Chelsea vs Bournemouth: The 2016/17 Premier League champions are off to a perfect with 3 wins in 3. They host Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who with 7 points are placed 6th on the table. The Cherries displayed stern character once again as they managed to sneak in a point after a 2-goal deficit against Everton in their previous league fixture. Can they stop the Chelsea juggernaut? Under Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea seem to have found their mojo back, but can they challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the title? Chelsea vs Bournemouth fantasy football fixture is up on FanFight. Pick your best 6, play fantasy cricket & fantasy football, compete and win cash daily.
LAST 3 RESULTS
CHELSEA: Beat Newcastle United 1-2, Beat Arsenal 3-2 & Beat Huddersfield Town 0-3
BOURNEMOUTH: Drew 2-2 against Everton, Beat West Ham United 1-2 & Beat Cardiff City 2-0
The last time Chelsea hosted Bournemouth at the Stamford Bridge, the Cherries smashed the Blues 0-3. Can Eddie Howe work his magic yet again?
WHEN & WHERE
Chelsea vs Bournemouth will be played at the Stamford Bridge on the 1st of September. The kick-off time for this game is 20:30 IST.
Chelsea have no major injury concerns. Eden Hazard started their previous fixture and he’ll be taking the creative onus.
Adam Smith was sent off in the previous fixture against Everton but the defender served his suspension against MK Dons in the EFL cup.
Both teams are expected to remain unchanged.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Sarri’s style of football has taken immediate effect at the Chelsea camp. Chelsea along with Manchester City are leading the possession % table this season with 68.7%. New signing, Jorginho has been an absolute star for them. His distribution from the midfield has been phenomenal but with Kante playing slightly up front, the team’s defensive frailties will be possibly exploited. Chelsea have maintained only 1 clean sheet so far and that’s one area Sarri will need to tighten. As far as the formation is concerned, Chelsea are likely to go with 4-1-4-1.
GoalKeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso
Midfielders: Jorginho, Kante, Ross Barkley, Pedro, Eden Hazard
Strikers: Alvaro Morata
Eddie Howe is easily one of the sharpest managers in the league and is never afraid to take on the big teams head first. Bournemouth are defensively strong. However, it’s the midfield that has to step up. Joshua King and Callum Wilson can bamboozle defences with their electrifying pace but can all the departments work in synergy for the Cherries?
Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic
Defenders: Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels
Midfielders: Ryan Fraser, Andrew Surman, Jefferson Lerma, David Brooks
Strikers: Joshua King, Callum Wilson
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
EDEN HAZARD ( Value on FanFight: 10)
Chelsea have a sturdy unit walking into this fixture and their talisman footballer is back to doing what he does best. Hazard had a brilliant run at the FIFA World Cup and he doesn’t look like slowing down. The 2014/15 PFA player of the year has got all the trickery in the world. The Bournemouth defenders will have their work cut out and if Hazard manages to sneak into those tight spaces, the ball is certain to find the back of the net. He’ll be the player to watch out for.
Stats this season – Goals: 1, Assists: 2, Shots on Target: 2
NATHAN AKE( Value on FanFight: 8.2)
Chelsea’s very own product, Nathan Ake is Bournemouth’s, key man. The 23-year-old centre-back has all the qualities of becoming one of the brightest defenders in the league and the Cherries will depend on him heavily to restrict the Blues. He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet and also can chip in with crucial goals. Can he score one against his old club?
Stats this season – Clean sheets: 1, Goals: 1, Clearances: 18
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Bournemouth have beaten Chelsea twice over the last 3 seasons at the Stamford Bridge. The most recent victory was a 0-3 win over the 5-time Premier League champions.
Only Liverpool (10) and Spurs (12) have won more Premier League matches from losing positions than Bournemouth (9) since 2015/16.
Chelsea are aiming to win their opening four Premier League games of a season for the sixth time. They had also done this in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2014-15, winning the league in all but one of those seasons. In 2010-11.
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