Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth Match Analysis & Prediction
27/12/2022 8:30 pm
Chelsea will be looking to end a miserable three-game losing run in the Premier League when they resume top-flight duties agains AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
While the hosts went into the World Cup break languishing in eighth in the table, the visitors have surged to 14th place but are still in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle.
From going unbeaten in their first nine matches under Graham Potter to suffering four defeats from their last five competitive games before the World Cup break, the new manager bounce has well and truly worn off for a goal-shy Chelsea side.
Progression to knockout rounds of the Champions League as group winners has been a small silver lining for Chelsea amid the backdrop of poor dismal domestic fortunes, with the Blues eliminated from the EFL Cup in the third round by Manchester City and suffering successive Premier League defeats to Brighton, Arsenal and Newcastle United.
The Blues went on to lose 1-0 to Aston Villa in a winter friendly to leave them without so much as a draw from their last four competitive and non-competitive matches, during which they have failed to score a sngle goal.
Chelsea are currently eight points adrift of the top four of the Premier League table, but they are just two clear of a potential spot in the bottom half, and Potter is already pondering about his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Gary O’Neil also embarked on an impressive unbeaten run after taking the reins at the Vitality Stadium before the defeats arrived in abundance, but he did enough to convince the Cherries board that he was deserving of a permanent contract.
Bournemouth were back in competitive action on Tuesday, making the daunting trip to Newcastle United in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, but only a 67th-minute Adam Smith own goal could separate the two sides in a 1-0 victory for the Magpies.
The Cherries now turn back to the Premier League where they have suffered three defeats in a row away from home and are winless in five on away territory, where their tally of 24 goals conceded represents the worst of its kind in the division.
Chelsea vs. AFC Bournemouth Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 13 occasions across all competitions, where Chelsea hava claimed eight victories while Bournemouth have won four, and they have drawn once. Chelsea have scored 20 goals and conceded 15 in the process.
19/12/2018Chelsea1AFC Bournemouth0EFL Cup
30/01/2019AFC Bournemouth4Chelsea0Premier League
14/12/2019Chelsea0AFC Bournemouth1Premier League
29/02/2020AFC Bournemouth2Chelsea2Premier League
27/07/2021AFC Bournemouth1Chelsea2Club Friendlies
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea lost Armando Broja to a season-ending ACL injury during their friendly with Aston Villa, while Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mason Mount could recover from foot and calf issues in time to make the squad.
Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic and Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech will be given more time to recover after the World Cup.
Chelsea's Last 5 Matches
02/11/2022Chelsea2Dinamo Zagreb1Champions League
09/11/2022Manchester City2Chelsea0EFL Cup
12/11/2022Newcastle United1Chelsea0Premier League
11/12/2022Aston Villa1Chelsea0Club Friendlies
AFC Bournemouth Team News
Between eight and 10 Bournemouth players fell victim to a virus before the encounter with Newcastle, including Ryan Fredericks, Joe Rothwell and Ben Pearson.
David Brooks and Neto are out until the New Year, while Marcus Tavernier, Llyod Kelly and Jefferson Lerma will need last-minute fitness tests.
AFC Bournemouth's Last 5 Matches
29/10/2022AFC Bournemouth2Tottenham Hotspur3Premier League
05/11/2022Leeds United4AFC Bournemouth3Premier League
08/12/2022AFC Bournemouth4Everton1EFL Cup
12/11/2022AFC Bournemouth3Everton0Premier League
20/12/2022Newcastle United1AFC Bournemouth0EFL Cup
Chelsea vs. AFC Bournemouth: Odds and Predictions
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