Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Bournemouth vs Chelsea

Prediction: Chelsea to win 2-1

Best Odds: 7/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Bournemouth and Chelsea will lock horns with each other in the Premier League this coming weekend. The match between Andoni Iraola’s side and Mauricio Pochettino’s team will be held at the Vitality Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 2pm UK time on Sunday.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth did extremely well in the final weeks and months of last season to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The Cherries did look certain to end up in the bottom three, but then head coach Gary O’Neil did superbly to steer the side out of trouble. Bournemouth ended up as high as 15th in the table.

Gary O’Neil is no longer the manager of Bournemouth. He is now in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Andoni Iraola is the manager of Bournemouth at the moment, and the former Spain international right-back is doing relatively well. Bournemouth are 16th in the Premier League table now with two points from four matches, just a point above the bottom three.

Bournemouth kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw with West Ham United at home. Then followed a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and a 2-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in front of their own fans. After beating Swansea City 3-2 in Wales in the EFL CUP Second Round South tie, the Cherries played out a 2-2 draw with Brentford in London in the Premier League just before the international break.

Team News:

Bournemouth are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Chelsea. Neto will be in goal for the Cherries. Max Aarons and Milos Kerkez will be the two full-backs and will have Illia Zabarnyi and Marcos Senesi as the two centre-backs. Ryan Christie and Lewis Cook will be the two sitting midfielders. Dominic Solanke will lead the line for the Cherries and will have Justin Kluivert, Philip Billing and Antoine Semenyo behind him in attacking midfield.

Chelsea

Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world and are a global brand, but things have not been great at the London club for a while now. The Blues were hugely disappointing last season and could not even end up in the top half of the Premier League table. Under head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea are expected to embark on a new era of prosperity, but things are proving to be more tricky than the fans would have expected.

The Blues are 12th in the Premier League table at the moment with four points from four matches. Chelsea are three points above the relegation zone and are six points behind London rivals West Ham United in fourth. Defending champions and current league leaders Manchester City are already eight points ahead of Chelsea.

Chelsea kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London. Then came a 3-1 loss to West Ham United at London Stadium and a 3-0 victory over Luton Town at Stamford Bridge in the league. Chelsea followed that up with a 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon at home in EFL Cup Second Round South tie and lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at home in the Premier League just before the international break.

Team News:

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino is likely to deploy a 3-4-2-1 formation against Bournemouth. Roberto Sanchez, who joined the Blues in the summer transfer window, will be in goal. Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill and Thiago Silva will be the three defenders. Maio Gusto and Ben Chilwell will be the two wing-backs.  Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez will be the two sitting midfielders. Conor Gallagher and Raheem Sterling will be the two attacking midfielders and will have Nicolas Jackson as the striker upfront.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Bournemouth have scored 4 goals in 4 Premier League matches this season.
  • Bournemouth have conceded 8 goals in 4 Premier League matches this season.
  • Chelsea have scored 5 goals in 4 Premier League games this campaign.
  • Chelsea have conceded 5 goals in 4 Premier League games this campaign.
  • Dominic Solanke has scored 2 goals and given 1 assist in 4 Premier League matches for Bournemouth this season.

Conclusion

While Bournemouth are the home team and will be determined to put on a good show, it is hard to see anything but a win for Chelsea. True, the former Premier League and UEFA Champions League winners have not been great so far this season, but they do have the better team and the better players. It is very likely that the Blues will pick up all three points from the match at the Vitality Stadium.

Prediction: Chelsea to win 2-1

Best Odds: 7/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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