Kick-off: 1500, 14/12/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
The problems are piling up for Bournemouth and a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea is unlikely to offer much respite.
Injuries have played a part in their run of poor results and five straight defeats have left them just one point above the relegation zone.
Chelsea have been struggling for clean sheets though so a home win and both teams to score at 29/20 is our opening Chelsea vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
It was perhaps inevitable that Chelsea’s youngsters would have a dip in form at some point and three defeats in their last four Premier League games has calmed some of the excitement growing in west London.
The Blues have followed up their fine start to the domestic campaign by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League following a 2-1 win at home to Lille on Tuesday night, though.
Tammy Abraham again broke the deadlock when he tapped home a fine team goal for his 13th Chelsea goal in all competitions this term.
The England hitman is proving to be a fast starter, with eight of his 11 league goals coming in the first half and six of those were the first goal of the game.
Having also opened the scoring in both games against Lille, we’ll back Abraham to score first at 5/2 as one of our Chelsea vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pulisic, Abraham, Willian.
Fikayo Tomori will not feature due to a minor hip problem. Fit-again Antonio Rudiger is likely to continue in central defence in his absence, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues his recovery from a long-term heel issue.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth’s home defeat against Liverpool was to be expected but the loss of two key players to injuries was a further setback they could have done without.
Defender Nathan Ake was withdrawn with a hamstring injury moments before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener, while striker Callum Wilson limped off in the second half of the 3-0 loss.
With the likes of Steve Cook, David Brooks and Joshua King already absent, it is not obvious how manager Eddie Howe can stop the rot and captain Simon Francis admits his side are embroiled in a relegation battle.
“Morale’s not great in the changing room right now, you’d expect that,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s not the time to panic. It’s not like it’s our first season in the Premier League. We do have to have the mindset that it is a relegation battle for us now. There’s no doubt about that.
“Of course, you should really think like that at the start of the season but we put high expectations with the squad we’ve got.
“Ultimately the table doesn’t lie, we are where we are, and we’re desperate for that next win.”
They have failed to pick up a point in five away games against teams currently above them in the table so, looking at the Chelsea vs Bournemouth odds, we like the Blues to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 at 27/10 in the multiple correct score market.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Ramsdale, Francis, Ake, Rico, Mepham, Lerma, Fraser, Billing, Solanke, C Wilson, Groeneveld.
Bournemouth have been dealt an injury blow after it was revealed that Ake faces six weeks on the sidelines.
CHELSEA 2-1 Lille – Tammy Abraham, Cesar Azpilicueta
BOURNEMOUTH 0-3 Liverpool
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth, Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth, Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth, Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea
Join bwin today and receive up to £10 money back as a FreeBet if your first wager at odds of 1/1 (2.0) or greater is a loser! Terms and conditions apply.