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Two changes by Lampard: Chelsea’s likely line-up against Burnley

Chelsea are flying under Frank Lampard, although the Blues boss is still hampered by injuries to key players.

Lampard will again be without N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger for the visit of Burnley and Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen are also unavailable.

Rudiger is on the way back from a groin injury and Christensen has a hamstring strain, so Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are set to continue at the back.

Barkley’s absence will almost certainly mean Mateo Kovacic starts, while Lampard might be tempted to make one or two changes following the midweek Champions League game against Ajax.

Emerson Palmieri, now recovered from a hamstring problem, could well come in for Marcos Alonso.

And Lampard might decide the time is now right for Christian Pulisic to get a starting place.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been excellent since his return from injury but looked leggy during the Ajax game, while Pulisic has made a big impact after coming on as a substitute in Chelsea’s last two matches.

“He’s playing well so he’s certainly in strong contention,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“It’s brilliant that he’s coming in and making the impact that he’s making.”

Expected Chelsea team: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.

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