Time to take advantage of the situation!
Chelsea are 4th in the league 4 points behind Spurs and level with Arsenal at the moment who played yesterday. United dropped points against Burnley and so its a great chance to go 5 clear from them and within 1 of Spurs. Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the previous fixtures thanks to goals from Pedro and Hazard in the second half. Chelsea’s last league game came in the form of our defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. Bournemouth are 12th but had not won a league game since December until they beat West Ham in the last game week. With Wilson a serious doubt this could be Chelsea’s chance to take advantage of the situation.
Pre-match Sarri answered the standard questions. CHO’s situation was clarified as Sarri stated that the board have told him that he will be staying until the summer at least. Sarri stated that he was very happy with his team’s mentality in recent games and that he wanted more consistency when it came to that mentality. Sarri was asked whether he wanted another midfielder before the window closed to which he replied that he does want one but if a player did not come in he would work with what he has and it wouldn’t be a problem. Asked whether that option was Ampadu, Sarri replied that Ampadu was not great in that position against Sheffield and he would prefer playing Kovacic there. In all likelihood Chelsea don’t want to sign another midfielder as they look to put confidence in Ampadu, RLC, and Mount and so Kovacic should be Jorginho’s back up for the rest of the season with Ampadu standing in for Kante when called upon. Sarri also stated that he was proud that Chelsea are now only the second team in Europe that are in all competitions at the moment and that is a great thing. Asked about Higuain denying the penalty, Sarri stated that he was surprised but it also showed that Higuain was a team player. Higuain also came out on social media with a reply that more or less stated that he did not want to open his Chelsea account with a penalty but rather a goal that he had worked for. Bournemouth should make life difficult for Chelsea as it is a tough place to go to but Chelsea tend to do well against them bar last season.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea have a full squad to select from with RLC returning to full fitness. The usual starting XI should return to the squad. Emerson should start ahead of Alonso, the midfield should consist of Jorginho, Kante and RLC with Hazard, Higuain and Pedro starting upfront. I would prefer if CHO was given the nod ahead of Pedro but that might not happen.
Bournemouth Team Preview
Solanke remains out with Wilson a doubt for the game other than that Bournemouth have a full squad to select from. They should line up like they did against other possession based teams like City, and Liverpool.
Starting XI Prediction
A tough game but it is vital Chelsea win it to boost their chances for a top four place. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!