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CHELSEA V BOURNEMOUTH MATCH/BETTING PREVIEW

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Chelsea play hosts to fumbling Bournemouth who have lost all of their last five games — their worst ever run in the topflight and it could be more in West London.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday, 14th December
Kick-off: 16:00 UK time
Venue: Stamford Bridge
TV Channel: Sky Sports

Chelsea secured a place in the second round of the Champions League after beating Lille in midweek and will turn attentions to reviving their domestic ambitions, and to some measure, stop their mini-slump in the Premier League.

Three losses in their last four league games has threatened to soil the progress Frank Lampard’s team has made so far, and it is their penchant for conceding goals that seems to have exposed their soft underbelly — the Blues have conceded in all of their last ten games in all competitions.

Bournemouth are themselves, in a midst of chaos, and their run of five consecutive defeat is the poorest they have ever recorded since their first ever promotion to the Premier League in the 2015-2016 season.

Edie Howie admitted the team are generally responsible for their failures and are under intense pressure to turn things around, but they will not relish their latest opposition, to say the least.

The Cherries ran out 4-0 winners the last time they faced Chelsea but that was just the fourth time they had failed to lose in fourteen meetings with the Blues.

They will look to sit deep early on here, soak up the pressure and remain in the game for as long as they can, and will rely mostly on the pace of Harry Wilson and Groeneveld to break when with the ball.

Team news

Chelsea

Lampard welcomed back Antonio Rudiger in the win over Lille in midweek and will hope to have him fit for action here.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to miss out while Fikayo Tomori and Oliver Giroud will face late fitness tests.

Bournemouth

Nathan Ake joins David Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury last weekend and now faces a spell out.

Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Andrew Surman, Lloyd Kelly and Steve Cook are all rated as doubtful for the Cherries.

Head to head

With ten wins from their last 14 competitive meetings, Chelsea are the standout side here. Bournemouth have managed to win in the remaining four encounters to ensure there have been zero draws recorded from this fixture ever.

Match stats

Chelsea are unbeaten in 27 of their last 30 home games in the Premier League.

Bournemouth have lost four of their last five away league games.

There have been over 2.5 goals in three of the last five games between these two at Stamford Bridge.

Team form

Chelsea will be confident of toppling their opposition here and claiming all three points with tougher league games versus Arsenal and Tottenham on the horizon. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions (DLWLW)

Bournemouth will be needing a remarkable upturn in fortunes here as they look to stem the continuous slide down the table, but the trip to Stamford Bridge is a daunting one. Bournemouth’s last five games in all competitions (LLLLL)

Betting preview

Chelsea got the needed preparation they would have wanted for this game in their midweek win, and are expected to negotiate this clash with minimal fuss. But that is only if they can stop leaking goals which have been evident in their games, but we reckon that a win for the hosts and both teams to score is a standout on the markets for this game at 8/5.

Tammy Abraham has been leading Chelsea’s charge for goals this season, and struck the opening goal in the 2-1 win on Tuesday. Backing the young Englishman to get the game’s first goal is priced 12/5 and looks a decent move on the goalscorers market.

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