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

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Bournemouth vs Chelsea match preview

How long will Chelsea’s losing streak last?

On Tuesday night, the Blues were blown away by Arsenal, going 3-0 down by half time, before Noni Madueke slotted home a consolation goal that never threatened to spark a comeback.

This means, since Frank Lampard’s return, they’ve lost six out of six, scoring just two goals.

Including the end of his time at Everton, Lampard is the first manager since Arthur Cox 35 years ago to suffer ten successive defeats whilst in charge of top-flight English clubs.

Having won only four of their last 24 league fixtures, Chelsea have slipped down to 12th, and would end the weekend 14th should they lost in Dorset and Wolves beat Aston Villa simultaneously.

As for Bournemouth, back in August, Scott Parker pretty much resigned as manager because the squad at his disposal could not compete at Premier League level.

This is testament to the amazing work by Gary O’Neil, who’s team have won five of their last seven, thereby securing safety against the odds.

Last Sunday, Bournemouth demolished Leeds 4-1 at Dean Court, with Jefferson Lerma bagging a quick-fire brace, before Dominic Solanke and Antoine Semenyo secured the points.

So, since mid-March, the Cherries have beaten Liverpool, Fulham, Leicester, Tottenham, Southampton and now Leeds, taking their tally to 39 points, all but mathematically safe from relegation.

Bournemouth have actually won three of their last six Premier League meetings with Chelsea, including a thumping 4-0 victory in January 2019.

Could a similar scoreline be on the cards at Dean Court?

Bournemouth team news

Adam Smith was shown his tenth yellow card of the season last Sunday, meaning he will miss this game, as well as next weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace, through suspension.

Jack Stacey is the most likely deputy at right-back, thereby starting for the first time since January.

In attack, Antoine Semenyo bagged his first-ever Premier League goal against Leeds, but could continue to be amongst the substitutes.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Neto; Stacey, Senesi, Kelly, Viña; Rothwell, Lerma, Billing, Christie, Ouattara; Solanke.

Chelsea team news

The Blues are without Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Reece James, Mason Mount and Armando Broja due to injury.

Meanwhile, Lampard practically admitted there’s no point picking Denis Zakaria or João Félix anymore as they’re only on loan.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was hooked at half time on Tuesday, with that his first start since the last time Chelsea faced Arsenal on 6 November.

Mykhailo Mudryk looked bright off the bench, so could come in for Raheem Sterling, while mid-week scorer Noni Madueke is set to keep his place on the other flank.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Fofana, Chilwell; Kanté, Gallagher, Fernández; Madueke, Mudryk, Havertz.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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