Frank Lampard will be hoping his players can put Tuesday night’s 3-0 hammering at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League when they travel to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Chelsea have all but been eliminated from European competition this season, ahead of the second leg in Germany on Wednesday 18 March, but will be looking to increase their chances of qualifying for next season’s tournament with three more points this weekend.
The Blues picked up a big 2-1 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend to extend their lead over their London rivals to four points with 11 games remaining. Sitting in fourth, Lampard’s side start the weekend three points ahead of Manchester United directly below them.
Chelsea were at home on Tuesday, so they won’t be suffering from any travel fatigue, but the Cherries did not play midweek, giving them more time to recover from their last time and prepare for this game.
The bookmakers favour the visitors to pick up all three points on Saturday as Chelsea have been made 3/4 favourites to win at the Vitality Stadium. Any fans who think this price is too short may want to consider taking advantage of the best free bets. Bournemouth are in relegation form, losing six of their last eight in the Premier League and winning just two of their last 10 since their upset 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge back in mid-December – their last clean sheet.
Eddie Howe’s side sit just two points above the relegation zone before Saturday’s game. Aston Villa, directly below them, won’t be gaining any ground this weekend as they are at Wembley Stadium in the EFL Cup final against Manchester City.
Bournemouth were well-and-truly beaten last weekend when they were hammered 3-0 away to Burnley. This was after losing 2-1 at Sheffield United.
With fixtures against Everton and Manchester City next month and Chelsea fans still buying tickets and supporting their team, the Blues could do with three points this week to keep them ahead of their competition in the battle for a top four finish. Frank Lampard will need to lift his side’s confidence after the mauling they took midweek, but they have certainly been handed a favourable match to bounce back in.
Olivier Giroud scored when he was handed a rare start last weekend, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus Cheek are available again. Willian was rested against Bayern Munich, so the manager has no shortages of attacking options to face Bournemouth’s leaky defence.