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​English Premier League - Chelsea VS AFC Bournemouth Prediction

​English Premier League - Chelsea VS AFC Bournemouth Prediction
English Premier League
- Chelsea VS AFC Bournemouth
Match Time: 19-05-2024 23:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
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Chelsea - LDWWWW
Mauricio Pochettino has new roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of his side’s latest fixture. Against Bournemouth on Sunday, the Chelsea manager will be bereft of the services of six first-team players.

Reece James is the latest absentee, with the Chelsea captain serving a suspension after seeing red against Brighton & Hove Albion. In addition, Mykhailo Mudryk is unavailable after Tariq Lamptey’s elbow collided with his jaw.

The duo has joined without Robert Sanchez (unspecified), Wesley Fofana (knee), Romeo Lavia (thigh), and Enzo Fernandez (groin) on the sidelines. Meanwhile, there is some positive update, with Ben Chilwell closing in on returning to action.

The Englishman will unlikely be fit enough to start, with Marc Cucurella retaining his spot on the left flank. Cucurella will accompany Malo Gusto, Trevoh Chalobah, and Thiago Silva in the backline, with the latter playing his final game for Chelsea. Djordje Petrovic is an automatic pick between the sticks.

As for the midfield unit, Moises Caicedo and Conor Gallagher will pair up in the double pivot, while Cole Palmer will reprise the no. 10 role. Mudryk’s absence means Raheem Sterling and Noni Madueke will be the two wide attackers. Finally, Nicolas Jackson will lead the line for Chelsea against Bournemouth.

Bournemouth - DLWWLL
Unlike his counterpart in the Chelsea dugout, Andoni Iraola has greeted positive updates on the team news front ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge. The Bournemouth manager might be without only two first-team players.

Milos Kerkez is available after serving a suspension. In addition, Chris Mepham (illness) and Romain Favre (ankle) face late fitness tests to determine their availability. However, Ryan Fredericks (calf) and Luis Sinisterra (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Neto will take his spot between the sticks, with Bournemouth lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in front of him against Chelsea. The backline should feature Adam Smith, Illia Zabarnyi, Marcos Senesi, and Lloyd Kelly.

As for the midfield unit, there is no looking past Ryan Christie and Lewis Cook in the double pivot. Justin Kluivert will reprise the no. 10 role, with Antoine Semenyo and Dango Ouattara being the two wide attackers. Finally, Dominic Solanke will spearhead the Bournemouth attack on Sunday.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Petrovic; Gusto, Chalobah, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Gallagher; Madueke, Palmer, Sterling; Jackson

Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Neto; Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly; Christie, Cook; Semenyo, Kluivert, Ouatarra; Solanke

Chelsea VS AFC Bournemouth Head to Head
*Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (W2 D2). However, three of Bournemouth’s four top-flight wins against the Blues have come at Stamford Bridge.
*Since Bournemouth’s debut Premier League campaign in 2015/16, only Manchester City and Liverpool have won more away games against Chelsea in the top flight.
*Chelsea can win five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2022 under Thomas Tuchel.
*Bournemouth have finished all seven of their Premier League campaigns with an away fixture, winning two and losing three of the previous six.
*Andoni Iraola’s men have earned just two points from a possible 33 against teams currently in the top six (D2 L9).
*Cole Palmer has scored 16 of his 22 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge this season, equalling Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard’s home scoring record at the club.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth
Neither side could be separated when they played out a goalless stalemate in the reverse fixture earlier this season and another closely-fought contest could be in store on Sunday, although Chelsea will be regarded as favourites. Bournemouth have the credentials to cause the Blues a few problems going forward, but Pochettino's side have looked strong on home soil in recent weeks and we believe they will find a way to come out on top.
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