Chelsea head south this afternoon in search of another win to play a Bournemouth side unbeaten in five matches.
The Blues secured a vital 2-1 win against Manchester City on Wednesday, Eden Hazard scored both the goals to keep Tottenham at bay.
Six more victories from the next nine Premier League games are needed to secure the Premier League title, hopefully today we can get one step closer.
Training done. Now the Blues are off to Bournemouth! 🤙 pic.twitter.com/1LlEGkxFUl
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 7, 2017
According to Antonio Conte in yesterday’s press conference Victor Moses could return after a calf injury. The right wing-back missed Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace and Wednesday’s win over Manchester City.
For Bournemouth Tyrone Mings is still suspended, while Andrew Surman (knee) won’t feature. Adam Federici and Callum Wilson are long-term absentees.
Predicted Line Ups
Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Cook, Francis, Daniels; Arter, Wilshere, Fraser, King, Stanislas; Afobe
Chelsea: Courtois; Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Pedro, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Fabregas, Costa, Hazard
Bournemouth have lost six of their eight games against Chelsea in all competitions (W2). Their only win at home came in their first game against them in September 1988.
Eden Hazard has scored three times in three previous Premier League appearances against Bournemouth.
Antonio Conte’s side have won 33 points from their 15 away games so far in 2016-17; only twice in Chelsea’s history have they picked up more points at this stage of the season (35 in 2003/04 and 38 in 2004/05).
Bournemouth have won consecutive Premier League fixtures at the Vitality Stadium, netting five goals in the process. They could win three in a row for just the second time in the competition (also in October 2016).
Costa hasn’t scored in any of his last three Premier League appearances and he’s never gone four in a row in the competition without scoring. The last time he did this in league competition was in La Liga with Atletico Madrid in January 2014.
Chelsea, making the trip to Bournemouth, are odds on favourites to collect all three points today, priced at 3/5. Bournemouth are sizeable outsiders on their home turf and can be backed at 11/2 to upset the league leaders. The draw is available at 3/1.
Kick-off at 17.30 UK Time. TV broadcast live from BT Sport 1.
Chelsea got back on track midweek with a 2-1 win over City in some style after their shock defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend. We’re predicting a 3-1 win for the Blues, Hazard and Pedro and Diego to score the goals.