BURNLEY will be hoping to get the better of Chelsea at Turf Moor this week, but the Clarets will then switch to cheering on the Blues at Wembley three days later.

Sean Dyche's side are bidding for a sixth successive win when the now dethroned champions visit on Thursday, but it's a win for Chelsea against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday that could cap a remarkable season for Burnley.

Victory over Leicester City last weekend has opened up a nine-point gap in seventh for the Clarets and that will be enough for European football next season, as long as the Saints don't win the FA Cup.

So after facing Antonio Conte's side at Turf Moor, Burnley will be looking for a favour from them at Wembley on Sunday.

The Clarets will be in action themselves on Sunday as they face Stoke City at 1.30pm, but they should be able to catch the end of the semi-final, which begins at 3pm.

Stephen Ward will be keeping an eye on events at the national stadium, but the Republic of Ireland international is determined to try and put thoughts of Europe on the back burner for now, despite Burnley's stunning run of form.

"To be honest, I’ll probably watch it anyway," he said.

"We’ll see what happens. Listen, we just want to finish as high up the league and as strongly as we can. It’s another win, and we’ll roll on to Thursday."

While Burnley's lead in seventh is now comfortable, they have one eye on Arsenal, who are only two points ahead in sixth.

But Ward is sticking to the Dyche mantra of one game a time for now.

"We’re in a great position. No one would have thought we would be where we are, but there are still five games to go," the 32-year-old said.

"There’s a mantra at this place, especially with the gaffer, that we take each game and each day as it comes.

"We’ll work hard every day on the training pitch and prepare, and that’s what we’ll do until the end of the season.

"If it does come that way, we can qualify. We’ve given ourselves a chance. But we’ll only be thinking about Chelsea now, going out and putting on a performance. We’ll see where we are after that."

Burnley had to show their resilient side to claim all three points against the Foxes last weekend, a trait they might need to repeat against Chelsea.

Having seen Chris Wood and Kevin Long fire them into a two-goal lead, the Clarets were clinging on when Jamie Vardy halved the deficit in the second half.

But on his side's ability to see out narrow wins, Ward added: "We’ve had to do that on many occasions. You have to do that in the Premier League, because you’re playing against quality opposition.

"They’re chasing behind us and they’re pushing for an equaliser but we stuck in there. Thankfully, we got a result."