Chelsea go into this afternoon’s game on the back of securing Champions League progress during the week. The Blues have suffered a slump in form with regards to league action of late, losing three of their last four. The visit of Bournemouth (kick off 3.00pm GMT) gives Frank Lampard a chance to get his side back to winning ways ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.
Goalkeeper and Defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga is once again likely to start, he wasn’t truly tested against Lille last Tuesday, but the opportunity of a confidence boosting clean sheet was ended by a late Loic Remy goal for the visitors.
Fikayo Tomori penned a new long-term deal yesterday. However, the 21-year-old remains on the sidelines with a hip injury. Antonio Rudiger returned to action midweek, partnering Kurt Zouma in the centre of defence. Both performed well and there’s no reason they won’t both start against the Cherries. Reece James is my pick at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta once again switching to the left-back role ahead of Emerson Palmieri.
Lampard could be tempted to give N’Golo Kante, or Mateo Kovacic a rest, in favour of Mason Mount playing an attacking role. However, both are in top form, so I suspect the Chelsea boss will take the option to stick with a three man midfield of Kante, Kovacic, and Jorginho.
Wingers and Striker
Christian Pulisic was a handful again for the visitors defence on Tuesday evening. The American should continue on the left-wing, with Willian yet again on the right. Callum Hudson-Odoi is struggling a little at the moment, but should get an opportunity soon. A good cameo performance could see him make the starting XI in the coming weeks.
Tammy Abraham netted his 13th-goal of the season against Lille. The 22-year-old looks to be getting better as time goes by. At the end of the day, he scores goals, is a proper poacher, and comfortably Chelsea’s first-choice striker.
Comment your thoughts below. What team would you pick for today’s clash?