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Chelsea’s season just can’t get any worse.

Last updated: April 21, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Vitality Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWLLW
Away form: LLWDL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

The Blues have almost lost their chance to finish in 6th position in the standings of The Premier League after the defeat by Manchester City last weekend. Chelsea played horrible in defence and struggled to keep Sergio Aguero quiet. The truth of the matter is; The Blues are not successful against teams that play counter-attacking football. So, the expectation is for them to have problems against Bournemouth on Saturday. Moreover, The Cherries won their game against Chelsea earlier this season 1-0.

Bournemouth have lost 5 of their last 8 Premier League games at The Vitality Stadium. The Cherries have kept a clean sheet on only two occasions and conceded 16 goals (2 per game on average). But, they must record just 1 more win before the end of the season, in order to secure their place for next season’s Premier League.

On the other hand, Chelsea have won 5 of their last 7 away games in The Premier League. The Londoners kept a clean sheet on 4 occasions and scored 12 goals. However, it seems like The Blues are only going to play for their honour until the end of the season.


Team News

Thibaut Courtois was sent off in the 78th minute in the match against Manchester City. So, the Belgian goalkeeper will miss the match through suspension.

John Terry, Eden Hazard, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are injured for The Blues. Remy and Zouma are out until the end of the season.

Callum Wilson is finally fit for The Cherries. The forward came on from the bench in Bournemouth’s previous two matches and now can be among the starting eleven.

Benik Afobe has a hamstring problem. The other injured players for Bournemouth are Adam Smith, Harry Arter and Tyrone Mings.

Quotes of the week

Eddie Howe Bournemouth
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) :
“It’s disappointment from our perspective overall on the performance levels.”

guus hiddink
Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) :
“I must say that I use now to get some young players on board, and then there is a risk that you get a little bit outplayed, but that’s not due to the young players.”


Expected line-ups:

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Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis, Gosling, Ritchie, Surman, Gradel, King, Wilson.
Subs Federici, Pugh, Iturbe, Distin, O’Kane, Grabban, Stanislas.
Injured: Mings, Smith, Afobe, Arter.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Cahill, Baba, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Diego Costa.
Subs Matic, Willian, Traore, Pato, Miazga, Kenedy, Falcao.
Injured: Zouma, Hazard, Terry, Remy.
Doubtful:
Not available: Courtois

Key Battle

gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
26 (6) 2265 3 1,2 1 0 6 0
diego costa Diego Costa this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
24 (1) 2109 11 2,5 5 1 8 0

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Chelsea this season
13 League Position 10
5 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (6)
3-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 5-1 vs. Newcastle
4 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 7 (4)
8 (7) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (6)
1-5 to Man City and Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City (twice)
King (6) Top scorer Diego Costa (11)
Ritchie (6) Assist Leader Diego COsta, Willian (5)
Y50, R1 Discipline Y53, R4
11 Failures to score 8
7 Clean Sheets 9
19 Both Teams to Score Games 19
19 Over 2.5 Games 21
15 Under 2.5 Games 12
  • Bournemouth have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 Premiership matches at The Vitality Stadium. They lost 4 of these games.
  • Only 3 points are separating these two teams in the standings of The Premier League. Chelsea (44 points) are lying in 10th place, while Bournemouth are 13th with 41 points.
  • The Blues away game this season is very unpredictable. They have won 6 matches, have finished with a draw on 4 occasions and have lost 6 games.
  • Glenn Murray secured the three points for Bournemouth against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the first meeting of the season between these two teams.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
05/12/15 The Premier League Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth Murray 82′