Bournemouth welcome Chelsea to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night as the Blues return to Premier League action
Bournemouth Team News
With nine wins, three draws, and eleven defeats under their belt, Bournemouth currently sit in 12th place and with a total of 30 points they are level with 11th-place Everton.
Bournemouth are well rested after having over a week to prepare for Chelsea. Their recent 3-1 defeat over Brighton in the third round of the FA Cup meant they had a weekend off which would have allowed them to work on a number of their issues.
Joshua Kind and Callum Wilson are both injury concerns for Eddie Howe. Asmir Begovic was dropped by Howe last time out and it still remains to be seen whether he will get his place back after Artur Boruc kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over West Ham.
Predicted lineup :
Boruc; Clyne, Cook, Ake, Smith; Fraser, Lerma, Gosling, Brooks; Wilson, King
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea overcame Sheffield last week in the fourth round of the FA Cup. It was vital the Blues returned to their winning ways after their defeat to Arsenal on 19th January.
Gonzalo Higuain will make his Premier League debut and playing alongside Eden Hazard should do Higuain and Chelsea a world of good. The Argentine surely has the credentials to be a success, but he needs to hit the ground running and this will be a perfect time.
Chelsea are now facing pressure from the teams below the top four. Sarri’s side currently hold fourth as things stand, but they are just three points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who are now level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United.
The Chelsea boss has not been afraid to criticise his squad in recent weeks, which has proven to be a terrible tactic. Two of their next four matches in the league are against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, so they will have to be in their best form. Daniel Drinkwater is the only injury concern for Chelsea
Chelsea have won three and lost three of their last six away Premier League matches.
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Hazard, Higuain, Willian
- It will be the 15th meeting between the pair in all competitions
- Chelsea have won 7 of their last 8 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions
- Their last meeting at the Vitality Stadium ended in a 1-0 Chelsea win in December 2017
- Bournemouth have not overcome the Blues on home soil since September 1988
Betting Odds & Prediction
Bournemouth will provide a stern test for Chelsea, but with Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain in attack we expect the Blues to win.
Prediction: Bournemouth 1 – 2 Chelsea
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