Diego Costa
Costa will return to the Chelsea starting lineup after sitting out the last three Premier League games through suspension. Getty Images

Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League clash on Saturday.

Where to watch

Kick-off is for 3pm GMT. There is no live TV coverage of this match in the UK. Live radio coverage is available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the Highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.20pm GMT.


Premier League leaders Chelsea welcome relegation battlers Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. A crucial clash for both as victory for the Blues will see them open a 10-point lead over title contenders Manchester City and a win for the visitors will see them move out of the bottom three albeit momentarily.

Chelsea come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain, where they registered just one shot on goal, and Jose Mourinho will hope for a better showing against Burnley.

Mourinho's team have won four out their last five matches and will welcome back Diego Costa, who was serving a three-game domestic ban.

Apart from John Obi Mikel, the manager has a fully fit squad to choose from and the Blues will be favourites to take all the three points putting pressure on City, who play Newcastle United later in the evening on Saturday.

Danny Ings
Burnley's hopes will be pinned on striker Danny Ings as the relegation battlers visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Getty Images

Meanwhile, Burnley are coming into the game on the back of a 3-1 loss to Manchester United, but have been playing well in recent games.

The Clarets will hope to shock the title favourites when they visit Stamford Bridge, and all eyes will be on in-form forward Danny Ings, who has been linked with a move away from the club in the summer.

Sean Dyche is aware of the task ahead of him, and is hoping that his defenders can cope with Costa, who will be keen to get back into the goals following a three-week break from the Premier League.

What managers say

Jose Mourinho: "If the players have the chance to do something to delete what happened, they will do. If they can do something, as they have done many times, to participate in campaigns and social work, all of them are ready for that. I don't think they will be affected, they just feel sorry about what happened."

Sean Dyche: "People questioned whether Barnesy could handle the Premier League. Well he's doing a pretty good job of it. He can be awkward to play against but he too has some real quality. His finishing is very good and he's learning how to operate at this level.You can see he and Costa will be doing the same thing. It's not like we are a non-league side going there. We have shown we can compete at this level, although we know we need more points of course."

Betting odds (888sport.com)

  • Chelsea to win: 1/5
  • Draw: 23/4
  • Burnley to win: 16

Team news


  • Injured: Obi Mikel (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Costa.


  • Injured: Marney (knee), K Long (knee), M Taylor (calf)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Kightly; Barnes, Ings.