Chelsea vs Bournemouth
2018/19 English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 1st September 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea will be welcoming Bournemouth into the Stamford Bridge for this EPL fixture of the fourth round.
The Blues will be aiming to continue their winning streak to four matches by clinging a win in this home fixture. They seem more focused to get the best out of this season.
Sarri will certainly have no reason to make major changes on his squad. His main stars are in form. It is doubtful whether or not Cesc Fabregas will be coming back in this matchup. Nonetheless, it is confirmed that Eden Hazard will be among the starting XI alongside Morata and Pedro in the forward positions.
Chelsea were notably pushed between a rock and a hard place away at Newcastle in their last EPL game. They struggled to come back and cancel Newcastle’s 1 goal lead and were lucky to win the match with an own goal.
Bournemouth may have beaten The Blues in their last meeting but they may receive payback in this away matchup. Currently, they are in good form and may put up a huge fight against Chelsea.
They are undefeated in their last 3 EPL games. This is a clear indication that the team is gradually gaining momentum. Bournemouth will miss the services of Lys Mousset who twisted his ankle during their Carabao Cup fixture against MK Dons.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Head-to-Head
- It must have been surprising for Bournemouth to thrash Chelsea 3-0 in the last meeting.
- However, the last 5 out of six games have been won by Chelsea.
- Chelsea has seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Prediction
To me, this is payback time for The Blues. It is fresh in mind that they were hammered with 3 goals to nil at Stamford Bridge in January this year by the same side they are meeting in this home match. With the current team form, Chelsea will surely rise to the occasion.
Bournemouth will not go down easily. They will remain dangerous throughout the match and are expected to find the back of the net in this matchup. Nonetheless, I cannot see them scoring more than 1 goal here.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Betting Tip
Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 (1.80)