Premier League Thursday Preview

An action packed week of Premier League action continues a pace on Thursday, with two further games.

Chelsea in fifth are looking to keep-up their faint hopes of a top-four finish as they travel to Burnley – who in-turn would move into sixth with three points.

The other game sees second third from bottom Southampton host Leicester. Victory for The Saints would take them to within two points of safety, but defeat would leave them staring at relegation to the Championship.

See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Burnley 19:45 Chelsea 
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: Scott Arfield, Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Ben Mee and Jon Walters are all unavailable for Burnley. Chelsea are unlikely to field a full strength side with one eye on this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final . Emerson Palmieri will make his first league start, but Danny Drinkwater is a doubt.
KEY FACT: Chelsea have scored in all seven of their PL meetings with Burnley
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 10/3 Draw 5/2 Chelsea 19/20
bet365 Pick: Burnley or Draw @10/11
ANDY SAYS: Hard to separate these two, could see this being a draw…0-0
GRAEME SAYS: Have to go with Burnley here, think Chelsea will have one eye on the weekend…2-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Chris Wood is an interesting option to look at

Leicester City 19:45 Southampton 
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Matty James and Vicente Iborra are ruled out, but Leicester are checking on  Kasper Schmeichel, Shinji Okazaki and Daniel Amartey. Wilfred Ndidi is available again after suspension. Southampton are without Mario Lemina, Sofiane Boufal and the suspended Jack Stephens but Steven Davis is fit.
KEY FACT: Southampton are targeting their first victory in four PL visits to King Power Stadium
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 27/20 Draw 5/2 Leicester 11/5
bet365 Pick: Over 2.5 goals @19/20
A draw, but I see plenty of goals here…2-2
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Southampton just about sneaking this and claiming a huge three points…2-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: James Ward-Prowse is well worth a look

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