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Chelsea arrive at The Vitality Stadium on Sunday for the Premier League showdown with home team Bournemouth.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Bournemouth v Chelsea, scroll down - as well as up-to-date odds.
Bournemouth head into this match coming off the back of a 2-2 Premier League stalemate vs Brentford.
In that match, Bournemouth managed 39% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For Bournemouth, the scorers were Dominic Solanke (30') and David Brooks (77'). Brentford got 21 shots on goal with 7 on target. Mathias Jensen (7') and Bryan Mbeumo (93') scored for Brentford.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Bournemouth have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 11 goals on the way. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, though.
Pre-game facts show that Bournemouth:
- haven't won against Chelsea in their previous 3 matches in the league.
- are without a home win in the past 4 league games. Their fans aren't happy.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Nottingham Forest in Premier League competition, Chelsea and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Chelsea managed 76% possession and 21 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Nottingham Forest had 7 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Anthony Elanga (48') was the scorer for Nottingham Forest.
Looking at their form, and Chelsea have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 7 goals in all. At the back, Chelsea have clearly had some problems.
Their past results show that Chelsea:
- remain undefeated by Bournemouth in away games against them for the last 2 matches in the league.
- are without an away win for the past 3 league matches.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 19/12/2018 shows us that Bournemouth have won 2 of these & Chelsea 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
A total of 16 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 8 of them from The Cherries and 8 for The Blues. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The last league fixture between these clubs was Premier League match day 35 on 06/05/2023 when it finished Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea.
That time, Bournemouth managed 34% possession and 10 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Matías Viña (21').
Chelsea had 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. Conor Gallagher (9'), Benoît Badiashile (82') and João Félix (86') scored.
The referee was John Brooks.
Team News: Bournemouth
Looking at personnel, there is just a single fitness concern for the Bournemouth gaffer Andoni Iraola to contend with from of an almost fully healthy group of players. Tyler Adams (Hamstring Injury) is sidelined.
It looks as if The Cherries will probably use the 4-2-3-1 formation, utilising Neto, Max Aarons, Illia Zabarnyi, Lloyd Kelly, Milos Kerkez, Ryan Christie, Lewis Cook, David Brooks, Philip Billing, Marcus Tavernier and Dominic Solanke.
Team News: Chelsea
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has multiple availability issues to deal with. Reece James (Hamstring Injury), Wesley Fofana (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Trevoh Chalobah (Thigh Problems), Marcus Bettinelli (Unknown Injury), Carney Chukwuemeka (Knee Injury) and Christopher Nkunku (Knee Injury) are those who can’t be considered.
We believe The Blues seem likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 system, giving starts to Robert Sanchez, Malo Gusto, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill, Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, Raheem Sterling, Cole Palmer, Ben Chilwell and Nicolas Jackson.
We’re thinking that Bournemouth are capable enough to score a goal against this Chelsea outfit, however a single goal is unlikely to be as many as they will have scored against them.
Our tip is for a 1-2 victory for Chelsea when the full-time whistle blows. Should be a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Vitality Stadium (11,307)
Captain: Norberto Neto
Chairman: Bill Foley
Manager: Andoni Iraola
Competitions: Premier League position 16, EFL Cup (Third Round)
🔑 Key Player: Dominic Solanke
Customarily taking up the Striker position, Dominic Solanke was born in Basingstoke, England. After having played his first senior match for Vitesse in the 2015 - 2016 season, the gifted Forward has scored 2 league goals in the Premier League 2023 - 2024 season to date in 4 appearances.