Paul Merson gives his prediction for Chelsea FC v Burnley

Arsenal legend Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson is tipping Chelsea FC to keep the pressure on the top four with a 3-0 victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

The Blues started the Premier League weekend in fifth spot and level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, although Chelsea FC have played one game more than their top-four rivals.

Chelsea FC lost 2-0 to Liverpool FC at Anfield last weekend to bring to an end their three-game winning streak in the Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri’s side made a swift return to winning ways with an entertaining 4-3 victory over Slavia Prague in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night.

The Blues will take on Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, with a potential meeting with Arsenal in the Europa League final on the cards.

Chelsea FC can qualify for next season’s Champions League by finishing in fourth spot or winning the Europa League.

Arsenal legend Merson is backing Sarri’s side to maintain their pursuit of a fourth-placed finish by beating Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

“It sounds like a walk in the park for Chelsea this but it will be hard,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“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.”

Chelsea FC failed to finish in the top four last season, which culminated in Antonio Conte’s dismissal as manager.

The Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties in the League Cup final at Wembley back in February.

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