Bournemouth's last 2 defeats on-road PL matches against Sheffield Utd by 2-1 and Burnley by 3-0 has pushed the hosts to be only 2 pts away from the relegation zone. But still, the main fight and goal for this season remain the same. Avoiding to be relegated under current circumstances would be a bonus of their achievement. Overall, Bournemouth is playing so badly. Only 2 PL wins on the last 10 matches, both at home. Road games are pure struggling, looking through defensive weaknesses. An additional problem is the fact missing players like Brooks, Daniels, Groeneveld, Mepham, Kelly and doubtful Lerma. Eddie Howe eventual starting line-up could be:
Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Cook, Smith, Billing, Surman, Gosling, King, Wilson, Wilson.
Chelsea's playing schedule looks crazy at this period. The Blues have been defeated on Stamford Bridge by 0-3 in CL knock-out match against Bayern Munchen. The level of self-confidence should be dropped as The Blues are losing 2 out of the last 3 derby matches. Additionally, visitors are missing key players like Kante, Ginkel, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic and both doubtful Abraham and Loftus-Cheek. Frank Lampard is forced to make a mix of the squad, a change that can overcome the atmosphere of the team. Eventual starting line-up could be:
Caballero, James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, William.
One thing that gives the power of this clash is the change to overcome the current situation. Also, after losing the 1st H2H in London, The Blues are desperately waiting for revenge. But, looking through the segments of the clubs and the straight and weakness, the best bet here could be trying on goals.
Both sides will start offensively, playing under 4-3-3 formation. There is no consistency in their defenses, the missings also will help to spread the number of goal-scoring chances which means more defensive problems. Hosts with top 3 top scorers up-front, visitors with the decision of keeping Kepa on the bench due to bad performances is an advantage for Bournemouth. From the other side, the previous H2H defeat could be the pressure for the visitors to push more and harder in order to win the match against the relatively weak opponent.
From that point of view, I see the eventual goal-goal clash, a lot of scoring chances and very possible overish outcome of the match.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals
Bookmaker: ➾ Pinnacle
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