Chelsea team news and predicted XI vs Bournemouth

All the latest news from Stamford Bridge ahead of their relegation six pointer

Chelsea can ensure their Premier League survival with a first win in Lampard’s reign should they manage to put Bournemouth to bed this Saturday.

The Blues are enduring their worst ever Premier League season, currently rotting in 12th place and with the potential to drop further still in the weeks to come.

Having lost all six of their games under interim boss Frank Lampard, and facing a tough fixture list which includes games against Manchester United, Manchester City and Newcastle United, it is unclear whether they will manage to pick up any more points this campaign.

The in-form Cherries are no pushovers though, having won four of their last five Premier League games to fly out of the relegation battle and towards the top half of the table.

Here’s how we expect the Blues to line up, and the latest team news for Lampard to deal with.

Predicted XI

Team News

Both Reece James and Mason Mount will be out for the remainder of the season through a hamstring and groin injury respectively.

“Reece is unavailable, probably for the season. Mason’s the same. Reece has a hamstring. Mason’s carrying a pelvic injury... He’s been trying, but will have minor surgery [&] a four-week recovery”, Lampard told the media ahead of their clash with Brentford last month.

They are part of a longer injury list that also includes Armando Broja, who has been out since the World Cup.

Kalidou Koulibaly is still sidelined with a hamstring injury that he picked up at the Santiago Bernabeu, joining Marc Cucurella on the sidelines.

Six defeats on the bounce have seen Lampard’s side drop to 12th, and they could be further down should they lose to Bournemouth, the Cherries would leapfrog the west London side.

It could prompt changes, with Noni Madueke impressing against Arsenal, while Mykaylo Mudryk could also feature and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did nothing to warrant another start during his brief spell on the pitch against his old club.

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