As we move to Gameweek 28 with 11 more matches left in the season, the club travels to Bournemouth to face Eddie Howe and his men who are on course to complete a historical league double over Chelsea, if they manage to win the tie. Bournemouth have been a thorn in Chelsea’s side winning three out of the last four fixtures, with their last victory at Dean Court ending in a very shocking 0-4 defeat to the visitors. Supporters will not forget the 0-1 loss at the Bridge earlier in the season which was indeed quite sour. After a loss to Bayern Munich mid-week, the club is looking for revenge against Eddie Howe’s side. Frank Lampard will not want another setback for Chelsea this season, as his ambitions remain high in spite of the many odds stacked against him and Chelsea
All is not doom and gloom. Chelsea have been good in their travels winning 7 of their last 12 fixtures, and have scored more than 60% of their goals this season away from Stamford Bridge. Bournemouth’s defence has only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last 16 games, and Chelsea will be looking to exploit a rather weak defence at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow. A statistic to keep in mind for tomorrow’s fixture will be Bournemouth’s efficiency in set pieces. The cherries have managed to score 7 of their last 12 goals from set pieces, which has been an area of concern for Chelsea all season long. Frank Lampard will have to play his cards right to secure a victory and keep the club in the race for the Champions League spots.
Team News and Injuries
Jefferson Lerma and Nathan Ake will be looking to make their potential returns to the starting XI for tomorrow’s game. Quoting Eddie Howe, “Jefferson is similar, he had a slight back injury but has come through a few days training.” Nathan Ake has also trained this week according to Eddie Howe, who feels he will be ready for selection tomorrow after picking up a minor head injury. Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly and David Brooks will not be available for selection as they suffer long term injuries.
Frank Lampard will travel to Bournemouth without his two young wingers, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson Odoi, who have both been ruled out. Speaking to the press about Christian’s injury, Frank Lampard quoted the following, “Christian is still not fit. I can’t give you an exact date. It’s a difficult injury and we’re working on that”. Both Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante are out with Adductor injuries, and the boss has not given an exact return date for either player. Also missing tomorrow’s game is striker Tammy Abraham who is nursing an injured ankle he aggravated mid week against Bayern Munich during warm down. Callum Hudson Odoi’s hamstring injury is being taken very seriously by the club, as they do not want to risk more players making their way to the Physio table anytime soon. The good news is that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be available for selection tomorrow.
Strained with injuries to key players, Frank Lampard’s squad has become thin during a very crucial time in the top four race, and he must play his cards right in order to keep the competition at bay. As always, I predict Chelsea to win at the Vitality stadium. I expect the squad to come out fully motivated, ready to lead the charge against a very weak Bournemouth defence, and look to set aside all previous results against the Cherries. Ruben Loftus-Cheek may be the trump card that Frank Lampard needs to secure the victory and keep our hopes alive for European Football and other ambitions.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea
Kick off – 3:00 PM UK Time
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