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Chelsea took a leap above rivals Arsenal into fourth position on the Premier League table after the blues were held by Burnley in a thrilling encounter.

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Chelsea’s Jeff Hendrick gave Burnley an eighth-minute lead before N’Golo Kante equalised after a wonderful skill by Eden Hazard.

Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea in front six minutes and 14 seconds after Burnley’s opener.

However, the visitors were level when Ashley Barnes scored from close range, his 11th league goal of the season.

On a frustrating night for Maurizio Sarri’s side,Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles tendon and Kante went off with a rib injury, while the Chelsea boss was sent to the stands towards the end.

Burnley are now almost certainly safe from relegation with three games to go, holding a nine-point advantage over 18th-placed Cardiff and with a goal difference 17 better than the Welsh side.

Chelsea have now conceded seven times in the past three games, a big concern for Sarri as his side also look to seal a Europa League final spot.

The Blues are now focused on preparing for Sunday’s match at sixth-placed Manchester United (16:30 BST) – a game which will a long way to deciding who finishes in the top four. Burnley also have a big match on the same day – at home to title-chasing Manchester City (14:05).

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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