PMB: Chelsea v Bournemouth - talking points and numbers

January draws to a close with our third meeting with the Cherries this season. After a run of cup games, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton prepare for the return of Premier League action to the Bridge…



Unbeaten in eight Premier League outings, third-placed Chelsea entertain a Bournemouth side who have not kicked a ball in anger for 11 days, and have nine fewer matches under their belts than the Blues this season.

Antonio Conte’s men will be targeting a victory against the Dorset club that would bring the third league double of the season. 

Key stat

The champions have suffered just one defeat (at West Ham) in 16 Premier League matches.

Tonight will be the Blues’ 22nd match over 75 days since the international break in mid-November. With two games every week since then, the champions (and champion supporters) will finally be able to enjoy a free midweek following the forthcoming Watford trip.

Only after Newcastle (and a potential replay) had been seen off in the FA Cup could the match at Vicarage Road be confirmed as an 8pm kick-off on Monday 5 February. The next round’s tie is at home to Hull City and we are one of only 10 Premier League sides left in the competition.

Opta’s observations on our victory over the Geordies included the fact Chelsea are the first top-flight club to field two players (Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi) in a domestic match who were born in or after the year 2000. The Blues also closed the game with four home-nation players on the pitch for the first time since 8 January against Peterborough, also in the cup.

Hudson-Odoi became the latest teenager to make his bow for the Blues, taking up residence between the illustrious 1960s pair, John Hollins and Ron Harris, on the list of youngest starters. 

It is great company for the Under-17 World Cup-winner to keep – Holly and Chopper made 592 and 795 appearances respectively in long and stellar careers. Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, by the way, sits at number 39.

Chelsea’s 17-Year-Old Debutants
PlayerDebutBirth dateAge
1Ian Hamilton18-Mar-6731-Oct-5016y 138d
2Kingsley Whiffen09-May-6703-Dec-5016y 157d
3Tommy Langley09-Nov-7408-Feb-5816y 274d
4Michael Woods06-Jan-0706-Apr-9016y 275d
5John Sparrow13-Mar-7403-Jun-5716y 283d
6Mike Harrison13-Apr-5718-Apr-4016y 360d
7Ian Pearce11-May-9107-May-7417y 4d
8Ethan Ampadu20-Sep-1714-Sep-0017y 6d
9Brian Bason16-Sep-7203-Sep-5517y 13d
10Terry Venables06-Feb-6006-Jan-4317y 31d
11Dominic Solanke21-Oct-1414-Sep-9717y 37d
12Ray Wilkins26-Oct-7314-Sep-5617y 42d
13Jody Morris04-Feb-9622-Dec-7817y 44d
14Paul McMillan02-Sep-6713-Jul-5017y 51d
15John Hollins25-Sep-6316-Jul-4617y 71d
16Callum Hudson-Odoi28-Jan-1807-Nov-0017y 82d
17Ron Harris24-Feb-6213-Nov-4417y 103d
18Steve Francis06-Oct-8129-May-6417y 130d
19Peter Brabrook29-Mar-5508-Nov-3717y 141d
20Bobby Tambling07-Feb-5918-Sep-4117y 142d
21Ben Sahar06-Jan-0710-Aug-8917y 149d
22Andy Myers06-Apr-9103-Nov-7317y 154d
23Keith Jones26-Mar-8314-Oct-6517y 163d
24Joe Sheerin22-Apr-9708-Nov-7917y 166d
25Graham Wilkins26-Dec-7228-Jun-5517y 181d
26Jimmy Greaves24-Aug-5720-Feb-4017y 186d
27Bobby Smith04-Sep-5022-Feb-3317y 194d
28Joel Kitamirike18-Oct-0105-Apr-8417y 196d
29Josh McEachran15-Sep-1001-Mar-9317y 198d
30Alan Hudson01-Feb-6921-Jun-5117y 225d
31Michael Block11-Sep-5728-Jan-4017y 227d
32Les Fridge05-May-8627-Aug-6817y 251d
33Robert Huth11-May-0218-Aug-8417y 266d
34Sam Hutchinson13-May-0703-Aug-8917y 283d
35Barry Bridges07-Feb-5929-Apr-4117y 284d
36Scott Sinclair10-Jan-0725-Mar-8917y 291d
37Peter Osgood16-Dec-6420-Feb-4717y 299d
38Allan Harris24-Oct-6028-Dec-4217y 300d
39Nathan Ake26-Dec-1218-Feb-9517y 311d
40Mikael Forssell31-Jan-9915-Mar-8117y 322d
41John Terry28-Oct-9807-Dec-8017y 325d
42Dujon Sterling20-Sep-1724-Oct-9917y 331d
43Anthony Grant10-May-0504-Jun-8717y 341d
44Jeffrey Bruma24-Oct-0913-Nov-9117y 346d
45Peter Rhoades-Brown29-Dec-7902-Jan-6217y 361d
46Peter Houseman21-Dec-6324-Dec-4517y 362d
47Steven Hampshire15-Oct-9717-Oct-7917y 364d

