Bournemouth v Chelsea Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Dean Court

Punter's Pick

Eden Hazard to score first and Chelsea to win is a handy 5/1 with Bet365, whilst the same firm also has over ten corners at 13/10 in what should be an open and attacking game. Brazilian Willian also looks to be in peak form and can be backed to score anytime at 7/4, also with Bet365.

Bournemouth welcome Chelsea to the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday, as both sides get back into Premier League action with the hosts enjoying a mini break following a lack of cup action, unlike the visitors.

Focus back on top four challenge for Chelsea

After a successful week in which they progressed to the final of the Carabao Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Tottenham and cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup, focus turns on retaining their current fourth placed position. Stinging criticism of his players by manager Maurizio Sarri following a 2-0 humbling by bitter rivals Arsenal seems to have had the desired effect, the the performance against Tottenham particularly more in keeping with what was being delivered by the Blues in the early part of the season. More of the same will be needed between now and the end of the campaign, with Arsenal and Manchester United just three points behind them in the race for the final Champions League position, and United in particular looking in irresistable form.

Bournemouth form a long term concern

A 2-0 win in their last fixture against West Ham United was a welcome relief for the Cherries, being only their second win in all competitions in ten games, as early season optimism and a push for a top six position have quickly disappeared. A 3-0 win against Fulham back on October 27th did in fact put Bournemouth in sixth position in the league, only one point behind Chelsea at the time. The gap between the two sides now sits at seventeen points, a fair reflection of the opposite directions the two team’s fortunes have gone since that dizzying afternoon at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea aim for a hat-trick of wins against Bournemouth

The Blues already have two wins against Bournemouth to their credit this season in the league and Carabao Cup. A 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge was secured by second half strikes from Pedro and Eden Hazard, although Bournemouth could, and should have been in the lead by then as they missed two glaring chances. The Carabao Cup fixture was settled by a late Hazard strike to hand Chelsea a 1-0 success, with Bournemouth again squandering chances to take the lead.

Team news – Bournemouth with the bigger headaches

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has three main injury problems, two of which are long term. Captain Simon Francis and midfielder Lewis Cook have effectively been ruled out for the rest of the season with serious knee injuries, while recent signing Dominic Solanke has yet to make an appearance due to an ongoing hamstring niggle. On-loan Liverpool right back Nathaniel Clyne has at least filled the void left by the injury to the skipper, and Howe will be praying talisman striker Callum Wilson does not pick up any further niggling injuries.

Chelsea have no such worries, with Eden Hazard expected to return to the starting XI after being rested for the 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday. Alvaro Morata has been sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid, paving the way for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain to make his league debut. Much speculation surrounds the future of talented eighteen year old Callum Hudson-Odoi with the transfer window deadline fast approaching, and it will be interesting to see if Sarri gives the starlet a rare league start or goes back to tried and trusted Pedro.

Chelsea to edge it again?

Given their narrow wins over Bournemouth twice already this season, logic suggests Chelsea may just find a way to pinch a result over their opponents as the battle for Champions League spots hots up. This is definitely a fixture Chelsea can ill afford to drop points in, and with key man Eden Hazard rested and ready to return, they should just edge it again.

Punter's Pick

Eden Hazard to score first and Chelsea to win is a handy 5/1 with Bet365, whilst the same firm also has over ten corners at 13/10 in what should be an open and attacking game. Brazilian Willian also looks to be in peak form and can be backed to score anytime at 7/4, also with Bet365.

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