With Chelsea battling to remain in the top four and Bournemouth battling the relegation side, it will be an intense match clash at the Vitality Stadium when both teams clash. The match schedules for 29th February with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.
Despite their currently fourth place at the table, Frank Lampard’s team runs the risk of losing a ticket to the Championship League. The Blues will be coming off a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard took the underdog tag for the match. However, with a redemption chance in the second league, the Blues will have to redeem themselves with a win against Howe’s side. However, it will be an intense battle.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, is currently facing off a relegation battle with each passing game. The side is 16th on the table and two points off the relegation side. The side is currently on a losing form while losing out on their last two games. A 3-0 thrashing to Burnley was a significant loss for Eddie Howe, especially after an impressive start to the league.
Bournemouth vs. Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides have met on 11 different occasions with Chelsea taking hoe 11 wins while Bournemouth contends with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth
Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth
Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea
Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
Bournemouth Team News
After receiving a two-match ban, Jefferson Lerma made his comeback into the starting XI. However, he is suffering a chest injury picked up against their clash with Aston Villa. He remains a doubt to feature in the clash with the Blues.
Eddie Howe will also contend with injury woes in the squad. Other players who will miss out on the feature include David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly, Charlie Daniels, and Arnaut Groenveld. Talisman Nathan AKe remains a doubt to feature ahead of the clash.
Chelsea Team News
After receiving a nose injury, defender Christensen wore a face mask in their clash with Bayern Munich. However, with Zouma on the bench, the talisman is likely to be rested. After starting in the midweek clash, it remains a doubt whether Giroud will land the spot in favor of Mitchy Batshuayi.
After falling down the pecking order, goalkeeper Kepa expects to start on the bench in favor of Caballero. The injury list in the squad includes Ngolo Kante and Christian Pulisic.
Prediction and Odds
It is a hard battle for both sides, with a win for each team solidifying their stay at the table.
Goals Under 2.5