These sides have already faced each other in the Premier League on the 28th of October. Chelsea pipped Bournemouth in that game 0-1 with Eden Hazard scoring of an Alvaro Morata Assist.
These sides will face each other again in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on the 1st of February 2018. Chelsea and Bournemouth will face off again in the quarterfinals of the Football League Cup on the 21st of December. This game will also be played at Stamford Bridge.
EPL Table And Schedule
Chelsea sits in third spot with 25 points after 12 games in the Premier League. Chelsea faces a crammed schedule from the end of November till the beginning of January. They face teams like Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, West Ham, Everton, Stoke, Arsenal, Leicester, etc. That’s over 12 games in less than 34 days.
Chelsea will need to rotate their squad heavily to be in contention in all competitions this season. Expect Conte to rest Morata and co. for this fixture in the League Cup. Conte will stick to his strongest squad for the return game in February.
Bournemouth has managed to accumulate 13 points in the same number of games as Chelsea with 4 wins and 7 losses this season. Eddie Howes side sits on 13th position in the Premier League table.
Bournemouth plays 10 games over 34 days and has a far tougher fixture list than Chelsea. They face Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in consecutive games. They’ll take any points they manage to get from these games.
Even with Chelsea fielding a weaker side, they should be able to see this game through comfortably. Should Chelsea need additional firepower, they can call on Hazard, Pedro or Morata from the bench. Chelsea should win this at home 3-0. No reason to expect an upset in this game.
Chelsea – 4/11
Draw – 17/4
Bournemouth – 10/1
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