Preview: Bournemouth v Chelsea

Chelsea will want to make sure their Premier League title charge remains on track when they visit Bournemouth on Saturday.

Premier League
8 April 2017
Gameweek 32
Kick-off: 18H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Vitality Stadium

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: S Beck, S Ledger
Fourth official: G Scott

Head-to-head summary:

Bournemouth 3 1 0 2
Chelsea 3 2 0 1

Previous encounter:

Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth 26 December 2016 (Premier League)

Chelsea goalscorers: Pedro (24′), E. Hazard (pen 49′), S. Cook (og 90’+3)

Players to watch:

With 12 league goals to his name including a recent hat trick against West Ham United and a late equaliser against Liverpool, Joshua King is finally realising his potential as a top flight forward. He should be full of confidence against Chelsea.

Eden Hazard is once again a man on fire for Chelsea. After his brace sealed the points in the recent league win over Manchester City, the Belgium international has now taken his tally up to 13 goals this season. Expect some fireworks from the fleet-footed winger on Saturday.

Team form and manager quotes:

Bournemouth have enjoyed a good run of form in the Premier League recently, going five games unbeaten. However, they drew their last two games against Southampton and Liverpool.

Speaking to the press ahead of the clash with the Blues, Cherries manager Eddie Howe said: “The point at Anfield was a huge moment for us. We believe we can get points against any team.”

Chelsea suffered a surprise defeat at home at the hands of Crystal Palace last week, when they were beaten 2-1, but they bounced back immediately on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Manchester City.

The Blues have only lost once in their last 10 Premier League fixtures and beat Bournemouth 3-0 in their previous meeting this season.

Ahead of the tie, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has quashed reports linking him with a move elsewhere, told the press: “We’re fighting for the title and we want to achieve this goal, then we’ll try to build something important together.”

Team news:

The Cherries will be without defender Tyrone Mings, who serves the final match of his suspension, while Andrew Surman is injured and Dan Gosling is doubtful with a knee injury.

Chelsea may still be without the services of wing-back Victor Moses, but otherwise they have a full-strength squad for the clash.