A chance for Chelsea to add 3 points

Last updated: December 1, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWLW
Away form: DDLLL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

This is the right moment and the right opponent for Chelsea to add another 3 points. Mourinho’s players are obligated to record a victory against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. Moreover, The Cherries are missing 6 long-term injured key players and have conceded 19 goals in their last 7 Premiership matches.

Chelsea showed one of their best away performances this season against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but eventually left with just one point. Eden Hazard is again playing on top form. To continue; The Blues have only 3 home victories and this upcoming fixture is very likely to become their fourth. Furthermore, Jose Mourinho knows best how to win in such an ‘easy’ game.

Bournemouth have improved their performance in attack, scoring 5 goals in their last two Premiership matches, but are still struggling in defence, conceding the same number of goals. The Cherries haven’t won in the league since 19th September, when they beat Sunderland 2-0 at The Vitality Stadium. Together with Newcastle, Bournemouth have the worst defence in The Premier League, having conceded 30 goals in 14 games.

Team News

Chelsea’s John Terry received an injury in The Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv and has still not recovered.

Ramires and Thibaut Courtois are the other injured players in Chelsea’s squad. The goalkeeper is expected to return within a week.

Polish veteran goalkeeper Arthur Boruc is suffering from a groin strain and won’t take part in the match against Chelsea.

Wilson, Gradel, Mings, Atsu and Elphick are long-term injured and will be missing until the end of the season. They are the main reason for Bournemouth’s drop in form.

Quotes of the week

jose mourinho Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) : “Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be on the bench.”

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “We really needed Adam Smith’s goal to spark us with the belief that we could get something from the game.”

Expected line-ups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Blackman, Remy, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Falcao, Obi Mikel, Oscar.
Injured: Courtois, Terry, Ramires.
Not available:
Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Allsop, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis, Arter, Stanislas, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, King.
Subs Federici, Tomlin, MacDonald, Kermorgant, Bennett, Murray, Pugh.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Elphick, Atsu, Boruc
Doubtful: Federici
Not available:

Key Battle

eden hazard Hazard this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 (1) 1146 0 1,4 2 2 1 0
gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 (3) 920 2 1,6 1 0 4 0

So far this season

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Chelsea this season Bournemouth this season
14 League Position 18
3 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
2-0 vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa Biggest win 2-0 vs. Sunderland
1 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (1)
3 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (5)
0-3 to Man City Biggest Defeat 1-5 to Tottenham and Man City
Costa (3) Top scorer Wilson (5)
Fabregas, Hazard (2) Assist Leader Daniels, Ritchie, Francis (2)
Y25, R3 Discipline Y25, R0
3 Failures to score 4
4 Clean Sheets 1
8 Both Teams to Score Games 9
9 Over 2.5 Games 7
5 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • This match is a historical first game between these two teams. The reason is that this is the first Premier League season for Bournemouth.
  • Chelsea have recorded three consecutive games without a defeat (all tournaments). It’s been a month since The Blues last defeat.
  • Bournemouth’s last and only away victory was 3 months ago, when The Cherries beat West Ham 4-3 at The Boleyn Ground.
  • The Blues have kept a clean sheet in their last three games. Chelsea haven’t conceded a goal in 7 games this season (all tournaments). In comparison, Bournemouth have recorded only 1 clean sheet.