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

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Premier League Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth

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Saturday, December 14, 2019


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

Despite Bournemouth having success in this fixture in recent years, Chelsea rightfully start the game as favourites and it is hard to look beyond a Blues victory. Bet365 are offering 4/6 for a -1 goal handicap for Chelsea and we feel that they are likely to win by two goals or more, making this an attractive bet. The corner count has also been high between these two and backing over 10 is well priced at 4/5.   

Chelsea welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge as they look to maintain their push for a top four finish in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge. They face a Bournemouth side which is perilously close to the relegation zone and in desperate need of three points. Although the home side will be favourites, can Eddie Howe’s men keep up their form of the last two seasons where they have beaten the Blues at least once?

Chelsea’s recent form has been patchy compared to spells where they have been consistently winning and Frank Lampard will be keen to put a run together which will keep them vying for the Champions League places. Three Premier League losses in four games have derailed a good campaign thus far with the Blues losing to Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton last time out. The manner of their defeat will be most concerning as Everton outfought their rivals all over the pitch and Chelsea’s stars couldn’t match a team inspired by Duncan Ferguson. Richarlison got an early goal with Dominic Calvert-Lewin bullying Chelsea’s backline while he went on to get two of his own. They will have to be stronger in games and show more character if they are to maintain their top four hopes as they have games coming up against teams that are also known to be physical. The team did get back to winning ways when they beat Lille in midweek to progress to the next round of the Champions League.

Bournemouth’s form has been horrendous as they come into this game off the back of five successive defeats. Injuries have decimated the side and although Eddie Howe admitted he didn’t like using injuries as an excuse, he felt he had to make that point given the number of casualties to first team players. The team has managed to compete as they were expected to under Howe’s management and in four of their defeats they lost by the odd goal. Most concerning will be their display against Liverpool last time out where they were camped in their own half for long periods without offering anything further up the pitch. The team conceded 73% possession and if this trend continues then they will struggle to get anything out of their games as the defence simply cannot hold out for such long periods against quality opposition. The team may well be forced to adopt a more defensive setup to keep them in the game, despite this being against Eddie Howe’s nature, but it must be balanced with a threat of their own and they still have quality players who are fit and can hurt the opposition if they get their tactics right.

In team news Chelsea will be sweating on the fitness of Fikayo Tomori who was left out of their Champions League squad having suffered a hip injury. They  could welcome back Mason Mount who wasn’t considered for the game against Lille with Antonio Rudiger likely to partner Kurt Zouma in defence. Tammy Abraham is likely to continue leading the line with Pulisic and Willian providing support from midfield

Bourenmouth’s aforementioned injury crisis has worsened with the impressive Nathan Ake added to the list along with Callum Wilson. Their absence makes it eight first team players that are out but Josh King is vying for a start and Harry Wilson will be available having not been eligible against his parent club Liverpool last time out.

In recent years meetings between these two have seen each team get a share of the spoils as Bournemouth have more than held their own against their West London rivals. Last season, Chelsea left it late at Stamford Bridge before securing a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard. Bournemouth got their revenge at the Vitality Stadium in a 4-0 win, with Josh King (2), David Brooks and Charlie Daniels all netting. The Cherries will also be buoyed by the fact that in the 2017/18 season, they went to Stamford Bridge and secured a 3-0 win, giving them hope in this one.

Punter's Pick

Despite Bournemouth having success in this fixture in recent years, Chelsea rightfully start the game as favourites and it is hard to look beyond a Blues victory. Bet365 are offering 4/6 for a -1 goal handicap for Chelsea and we feel that they are likely to win by two goals or more, making this an attractive bet. The corner count has also been high between these two and backing over 10 is well priced at 4/5.   

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