PMB: Bournemouth v Chelsea - talking points

Our final game played in British Summer Time 2017 takes the Blues to the coast. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look south-west…  


The forecast is for unseasonal warmth by the seaside on Saturday, but Chelsea will be playing it cool. The champions’ only previous kick-off this season in this time slot was the chastening home defeat by league leaders Manchester City. This match, the first on the road since the surprise setback at Crystal Palace, follows three successive home games, each in a different competition.

After this weekend the Blues will have played all three current occupants of the relegation slots in successive domestic fixtures. Only Palace have been in worse form over the past 10 Premier League matches than this weekend’s hosts, Bournemouth, who are ranked 18th best on home soil.

There is no room for complacency, as the Eagles proved. That loss in London SE25 ended a run of six successive away wins in all competitions for Antonio Conte’s men. Despite that the Blues should be confident, having the third best record on the road behind Manchester City and Tottenham.