Chelsea vs Bournemouth prediction: Chelsea line-up
London outfit Chelsea host Premier League rivals AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Frank Lampard’s Blues will be keen to make amends for their disappointing 3-1 loss to Everton last week when they face a lowly Bournemouth, who sit just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Both the sides have not been in the best of forms, with Chelsea losing 3 of their last 4 league games, while the Cherries under Eddie Howe are struggling after losing five league games in a row.
With Manchester United following them closely at fifth place, nothing less than a win could ease the pressure on Chelsea, who aim to stay in the Champions League berth.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth would be praying for a change of fortunes, having not won a single game since beating Manchester United last month.
However, a 2-1 Champions League win against Lille in their last game would give Chelsea the much-needed confidence ahead of the weekend clash.
Long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek still sits out as he nurses his way back from a calf injury. Veteran striker Olivier Giroud is still recovering from an ankle sprain and is a major doubt for the game against the Cherries.
However, Lampard would be hopeful that young defender Fikayo Tomori, who is currently being assessed for a groin injury, would be fit ahead of the weekend clash.
Predicted Chelsea line-up
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
Has not had the best of weeks, conceding 3 against the Toffees. Despite the recent slump, the Spaniard still remains Lampard’s first-choice keeper.
Reece James (RB)
The youngster has been growing in stature and is giving serious contention for a starting place in the side. Likes to get forward and join the attack.
Andreas Christensen (CB)
With Tomori doubtful to start and Rudiger having played just one game since returning from injury, the Dane would be Lampard’s preferred choice.
Kurt Zouma (CB)
The Frenchman has grown in confidence over time and is a regular these days. He has been pretty consistent this season, except against Everton.
Cesar Azpilicueta (LB)
The skipper continues to inspire with his strong performances. With Reece being offered more chances, the Spaniard has had to switch to the left side.
N’Golo Kante (CM)
He has plenty of energy and could be seen everywhere in the field. He is the lungs of the squad and has been impressive since coming back from injury.
As always, Jorginho would function from deep and orchestrate the attacks. Has been in and out of the side in recent weeks due to a midfield filled with talent.
Mateo Kovacic (CM)
Currently Chelsea’s most influential player in the middle. He scored superbly against Everton and was Chelsea’s lone brilliant player that day.
The Brazilian has once again hit peak form this season, and has looked threatening in attack. However, he wastes time and loses possession often.
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Tammy Abraham (ST)
Chelsea’s man in form was once again on the scoresheet against Lille. With every game, he is growing into a prolific finisher.
Christian Pulisic (LW)
He has slowly started to establish himself within the side. His speedy runs and dribbles often create lots of problems for opposition defences.