Chelsea will entertain Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday (December 27) as Premier League action resumes following the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The hosts have struggled recently and are winless in their last five games, losing their last three and not scoring in their last two. They’re coming off a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, returned to winning ways in the league with an impressive 3-0 win over Everton at home. Marcus Tavernier, Kieffer Moore and Jaidon Anthony helped them to their first league win since October.
The visitors, though, are coming off a 1-0 defeat in the EFL Championship Round of 16 against Newcastle United.
The hosts are winless in their last five league games. In their only friendly of the international break, the Blues lost 1-0 to Aston Villa. However, given their dominance against the Cherries, a defeat seems unlikely.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last three meetings with the Blues. They have won just once on their travels this season but have scored nine goals in their last five games, which could come in handy. A high-scoring draw can be expected.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Bournemouth
This match will start from 11:00 pm
This match will take place on 27 December, 2022
As if Chelsea were not already starved of attacking guile, the Blues lost Armando Broja to a season-ending ACL injury during their friendly with Aston Villa, and he will be one of at least seven guaranteed absentees for the Blues on Tuesday.
Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic will be given more time to recover after the World Cup, while Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also in the treatment room.
Bournemouth boss O’Neil has also been working with a ravaged squad for different reasons, as between eight and 10 players fell victim to a virus before the meeting with Newcastle, including Ben Pearson, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks.
O’Neil was still able to call upon a good chunk of his settled first XI at St James’ Park, although Neto and David Brooks are out until the New Year, while Jefferson Lerma, Lloyd Kelly and Marcus Tavernier will all need last-minute fitness tests.
Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Jorginho, Gallagher, Cucurella; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling
Travers; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Zemura; Christie, Cook, Lerma, Anthony; Billing, Solanke
Tip 1: Result – Draw
Tip 2: Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5
Tip 3: Chelsea to score first – Yes
Tip 4: At least one goal to be scored in the second half
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Chelsea win with a probability of 76.21%. A draw has a probability of 15.3% and a win for Bournemouth has a probability of 8.53%.
The most likely scoreline for a Chelsea win is 2-0 with a probability of 12.77%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 3-0 (10.53%) and 1-0 (10.32%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (7.25%), while for a Bournemouth win it is 0-1 (2.93%).
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Chelsea vs Bournemouth a great match to watch, We say: Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth
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