Chelsea will seek to make amends after the chastening defeat meted out by Bayern Munich in midweek, but Bournemouth have won three of the last four league fixtures against their opponents.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 29th, February
Kick-off: 16:00 pm
Venue: Vitality stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Bournemouth return to the Vitality stadium after the disappointing 3-0 loss at Burnley last weekend, a game in which they fell apart after putting up a decent opening first period of play.
Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil all scored within the space of 35 minutes in the second half at Turf Moor, consigning Eddie Howe’s team to their 15th league defeat of the season and their second on the bounce yet.
The Cherries have lost six of their last eight league games, and despite sitting 16th and two points clear of the relegation zones, they could drop into the bottom three by the end of matchday 28.
Chelsea on their part, were also on the receiving end of a 3-0 beating, albeit in their Champions League meeting with Bayern which have left the Blues needing almost a miracle to advance from the tie.
However, after besting Tottenham last time in the Premier League, Frank Lampard and his team still have top-four qualification in sight and can go one closer to achieving that objective with an eighth win on the road in the top flight this season.
Bournemouth will pick no better time than now to face them, and having gotten the better of the Stamford Bridge outfit 4-0 in their last meeting here, they will be buoyed to inflict more misery on them.
Arnaut Danjuma, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly are all ruled out of this game through injuries.
Jefferson Lerma missed last week’s loss to Burnley and is still rated doubtful.
N’Golo Kanté and Marco van Ginkel are both injured for the visitors, and are not in contention for the trip to Bournemouth.
Head to Head
There have been 15 competitive meetings between the two sides in history, with Chelsea winning ten of them while Bournemouth managed five.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in six of Bournemouth’s last seven league games.
There have been under 2.5 goals in three of the last four games between these sides in all competitions.
Only Aston Villa and Norwich have the most losses than Bournemouth’s tally of 15 in the Premier League, and the latest will hurt much particularly. They did beat Brighton and Villa before the latest pair of defeats. Bournemouth’s last five league games (LWWLL)
Chelsea beat Tottenham last time in the league, and despite the setback in midweek, they enter the weekend three points clear of fifth. Chelsea’s last five league games (LDDLW)
Chelsea should have enough to return to winning ways here after the humiliation against their German opponents in midweek, and are expected to tighten their grip of fourth place with a game like this. Bournemouth are fighting for their skin and their bid to remain in the top flight could see them prove a lot more competitive for the Blues, but a narrow win for them at 3/4 should suffice.
For a value tip from this clash, a first half draw/Chelsea full-time win could be a market worth exploring. It is prized 4/1.