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STAR PREVIEW: Bournemouth v Chelsea

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]helsea have bounced back after defeats against Man City and inexplicably Crystal Palace and whilst hardly a crisis the champions are under pressure by the simple fact that Man City are just one draw away from having the perfect 10 from 10 record in the Premier League.

Bournemouth were hot favourites to be immediately relegated after winning promotion in 2015 but have defied their critics and beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in their first season in the top flight.

Eddie Howe’s side though are looking very vulnerable at the moment with just two wins this season against Brighton and Stoke. They are remaining competitive in their games but simply not notching up enough points, a fact not lost on Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte who said: “Their position in the table is not right. They played very well in a lot of games but sometimes they were very unlucky.”

Bournemouth will be boosted by the expected return of Jermain Defoe who has missed their last two league and cup games with a hamstring injury. The same problem will see N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses miss the match for Chelsea.

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Premier League
17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Apr 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
Dec 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth
Apr 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea
Dec 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
Oct 1994 LEAGUE CUP Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea
Sep 1994 LEAGUE CUP Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth
Mar 1989 DIV 2 (OLD) Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
Sep 1988 DIV 2 (OLD) Bournemouth 1-0 Chelsea

Chelsea to be winning at both half-time and full-time at around 13/8 with Star Sports looks fair enough value. Even Chelsea for the win is a bigger price than I would have expected. They are the champions after all and I’m not expecting them to turn a recent drama into a crisis.


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