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Bournemouth team news & predicted line-up vs Chelsea

In this piece, we take a look at the latest Bournemouth team news ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Bournemouth’s Premier League campaign resumes on December 27 when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Bournemouth have had an ok start to life back in England’s top-flight, picking up 16 points from 15 games so far.

The Blues, meanwhile head into the game on a worrying run of form.

They are winless in their last five league outings, including losing their last three.

As result, Chelsea are 8th in the table and in danger of slipping out of the race for Champions League football.

Predicted Bournemouth line-up vs Chelsea

Bournemouth team news vs Chelsea

Ahead of the game, Gary O’Neil revealed that there are no fresh concerns from the recent Newcastle friendly.

He said: “Everyone came through the other night okay. Jefferson Lerma should be okay, we hope. His knee has been a little bit sore but we’re hopeful he’ll back in and around it in the next day or so.

“Marcus Tavernier is not as far forward as Jeff but we’re still hopeful, still hopeful we’ll get them both. There’s more chance of Jeff being available.”

O’Neil also confirmed that club captain Lloyd Kelly is back in full training, although was wary about placing too much pressure on his availability for the fixture. “Lloyd is back in training. Obviously, he’s had a long time out but he’s working hard, he’s back in full training with the lads. We’ll make a call as the games come whether he’s available or not.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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