Chelsea are desperate to return to winning ways when they take on Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.
The Blues are without a win in their last 5 league games since a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa in October, leaving them in 9th place.
Bournemouth on the other hand snapped a four-game losing streak to beat Everton 3-0 before the World Cup break to bring them up to 14th place.
Eight points separate Chelsea from a place in the top four of the Premier League table, but they are only two clear of a potential place in the bottom half.
The Cherries have suffered three consecutive defeats away from home in the top flight and are winless in five on rival turf ahead of this clash.
However, Bournemouth are unbeaten in three Premier League games with Chelsea – winning two and drawing one between 2019 and 2020.
Bournemouth have the worst defensive record in the league this season, conceding 32 goals in 15 games but have outscored the Blues 18-17.
It’s a long road back for Graham Potter’s side as even a win will see them just go up one spot into 8th place but it will be key for their morale.
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What time does Chelsea vs Bournemouth start?
The game kicks off at 8:30pm Kenyan time at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth team news
Hakim Ziyech and Matteo Kovacic are set to miss out as they recover from the World Cup but the return of Reece James is set to boost the hosts.
Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all remain sidelined and are joined by Armando Broja after his season-ending injury.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will lead the attacking line for the Blues, supported by English duo of Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling.
For the visitors, Ben Pearson, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks are all absent after falling ill due to a virus.
Philip Billing and Dominic Solanke are raring to start and will be the focal point of the Cherries attack.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth head to head
The two teams have locked horns 17 times across competitions, including their first meeting in 1988 and Chelsea have won 11 times.
Bournemouth have come out on top on 5 occasions, while only one game has ended in a draw.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth current form
The Blues have only won once in their last 5 games, losing their last 4 games – their worst run under their new manager.
While, Bournemouth have lost three times and won twice in that run – two back to back victories against Everton.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth prediction
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in five of the Blues’ last six league games but this one is expected to produce goals from the home team, who are tipped to bag all 3 points.