Bournemouth v Chelsea: Match preview, Prediction, Venue & Where to Watch Details | Premier League 2018-19
After a demoralizing 2-0 defeat at the hands of cross-city rivals Arsenal, the Blues picked up two crucial wins, once against Spurs in the Carabao Cup semi-final and the other, a comprehensive one, against second-tier outfit Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Cherries too, got back to winning ways last time out in the league and they will be looking to push for a spot in the top half of the table. They will surely offer a stern test to their opponents, who have a mixed record away from home, with three defeats in their last six away fixtures.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the game.
Bournemouth v Chelsea: Kickoff information
Date: 30 January 2019
Time: 19:45 (local time), 01:15 (IST)
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Livestream: Live stream on Hotstar
Bournemouth v Chelsea: Form guide
Last 5 matches (in all competitions)
Bournemouth v Chelsea: Head-to-head
Bournemouth wins: 3
Chelsea wins: 11
Bournemouth v Chelsea: Key players
Against his former club, Nathan Ake will be ready with a long statement of intent. The young center back has shown his worth and class at the south coast under Howe, owing to his ability to read the game and chip in with vital challenges. Not to mention, he is extremely good in covering ground too.
A lot of talk has been going on about Eden Hazard's relationship on the pitch with new boy Gonzalo Higuain, but with much-needed rest against the Owls, Pedro should be totally recharged heading into this encounter.
His pace, ability to initiate counter-attacks and finishing prowess holds key for Chelsea, who need to move the ball just about quicker in the final third of the pitch.
Bournemouth v Chelsea: Prediction
Since the start of winter, Chelsea have looked far from their best in the final phase of the pitch, the final 20 meters - as denoted by the gaffer.
Sarri has openly criticized his players, which may not have got down too well with their ego and at the moment where there is some sort of transition happening at Stamford Bridge this transfer window, it looks like Chelsea will have their task cut out.
They will dominate most of the game, but given Bournemouth's expansive agenda and counter-attacking speed, it looks like they will register their second league win on the bounce.
Predicted score: Bournemouth 2-1 Chelsea