- Paul Merson believes Chelsea will lose 2-1 away to Burnley on Thursday
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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has made a shocking prediction concerning Chelsea’s upcoming league clash away to Burnley.
Burnley have had a majestic season in the Premier League as they are seventh in the Premier League, two points behind Arsenal.
Turf Moor is also a tough place for any visiting team, Chelsea were held to a 1-1 away draw with Sean Dyche’s side on the way to winning the title.
When speaking for Sky Sports in making his midweek predictions, Merson insists that Burnley will beat the Blues’ 2-1 and explained his decision.
Sky Sports quotes Merson saying:
“I think Burnley are ridiculous odds to beat Chelsea here. With the FA Cup semi-final coming up, it’s a great bet.
“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.”
Chelsea will certainly have to show more fight than they did in the 3-2 comeback win at Southampton, excluding the last 20 minutes.
However, to say Antonio Conte’s side will lose is a bold prediction and the team will want to back up the weekend performance.