Bournemouth v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 28th October, 2017
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

After getting ourselves back to winning ways against Watford last weekend in the league and Everton midweek in the cup, today’s late game takes us to the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth might be hanging around the bottom of the table but they come into the game off the back of a win against Stoke, so could be on the upturn at the wrong time for us. Chelsea have already lost 3 times in their 9 opening games – as many as we’ve lost in two of the last four seasons but whilst today’s opponents have had a win against us in the last couple of years, we did beat them comfortably home and away last season.
We should watch out for Defoe though, as the only player to score in the Premier League against us for four different clubs already (Tottenham, West Ham, Sunderland and Portsmouth).

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says “The two wins in different competitions for us coming into this game have done massive things for our confidence. The Stoke game was a massive result in difficult conditions. The players showed a lot of traits that we’re going to need between now and the end of the season to lift ourselves out of our current position. That has been huge in building up momentum and performances have improved since the start of the season and hopefully that continues.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says of today’s opponents “Their position in the table is not right. They played very well in a lot of games but sometimes they were very unlucky.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Bournemouth, Joshua King (back) is doubtful and Ryan Fraser will be monitored after a knock in midweek. Jermain Defoe (hamstring) is expected to return.
For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses (both hamstring) remain out, Danny Drinkwater is expected to start on the bench.

TEAMS
BOURNEMOUTH (Possible line-up): Begovic; A.Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels; Ibe, Cook, Surman, Stanislas; King; Afobe
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard, Morata

LAST SEASON
Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea (8 April 2017)

RECENT FORM
BOURNEMOUTH: LWLDLW
CHELSEA: WDWLLW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have won seven of nine league and cup meetings with Bournemouth.
~ Chelsea lost their first Premier League game against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in December 2015, but have won the subsequent three meetings
~ Bournemouth’s only previous home win against Chelsea came in the second tier on 3 September 1988.
~ Bournemouth’s tally of seven points from nine games is their lowest at this stage of a Premier League season.
~ Bournemouth’s only previous Premier League home win against London opposition was against West Ham in March
~ Chelsea could lose back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time since 2015
~ Chelsea have recorded just eight shut-outs in 29 top-flight matches.
~ Eden Hazard has scored four goals in as many league games against Bournemouth

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Bournemouth 0-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
SportsMole: Bournemouth 2-3 Chelsea

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