Chelsea takes on Bournemouth at home as Maurizio Sarri’s Blues try to maintain their 100% win record by making it 4 wins out of four games. Bournemouth will be looking to capitalize on their recent form, the Cherries are unbeaten in the first three games this Season, only dropping points against Everton in a 2-2 Draw. Eddie Howe will be hoping his team can replicate their performance against the Blues in a 3-0 win back in January.
Getting ready for Bournemouth… 💪 pic.twitter.com/tGJ5DFhSlw
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Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is still out with a Knee injury for the fourth consecutive game, Maurizio Sarri has said that the injury is not a serious one. But Sarri still has plenty of options in Midfield with Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater in contention to start alongside N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. The rest of the team should remain unchanged, Gary Cahill should be seriously considered by Sarri considering the Englishman has announced his retirement from International Football to concentrate on his Chelsea Career.
Predicted XI: Arizzabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Koavcic, Pedro, Morata, Hazard
Bournemouth- Summer signing Diego Rico is available for selection for the first time after he served out a Suspension. Eddie Howe has kept a few things under the wraps, the Bournemouth boss has said he needs to assess a few knocks after Bournemouth outclassed MK Dons 3-0. Junior Stanislas remains a long-term absentee for the Cherries with a Knee Injury. Former Chelsea Players Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake will be returning to Stamford Bridge.
Predicted XI: Begovic, A. Smith, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels, Brooks, Surman, Gosling, Fraser, Wilson, King
Chelsea- Eden Hazard
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Hazard has 2 assists and a Goal from the first three games and he’s only played the full 90 Minutes once. Hazard is now the third highest goalscorer at the Club and will be looking to add to that now.
Bournemouth- Callum Wilson
No player has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League this season than Callum Wilson (3):
⚽ 2 goals
🅰️ 1 assist pic.twitter.com/Vs5bTAvEMN
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Wilson has hit the Ground running for Bournemouth this Season. The Striker has scored two and assisted one in the opening three games. To everyone’s surprise, Gareth Southgate didn’t include the Englishman in his latest squad.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth
The Blues seem to improve every game and are effectively implementing Sarri’s tactics so keeping possession and scoring a couple of goals shouldn’t be a problem. Chelsea is looking vulnerable in defence especially with David Luiz not doing well in 1 vs 1 situations.