Bournemouth v Chelsea Match Preview

by - October 28, 2017

Saturday tea time sees Chelsea start a run of 5 away trips in their next 6 matches. This follows a run of 3 unbeaten home matches for The Blues, in which they have looked both commanding and fragile in all 3. However, they have finished each of the matches very strongly and, despite great efforts from the visiting teams, Antonio Conte will be pleased with the collective character shown by his squad.

With talisman Kante returning to training but still short of fitness, the Chelsea midfield will have been bolstered after an impressive full 90 minutes from the young Ampadu, Drinkwater finally making his Chelsea debut against Everton in the League Cup and a full week of rest for the over worked Bakayoko.

Bournemouth themselves have enjoyed back to back victories over the last week and their only loss recently was a 1-0 defeat away to Spurs. A run which Conte rightly praised and he is fully aware that they are a far better side than their 19th place in the Premier League suggests. This will be a tough test for the Londoners who will need to show sharpness and power all over the pitch in order to take control of the match and leave with the victory they crave.

If Morata has now fully recovered from his hamstring strain and can return to his goal scoring best and with Batshauyi impressing recently especially from the bench, and Hazard, Pedro and Willian all looking threatening surely Chelsea will have far too much fire power for Bournemouth.

However, it is at the other end of the pitch which has been the cause for concern. Those Chelsea fans who are already nervous regarding spells in recent matches in which their team has looked frail in defence will gain an extra furrow in their brows if Jermain Defoe returns to The Cherries starting line up. He already boasts the record of scoring against The Blues for the most number of different Premier League teams with 4 and will endeavour to take that tally to 5 with his turn of speed and clinical finishing.

With King also getting back to full fitness and with Stanislas and Surman chipping in with goals recently, this match could well rest on the collective spirit and organisation of Chelsea’s back line. When Bournemouth press forward, the Chelsea wing backs will need to remain tighter to the centre backs and prevent the gaps that recent opponents have found with too much ease.

With a trip to The Eternal City midweek, the best tonic for Conte will not just be a victory over Bournemouth, but also a clean sheet. What could be better for a day out at the coast?

Written by Jon Ellis, Chelsea FC home and away season ticket holder. Follow me on twitter: @ClitheroeBlue

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