Chelsea, to keep up after break vs Bournemouth

Chelsea, to keep up after break vs Bournemouth

Chelsea aims to finally end their losing streak when they meet Bournemouth, as they return in the Premier League, after their World Cup break. Chelsea is currently at the 9th place of the league table with 21 points across their name. On the other hand, Bournemouth are in the 14th of the league table, having 16 points. This match is more important for Bournemouth as the more they lose their matches, the more they will lose their chance to advance to the next round. This meeting will be on December 28, 2022, at 1:30 AM (GMT+8), when Chelsea entertains Bournemouth.

Unlike other teams, these two teams did not meet as much as other teams did, as they only met 17 times across all competitions. Their first meeting was way back 1988, and it was the hosts who are currently leading this match. While Chelsea won 11 games, Bournemouth only have five win against the hosts, while the remaining one ended in draw. However, from their last three meetings, it was the visitors who has a good record, as the hosts are winless against them. From those last three matches, the hosts lost two of those three games. They can take advantage of the fact that the visitors have the worst defensive record this season, conceding 32 goals in 15 games.

Chelsea

Premier League: Chelsea
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Although the hosts have a good record against the visitors, it is not guaranteed that they will win this match. This squad have been struggling recently; in fact, they remain to be winless in their last five matches. They lost their last three matches, and have not scored in the last two. However, they can get confidence from the fact that they have a dominating win against their opponent. Additionally, their opponent is struggling in defense, so given their talented strikers, they might end their three-game losing streak in this game. Also, they only lost once at home, so they can still make use of their home advantage to win this match.

Given his season-ending ACL injury, Chelsea already lost Armando Broja, but what is more burdening for Chelsea is the fact that he is just one of their seven absentees in this match. Hakim Ziyech, and Mateo Kovacic remains out in this match, giving them more time to recover after the World Cup. Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, and Ruben Lotus-Cheek are all recovering from their injuries.

AFC Bournemouth

Premier League: AFC Bournemouth
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The visitors are coming into this game from a win, after their impressive 3-0 victory against Everton at home. It was Marcus Tavernier, Kieffer Moore, and Jaidon Anthony who helped them to gain that league victory before their World Cup break. However, they are coming from a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in the Round of 16 of EFL Championship round. This squad can get confidence from the fact that they are unbeaten in their last three meetings against the hosts. However, they are not doing well on the road, winning only once.

Due to an illness 8-10 players got when they met Newcastle United on their last match, their boss is still trying to figure out who to play for this game.

Prediction:

Chelsea (1.5)
Odds: 0.83

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