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English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 31 January at 1.15 PM IST
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

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Chelsea visit the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth in this midweek clash of the Premier League. This is a crucial match for both of the sides. After their defeat to Arsenal, Chelsea would want to get back to winning ways. But it won’t be easy for The Blues, as Eddie Howe’s men will be playing in front of their home crowd. They do have a poor record against Chelsea at home though. Chelsea, on the other hand, should not forget their 3-0 embarrassing defeat to Bournemouth last season. Bournemouth on the other end will be looking to win back to back games after their 2-0 victory against West Ham. Bournemouth currently stand 12th in the table and a victory here would see them into the top ten. Meanwhile, Chelsea are 4th in the table and a win for them would make them remain on the same spot.

Callum Wilson scored a stunning goal against West Ham and his strike partner Joshua King have combined 16 goals between each other to with 7 assists. Wilson remians doubtful for the game agianst Chelsea. Bournemouth would be banking on their these two forwards to find the net when they meet The Blues. The concern here for Eddie Howe would be to get their defence unit together who have conceded 14 goals in their last 5 Premier League outing. Although they did keep a clean sheet when they played last time. Howe would believe that his team can defeat a strong side like Chelsea and would be confident of his side’s chances after they defeated their opponents last season. Bournemouth will also be worried about Eden Hazard who has an impressive record against them. The tactics from Howe’ would be to look for their chances on the counter and not let Chelsea score early in the match.

Chelsea have boosted their squad after the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain and the fans would be happy after the departure of Alvaro Morata who couldn’t get his act together after a fine start. After their win against Spurs in the EFL cup, Chelsea would look to keep the winning momentum going on and to hold on to that top four finish this season. Lack of goals for the Stamford Bridge side has been a worrying sign for quite some time now. As far as the back four defensive players are concerned – all of them have been really this season, the only exception being Marcos Alonso who’s been fantastic moving forward but Sarri would be hoping the Spaniard can improve on his defensive game as well. Keeper Kepa was brilliant against Spurs in the EFL, its early days for him but until now he’s been worth all the penny they paid for him. The Blues will look to keep most of the possession throughout the game if they get an early goal, expect an entertaining second half.

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Chelsea haven’t lost consecutive Premier League games since March 2018

Only the Eithad (50) has seen more Premier League goals than Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium this season coming into this round of matches (38 – F21 A17)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight games against Bournemouth in all Competitions (7G, 1A)

Free ESPN Premier League Picks AFC Bournemouth vs Chelsea

Chelsea are firm favorites going into the match and their record at Vitality Stadium also justifies that. Expect goals galore when these two sides face each other. If Bournemouth can score on the counter it could be troubling times for The Blues – who seem to be off paced when they concede early in the match.

Match Predictions

Chelsea 3 – 1 AFC Bournemouth