After a streak of grueling draws in different competitions, Antonio Conte’s side returned to winning ways against Brighton. The boss will surely look forward to a similar outcome from the Chelsea vs Bournemouth fixture on Wednesday.
Thanks to brilliant performance from Eden Hazard and Willian, Chelsea managed to thrash Brighton and Hove Albion with an emphatic scoreline of 4-0. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have remained unbeaten in five games since a terrible defeat against Manchester City. Among these last five games, they even won against Arsenal and Everton. Manager Eddi Howe will definitely want an inspiring performance from his team yet again.
When these two sides last locked horns in the British top tier, it was a solitary goal from Hazard that ensured a victory for the Blues. They also met each other in the Carabao Cup quarter final. That Chelsea vs Bournemouth match ended in a 2-1 win for the home side. It was a scintillating game of football. A stoppage time goal from Alvaro Morata ensured the victory for Chelsea and helped them progress to the last four of the tournament.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth – team news:
The hosts have a bunch of serious injury concerns. Thibaut Courtois has an ankle problem and he missed last two weeks. Once again, it might be Willy Caballero who will take the charges between the sticks. Willian is suffering from hamstrings while Morata has problems with his back. Both are expected to sit this fixture out, and get fit for the upcoming busy schedule that includes a fascinating UEFA Champions League tie against Barcelona. Finally, David Luiz is also struggling to get fit and given the defensive strength Chelsea have, Conte will choose to keep the Brazilian on the bench.
Other first team members should remain fit to start. Here is the predicted Chelsea lineup:
The visitors have no problem on the injury front, barring the long term absentees Jermain Defoe and Tyrone Mings. Naturally, they will field the strongest eleven and will hope for a great performance from Charlie Wilson and co.
Here is our predicted away lineup for the Chelsea vs Bournemouth fixture.
We think it will be an easy encounter for Chelsea and our prediction is a 3-1 victory in favour of them.
Hazard, Fabregas and Pedro have combined well in recent past. In the absence of Morata and Willian, they will have to deliver properly to find the nets. Towards the other end, responsibilities will be on Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, who have been in terrific touch of late. Should they find an early goal, it might be difficult for the Blues to come back and get all three points.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth – betting odds:
Chelsea win: 2/7
Bournemouth win: 17/2
Chelsea vs Bournemouth – TV guide:
The match will kick off at 7:45pm local time on Wednesday, which is 1:45pm Central Time and 1:15am Indian Time (Thursday). It will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select HD in INdia, BT Sport 1 in the UK and NBS Sports Gold in the USA. For live streaming link, please message us in our official Facebook page.
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