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Bournemouth vs Chelsea betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Bournemouth vs Chelsea odds and betting statistics

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Bournemouth vs Chelsea match preview

Having accumulated a measly four points from four outings so far, Chelsea badly need a win in this one.

Before the international break, Mauricio Pochettino’s team suffered their first really damaging defeat of the campaign, beaten by the team that never wins away, namely Nottingham Forest, at Stamford Bridge

So, having only defeated odds-on favourites for relegation Luton Town to date, the Blues continue to languish in mid-table.

Dating back to mid-October, the Blues have taken a measly 29 points from the last 99 available, which is a frankly remarkable statistic.

Before this October’s international break, Chelsea face Aston Villa, Fulham and Burnley, really needing to pick up wins, given what’s to come after that.

Afterwards, between 21 October and 6 December, the Blues’ fixtures are Arsenal (H), Brentford (H), Spurs (A), Man City (H), Newcastle (A), Brighton (H) and then Man United (A).

Another manager in need of a victory is Andoni Iraola, given that his Bournemouth team have just two to their name so far.

The Cherries very nearly beat Brentford a fortnight ago, Dominic Solanke and David Brooks on target in West London, only for the hosts to equalise in stoppage time.

In fairness, Bournemouth have held West Ham to a draw, the only team to avoid defeat against the Hammers, before defeats against Liverpool and Tottenham, but the tough tests just keep on coming.

Chelsea did beat Bournemouth home and away last season, one of just three clubs they achieved this against, although the Cherries did famously smash the Blues 4-0 at home as recently as 2019.

In fact, their last 13 meetings have produced 37 goals, so expect an entertaining affair at Dean Court.

Bournemouth team news

Luis Sinisterra could make his debut on the wing, having come off the bench in both of Colombia’s World Cup qualifiers, although fellow new recruits Tyler Adams and Alex Scott are both sidelined.

Meanwhile, David Brooks has scored in his last three appearances for club and country, netting against Swansea, Brentford and Latvia (an eclectic list), so he might just have earnt himself a start.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Neto; Aarons, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez; Rothwell, Billing, Christie; Brooks, Kluivert, Solanke.

Chelsea team news

Wesley Fofana, Benoît Badiashile, Reece James, Trevor Chalobah, Roméo Lavia, Carney Chukwuemeka, Christopher Nkunku and Armando Broja are all sidelined.

Cole Palmer came off the bench for his debut against Nottingham Forest, but is likely to start this time.

In goal, Robert Sánchez remains the number one, despite the arrival of Đorđe Petrović.

Raheem Sterling will be fresh, having inexplicably not been called up by Gareth Southgate, while Nicolas Jackson will lead the line, against the side he almost joined in January.

Predicted XI (3-4-3): Sánchez; Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill; Gusto, Fernández, Caicedo, Chilwell; Palmer, Sterling, Jackson.

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