Chelsea vs Bournemouth
English League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea ended Bournemouth’s League Cup fairy-tale with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in the previous term of the competition. The two sides are about to take on each other at the very identical stage of the new 2018/19 campaign on Wednesday evening in London.
The hosts once again come into this as favourites to claim the victory and advance into the semi-final where they were stopped by London rivals Arsenal last time around. Speaking of the Gunners, their 3-2 loss to Southampton at St. Mary’s sent Chelsea three points clear in the 4th place of the Premier League standings.
The Blues dispatched Brighton 1-2 on the road on Sunday with Eden Hazard starring on the court. The Belgian, who began the match in a false 9. role, made his 9th assist of the season for Pedro’s opener before doubling team’s lead himself. It was Hazard’s first goal in two months for Chelsea.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Head-to-head
The Blues picked up a 2-0 victory when these two likes faced each other in this term of the Premier League in September.
Chelsea won six and lost two of eight meetings with Bournemouth.
The Cherries, however, stunned Chelsea with a shocking 0-3 victory in January at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Prediction
The Cherries fell into the bottom half of the Premier League ladder after losing six of past seven league affairs. The most recent of failures came on Saturday afternoon when they lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers away at Molineux.
Eddie Howe’s men conceded as many as six goals without scoring a single in last two league ties. Callum Wilson only came on from the bench to feature the second-half of the clash against Wolves and his appearance at Stamford Bridge comes under a big question-mark.
Even though Maurizio Sarri will mix up his line-up for this tie, we have to see the hosts as clear favourites against such an in-form opposition. The value is with Chelsea to win & BTTS given the Blues allowed three goals in last two matches against the likes of Vidi (2-2) and Brighton (1-2).
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Bet Tips
Chelsea to win & BTTS @ 2.87 (15/8)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57 (4/7).