Chelsea put in a professional performance in the FA Cup at the weekend, with a Michy Batshuayi brace driving them towards a 3-0 victory against Newcastle. This will raise spirits slightly after their midweek League Cup exit, but now their attentions turn back to the Premier League.
The Blues’ last outing in the league was their 4-0 thrashing of Brighton last weekend, with that extending their unbeaten run to eight games in the Premier League and keeping them within three points of 2nd placed Manchester United. It’s not been all plain sailing for the reigning champions though, and they know they need to up their game to keep the pressure on Manchester United.
Fortunately for Antonio Conte’s men, they have been very good at home this season, at least since their early blips. They are unbeaten in eight home league games and have won seven of them, scoring an impressive 17 goals in the process.
Bournemouth, worryingly, have returned to their defensively fragile state over the last month or so. They played out a 1-1 draw at West Ham last weekend, with that following on from a 3-0 humiliation at the hands of League One Wigan in their FA Cup 3rd Round Replay.
Overall, The Cherries have conceded 13 goals in their last seven competitive matches, and away from home that tally worsens to 12 in their last five in all competitions. In fact, on the road Bournemouth haven’t won since November, losing four and drawing four of their eight games since then.
The visitors’ defensive frailties have resulted in some pretty high scoring games, with four of their last five on the road seeing at least three goals. Considering Chelsea’s recent scoring record, backing a Chelsea Win and Over 2.5 Goals looks a good choice alongside a 3-1 correct score predictions. We’re also opting for a Draw/Chelsea Half-time/Full-time result, due to the fact that seven out of 12 of Chelsea and Bournemouth’s respective home and away games this season have been level at the break.
Eden Hazard is looking the most dangerous player for Chelsea at the moment. The Belgian winger has scored three in his last three league games to take his tally to eight for the season, and with him scoring five goals in his last four games against Bournemouth, we think backing him to make it nine looks a good choice.