Bournemouth v Chelsea Prediction – Cherries to Surprise with Score Draw Blues
Updated: 1st March 2024
EPL Preview: Bournemouth v Chelsea Prediction – Dean Court – 8 April, 2017 – 17:30 hrs
Best Bournemouth Odds: Betfair Sports 6/1
Best Chelsea Odds: WilliamHill 8/13
Biggest Draw Odds: Unibet 13/4
Chelsea now head the Premier League table with 65 points, seven clear off their immediate challenger, Tottenham Hotspur. Their 2-1 win over Manchester City in a mid-week clash takes them one more step closer to title glory. Antonio Conte's men now head for Dean Court to take on 14th placed Bournemouth. Eddie Howe's men are having their best run in the 2016-17 season, not having lost a single of their last five games. They have held top-half teams like Manchester United, Southampton and Liverpool to draws in this fruitful spell. They have found the back of the net on 8 occasions from these 5 outings with strikers Joshua King and Benik Afobe coming good.
Chelsea Player News
Chelsea, who bounced back from last week's 1-2 shock loss to Crystal Palace to beat Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday look likely to field the same starting XI for their coming encounter with Bournemouth. Antonio Conte will probably maintain his favourite 3-4-3 formation with his final XI looking like Coutois (goal); Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Pedro; Hazard, Costa, Willian;
Bournemouth Player News
On the other hand, Eddie Howe will opt for a 4-4-1-1 formation which could have a starting XI that looks like follows: Artur Boruc (goal); Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels; Jordon Ibe, Harry Arter, Jack Wilshere, Marc Pugh; Joshua King; Benik Afobe (striker);
This is just the second season in the Premier League for the Cherries starting 2015-16, in which time they have clashed with Chelsea thrice which comprises two defeats and one win. Eddie Howe's last trip to Stamford Bridge had resulted in a 0-3 loss, so it will be revenge time for the Cherries.
Chelsea are clear favourites for the Saturday clash, given their dominant progress in the Premier League this season. But Bournemouth could prove very determined opponents at home having beaten sides like Liverpool and Everton and holding Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to draws earlier in the season.
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