Bournemouth are looking to arrest their slide down towards the Premier League relegation zone when they host fourth-placed Chelsea on Saturday. Frank Lampard’s Blues enjoyed a big win last time out, but have been struggling for consistency of late, and could be vulnerable on the road.
Where and when: Vitality Stadium – 29 February, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Bournemouth vs. Chelsea: Not available in the UK
Last time: Dan Gosling scored the only goal of the game just over five minutes from full-time, as Bournemouth upset the odds to shock Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in mid-December.
Bournemouth v Chelsea Predictions and Preview
Bournemouth are looking for an unlikely hat-trick of victories over Chelsea, after the Cherries thrashed the Blues 4-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture. Eddie Howe has led his team to four wins in nine Premier League fixtures against the west London outfit, with three of those coming in the last four meetings.
Considering that and Chelsea’s patchy form which has seen them only win one of their last five Premier League matches, Bournemouth could be quite tempting for the three points this weekend at 4/1. With a trip to Liverpool next and only a two-point gap to West Ham in 17th place, that would be a gigantic boost for Howe and his players.
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With Chelsea up in the Champions League places though, even a draw would be a strong result for the home team. That’s priced at 3/1 in the latest betting odds, although there hasn’t ever been a stalemate between these two clubs. All nine previous Premier League meetings have produced a winner, with the victors keeping a clean sheet in seven of those.
With that in mind, Chelsea – who are the 8/11 favourites in the outright market – are available at 19/10 with William Hill to win this game to nil. The Blues picked up a crucial victory over fellow top four hopefuls Tottenham on Saturday, made all the sweeter by Jose Mourinho’s position in the away dugout.
Lampard’s youthful side remain inconsistent though, especially in front of goal. They’ve been buoyed by Olivier Giroud’s performances on his return to the team though, while Tammy Abraham is fit again after injury. Callum Hudson-Odoi is a doubt for this game with a hamstring problem, however, while N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are also set to miss out.
For Bournemouth, Nathan Ake is available to face his former club this weekend, while Jefferson Lerma has an outside chance of being fit. David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly and Arnaut Groeneveld are all expected to miss out though.
That won’t help Eddie Howe’s mood, after his team felt hugely aggrieved at VAR’s involvement in their defeat at Burnley last weekend. The Cherries never recovered from going 2-0 down when they thought they’d made it 1-1, but they need to put that behind them and pick themselves up for this huge game on Saturday afternoon.
One to watch for Bournemouth: Harry Wilson thought he’d pulled Bournemouth level at Burnley last weekend, only for his goal to be chalked off following a debatable handball back in his own box. The former Liverpool youngster will be keen to show off his potential against a big club like Chelsea, and he’s 11/1 to do so by opening the scoring.
One to watch for Chelsea: Like Wilson, Olivier Giroud has fallen foul of VAR’s iron grip over the Premier League in the last few games. The French World Cup winner scored with a rasping effort against Spurs though, and is 19/4 to continue his good run of form by breaking the deadlock here.
Long shot: There’s plenty of pressure on both these teams, while Chelsea have the added burden of a midweek Champions League tie against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. A repeat of Bournemouth’s 4-0 victory in last season’s corresponding fixture may be a step too far at 250/1, but a 2-0 win for the Cherries is more realistic at 30/1.