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And welcome to live coverage of this afternoon’s first three Premier League fixtures featuring, in the fight for European places, world champions Chelsea against Europa League semi-finalists West Ham in the Alan Dickens derby, Brighton v Southampton in a south coast battle of the bearded managers and managerless Burnley v Wolves in the Clarets’ ongoing campaign to beat the drop and land Everton or Leeds back in the mire and Wolves’ two-steps-forward-one step back bid to secure a Conference League shot.

In about 1978 there was a craze at our school of kids wearing whacky badges with some grossly unamusing quip on them that would perhaps have raised a titter had it been uttered by Cyril Fletcher on That’s Life. I haven’t thought of them for more than 40 years but one came crashing back into my mind on Friday: “Be alert. Britain needs lerts.” 

Thomas Tuchel was the inspiration for that memory dredge. Chelsea have lost their last three home games and, asked to address what’s gone wrong, he said: “Maybe then it comes back to me because I should push them and make them alert.

“It’s human to be tired, human to be more alert in a knockout game than a normal match.

“It’s a thin line in judging that’s why lazy is the wrong word. But it’s OK to feel less tension in a normal match in the Premier League and a home match than if you go to the Bernabeu… But it cannot lead to being less alert.”

This afternoon Chelsea need lerts against a West Ham side with their eyes on Thursday’s semi-final, first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt, having won only two of their last six Premier League games. 

As for Burnley, Michael Jackson is just ‘cracking on with the job’, having taken four points from two games in interim charge. “We just made little tweaks, including just remembering who they are,” Jackson said. “They came together and it galvanized them.”

Sunday’s game presents an opportunity for Burnley to pull themselves out of the bottom three. Jackson, though, knows another fully-focused display will be needed against a Wolves side seeking a response from their last match on April 8 which ended in a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

“I think every team in the Premier League is dangerous – if you sleep for a moment then you get cut open,” Jackson said. “There are good sides with top-class managers and good players, so we have got to be on it. Wolves is a club with a clear identity of how they play, but they are very difficult to play against.

“We have got to try and find those weaknesses.”

Join us for the team news from 1pm. 





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