Date: Sunday 17th Sept 2023
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Kick-off: 14::00 BST
I used to look forward to games after an international break. I’d like to look forward to them again really but I’m feeling a bit uninspired so far this season. Yes, we’re in transition, new manager, new owners, new players, etc., and the injuries that have blighted us for years just keep on coming, but it all wears thin when you repeat it every week.
Anyway, today sees us travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth, who sit 16th at this early stage of the season, with 2 points from their first four games. Their last game ended in a draw against Brentford, which is a decent result against a tough side. As for us, well we didn’t fare so well against Forest in our last game before the break and after yesterday’s fixtures, we’re sat in 14th place, with just the 4 points from our 4 games so far.
Neither of us setting the Premier League alight, both need a win, let’s see who wants it more.
Going into today’s game, Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola, says “He (Pochettino) was a very good player playing for Espanyol, for PSG. When he was coaching Espanyol, I also played against them. He has been really successful as a coach in different teams. Tottenham, PSG and now he has another challenge with a very good squad. But this is the Premier League. Every week you’re facing top level players, top level coaches and now it’s our turn at home and we want to give them a really tough game.”
Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, says “If you watch the Forest game, they won and deserved it. But the way that we concede the goal… a team that is going to be involved in European competitions or play to win the Premier League, we cannot concede this type of goal. We need to be more aggressive in this type of situation.
(I was) really naughty, the worst. I was the most competitive but without the quality that we have in this team. They are much better than me about quality but here (taps head) I was stronger than them. I need to translate this idea. It’s a joke, always we joke about that. Always with the coaches we think we are better than everyone. That comes with time. The perfection only arrives when you have time, the players know each other and confidence and trust is high and the level of competition is really high. We need to set principles on how we play from the back and press, the evolution of the system. The dynamic of playing with two defenders or three, how many in the middle and how we’re going to attack in the right areas.”
For Bournemouth, new signing Alex Scott (knee) isn’t ready for his debut, whilst Ryan Fredericks (calf) and Emiliano Marcondes (foot) also miss out. Tyler Adams is unlikely to be ready for today’s game but Adam Smith and Marcus Tavernier have returned to full fitness.
For Chelsea, Christopher Nkunku (knee) is a long-term absentee. Carney Chukwuemeka, Marcus Bettinelli, Armando Broja and Wesley Fofana (all knee) all remain out, along with Romeo Lavia (ankle) who appears to have no luck. The game also comes too soon for Benoit Badiashile (thigh), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh), and Reece James (hamstring).
BOURNEMOUTH (Possible line-up): Neto; Aarons, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez; Christie, Cook; Brooks, Billing, Tavernier; Solanke
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gusto, Fernandez, Caicedo, Chilwell; Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson
CURRENT FORM (PL)
Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea (6th May 2023)
- Bournemouth have lost four of their six Premier League home games against.
- Chelsea did the double over Bournemouth last season.
- Bournemouth have only taken two points from eight Premier League games since April.
- Bournemouth have not gone five league fixtures without a win from the beginning of a season since 2008-09.
- Chelsea have lost their last three away games in the Premier League.
- Chelsea haven’t had four top-flight away defeats in a row since December 2000.
- Chelsea can lose both of their opening two away fixtures of a league season for the first time since 1990.
Sportsmole: Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea