Kick-off: 1945, 30/01/2019
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
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What Trueform says for Bournemouth vs Chelsea
Chelsea should be in good heart following a couple of nice cup victories and are now fancied to edge out Bournemouth in the Premier League.
The Cherries can boast six top-flight home wins this season but have had their limitations exposed by losing to Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United here.
Eddie Howe’s side have only failed to find the back of the net in two of 16 home games, though, so 2/1 for the Blues to prevail and both teams to score is a solid Bournemouth vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth enjoyed a welcome boost when beating West Ham 2-0 at Vitality Stadium, having picked up only seven points from their previous 12 league games, as well as falling at the first hurdle in the FA Cup.
Callum Wilson returned from a hamstring injury to fire the Cherries ahead with a stunning strike on 53 minutes and Josh King wrapped up the victory in stoppage time.
Howe beamed: “It’s a real reward for the players’ mindsets during this difficult run we’ve had. It’s been incredibly hard but they’ve not let their heads drop and they’ve trained well.”
The head coach added: “Callum is very much a team player. He’s a vital part of what we do here and he knew how important the game was for us as a group. He delivered a very good display.”
Wilson was linked with a big-money move to Stamford Bridge earlier on in the transfer window and may want to show the Blues what they missed out on.
Looking at the Bournemouth vs Chelsea odds, the England forward is fairly priced at 2/1 to net at anytime and add to his 10 Premier League goals this term.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Boruc, Cook, Ake, Smith, Clyne, Gosling, Lerma, Brooks, Fraser, Wilson, King.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea passed on Wilson in preference for landing Gonzalo Higuain on loan and the experienced Argentina striker made his debut in Sunday’s smooth 3-0 FA Cup triumph over Sheffield Wednesday.
That followed an EFL Cup semi-final success against Tottenham, with the Blues advancing via a penalty shoot-out after prevailing 2-1 in normal time in that second leg.
Maurizio Sarri felt his side played as though they were enjoying themselves again, having previously looked lethargic in a 2-0 loss at Arsenal.
Marcos Alonso told the club website: “We’ve always trained hard, we always go onto the pitch trying to give 100 per cent and win the games.
“Sometimes we struggle, but we have to go all together towards a clear target and keep working hard.”
This will be a good test of their resolve on the road, but the Blues are backed to oblige 2-1 at 15/2 in our Bournemouth vs Chelsea betting tips.
That was the scoreline when Arsenal and Manchester United visited Vitality Stadium in November.
Last Chelsea EPL line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Pedro.
BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 West Ham – Callum Wilson, Josh King
CHELSEA 3-0 Sheff Wed – Willian (2), Callum Hudson-Odoi
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth, Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth, Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth, Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea
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