring charts ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.
The Blues finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term after Chelsea FC missed out on a Champions League place to culminate in Antonio Conte’s exit.