Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Bournemouth
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, December 5 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 EST)
Match Odds: Chelsea 4/11 – Draw 4/1 – Bournemouth 7/1
Jose Mourinho’s side come into this one off the back of their 0-0 draw away against Tottenham Hotspur, which given the start to the season they have had, was a good point and showed signs that things might be about to improve.
Chelsea sit 14th on 15 points and are 12 points off the top four coming into the weekend. Closing the gap on fourth in hope of reaching the Champions League places is the main aim for the struggling champions now.
They will see this a chance to pick up maximum points but they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents. Chelsea will just have to take things game by game and try to rebuild confidence.Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth are finding life in the Premier League tough and are sitting 18th in the table after 14 games.
However, there are plenty of positives for Eddie Howe’s men, who showed great spirit and resilience to pick up a point in last weekends incredible 3-3 draw against Everton.
They know this is going to be a tough task, but as other teams have showed this season, Chelsea are not the force they were a year ago.
This has the makings of an open game, but Bournemouth must improve on their recent away form if they are to take something from this game.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea are set to be without John Terry, Ramires and Radamel Falcao. Thibaut Courtois is expected to make the squad after his spell on the sidelines through injury.
Bournemouth’s injury woes continue. Callum Wilson, Marc Pugh, Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Tommy Elphick are expected to miss out. Harry Arter, Artur Boruc, Steve Cook, Adam Federici, Lee Tomlin and Tokelo Rantie are all doubts, while Christian Atsu has to miss out due to facing his parent club.
Chelsea’s last five: L/L/L/W/D
Bournemouth’s last five: L/L/L/D/D
Key Stat: Bournemouth haven’t won any of their last eight Premier League games.
Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian has easily been Chelsea’s best player this season and his energy will be key to them taking all three points here.
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth – We assume Chelsea will win this one at home and it is a chance for them to go three games unbeaten in the league, although nothing has been straightforward for the champions this season.