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Chelsea vs Bournemouth.

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Chelsea 0

    Bournemouth 1

    • D Gosling (84th minute)

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    Friday 13 December 2019 16:42, UK

    Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea
    Image: Fikayo Tomori will miss out for Chelsea this weekend

    Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

    Team news

    Chelsea will be without Fikayo Tomori as they host Bournemouth, with the defender not yet recovered from a hip strain. The 21-year-old signed a new five-year deal with the club earlier in the week.

    Antonio Rudiger returned to the side against Lille in midweek and could be included again on Saturday, although Olivier Giroud did miss the Champions League win. Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to be sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury.

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    Bournemouth's injury woes continue, with Eddie Howe confirming that Nathan Ake faces a few weeks out with a hamstring injury picked up in last weekend's 3-0 loss to Liverpool. However, Callum Wilson could feature after also coming off in the same game.

    Josh King also has a chance of being fit, but Steve Cook, Adam Smith, David Brookes, Lloyd Kelly and Charlie Daniels remain out.

    How to follow

    Bournemouth's English manager Eddie Howe waits for kick off of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on December 7, 2019 1:45
    Eddie Howe was bullish when asked about Bournemouth’s poor run that has left them one point above the Premier League relegation zone

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    • Chelsea have alternated between defeat and victory in their four Premier League home games against Bournemouth, winning this exact fixture 2-0 last season.
    • Since Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League in 2015, only Liverpool (3) have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the competition more often than the Cherries (2).
    • None of the 15 meetings between Chelsea and Bournemouth in all competitions have ended in a draw, with the Blues winning 11 of those.
    • Chelsea have lost three of their last four Premier League games (W1) - as many as they had in their previous 20 in the competition (W12 D5 L3).
    • Bournemouth have lost their last five Premier League games - they last had a longer run of consecutive league defeats in September 1994 (a run of seven).
    • Bournemouth have lost each of their last six Premier League games in London, conceding 20 goals in the process. In total they've won just six of their 24 top-flight games in the capital (D3 L15), with 33% of these victories coming at Chelsea.
    • Chelsea have lost two of their eight Premier League home games this season (W4 D2), more than they did in the whole of 2018-19 under Maurizio Sarri (W12 D6 L1).
    • Only Manchester City (337) have had more shots than Chelsea in the Premier League this season (274). The Blues' average of 17.1 shots per game is their highest in a single campaign since 2013-14 (18.2).

    Charlie Nicholas' prediction

     Chelsea FC Head Coach Frank Lampard (R) hugs Willian da Silva of Chelsea (L) after winning Lile during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge on December 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. 2:04
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    This scoreline is going to be unpredictable to work out. This is where Jeff Stelling will be sitting smug for his £250,000. Bournemouth don't score goals now - they are better defensively but are not getting the points. Chelsea got through to the knockout stages of the Champions League so they will be full of confidence.

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    Willian has been different class as much as the youngsters have excelled. I do see a comfortable Chelsea win. I don't know how Bournemouth will park up in this one. They used to come and play but I don't think they will do that, so this is a hard one to call.

    CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (14/1 with Sky Bet)

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