Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea vs Bournemouth predictions: Preview & predicted line-ups

101 Great Goals prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth

Chelsea to beat Bournemouth 3-0 is 15/2 with Paddy Power

Chelsea got back to winning ways on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup.

The Blues haven’t started 2018 particularly well but they should be able to beat a plucky Bournemouth side.

Despite Chelsea’s recent poor form and injury struggles, Bournemouth are a side who are still fighting against relegation and have won just twice away from home all season.

If Bournemouth were to leave Stamford Bridge with even a point, questions will surely be asked about Antonio Conte’s future.

We expect Michy Batshuayi to score a brace (if he is still at the club…) and a Chelsea midfielder to complete the scoring.

Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Who will win?

Chelsea are overwhelming favourites to win this game at 1/4.

A Bournemouth win is rated at 10/1.

Eden Hazard, who has a great record against Bournemouth, is 3/1 to score the first goal. Eden Hazard is 5/1 to score two or more goals in the match.

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Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Premier League match preview

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

At the same stage last season, Chelsea found themselves 9 points clear at the top of the table ahead of nearest rivals Tottenham but this season hasn’t been so fruitful.

The Blues were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal seven days ago and needed a replay (and a penalty shootout) to beat Norwich in the FA Cup during the same week.

Chelsea have won just two matches in 90 minutes during 2018 so far and they will be hoping to make it a hat-trick against The Cherries.

Bournemouth are unbeaten in five Premier League games

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth will play their second consecutive game in London after their 1-1 draw at West Ham last Saturday.

Bournemouth are undefeated in their last 5 Premier League games as the battle to avoid the drop heats up.

Within the space of eight weeks, Bournemouth have faced both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, losing four of those fixtures.

Bournemouth haven’t won away from home since the 4th of November where they got the better of Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle side.

Chelsea haven’t lost at Stamford Bridge since Manchester City’s 1-0 win in September.

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Chelsea team news vs Bournemouth

Cesc Fabregas & Thibaut Courtois looked to be heading back to full fitness before their training ground mishap on Monday.

Alvaro Morata could return to the Chelsea line up after his brief spell on the sidelines according to Antonio Conte but after Michy Batshuayi‘s two goals at the weekend, it is unlikely that he will be dropped.

The Belgian has been linked with a move away from Chelsea throughout the transfer window and with the market closing less than an hour after the full time whistle blows, Batshuayi may not be able to play if a club comes in with a late bid.

Willian was taken off during Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at the Emirates last Wednesday and he is a major doubt for the Bournemouth clash, as is fellow Brazilian, David Luiz.

Ross Barkley is set to make his first Premier League start for the club.

Bournemouth team news vs Chelsea

Bournemouth have had the luxury of an eleven day rest since their 1-1 draw at the London Stadium on the 20th January.

The Cherries have no new injury concerns with the exceptions of Jermain Defoe & Tyrone Mings who have missed a total of 37 games between them this season.

Callum Wilson, Bournemouth’s top scorer this season with 7 goals, will lead the line at Stamford Bridge.

Nathan Ake will return to his former club for the first time since signing for Bournemouth in the summer.

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Chelsea predicted line up vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth predicted line up vs Chelsea

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