Current squad members in bold.


While Chelsea host the Cherries tonight, Tottenham entertain Manchester United in one of 12 remaining fixtures involving the top six teams. Antonio Conte’s men must still travel to Manchester twice, and Spurs and Liverpool are yet to visit the Bridge.

The west Londoners are currently five points clear of Tottenham in fifth place, and only 11 points separate second from sixth, so navigating these head-to-heads may well determine who fills which European slots come 13 May. 

The Race for Europe – Top-Six Clashes
Man CityMan UtdChelseaLiverpoolTottenhamArsenal
Man City07-Apr04-Mar5-004-Jan03-Jan
Man Utd01-Feb25-Feb10-Mar1-028-Apr

Home team’s score first.


A run of five league games unbeaten since Christmas has elevated tonight’s visitors from 18th to 13th. Yet their coach Eddie Howe will be reminding his charges that appearances can be deceptive. A resurgence among lower-third sides means that just five points now differentiate the bottom nine teams, tighter than the eight-point spread on 23 December.

At the same stage last season, the Cherries were placed 14th with 26 points, one more than in the current campaign. They are scoring fewer goals this term (25 compared to 35), but keeping things tighter at the back, shipping 36 goals – 11 fewer than the 47 in 24 games of 2016/17.

Howe’s men pushed on over the last-third last season, losing only twice (one at home to the Chelsea) in their last dozen games, to finish comfortably in the top half of the table. The challenge is to emulate that in 2018. 

Cups catch-up

Meanwhile, for the second season running Premier League matches will be played just as the winter transfer market draws to a close. Although six teams played yesterday, 14 are in action tonight as the deadline approaches.

Antonio Conte told reporters yesterday it was ‘not the best situation to prepare for a league game’ when the late departure of a player might disrupt the coach’s plans. And with Alvaro Morata ruled out, the club’s only other striker, Michy Batshuayi, has formed part of the tactical preparations to face Bournemouth.

There are further complications. France, Spain and the Netherlands share the same cut-off time as England today, but Germany cease registrations earlier at 5pm, Turkey 9pm, and Italy 10pm. 

Trading out of the Premier League to some foreign associations can continue later. Scotland, where Charly Musonda has just joined Celtic on loan, shuts up shop at midnight, while Portugal’s window stays open till 2 February and Russia’s 22 February.

China can continue to import talent up to 28 February, and in the USA, where David Beckham’s consortium was this week awarded a club franchise in Miami, almost three months of trading begins on 7 February. With a World Cup focusing players’ minds, there could be a rash of late transactions.

Finally, the family of Stamford Bridge season ticket holder Jack Winter, who recently died of cancer aged just 19, have asked if supporters would join them in a round of applause in the 19th minute tonight for a fellow Blue, taken too soon.     


The Cherries bombed, and back up to second in the league.

Premier League fixtures


Chelsea v Bournemouth 7.45pm

Everton v Leicester 7.45pm

Manchester City v West Brom 8pm

Newcastle v Burnley 7.45pm

Southampton v Brighton 7.45pm

Stoke v Watford 8pm

Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm - Sky Sports

Premier League table

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Man City 27 59 72
2 Man Utd 27 32 56
3 Liverpool 27 30 54
4 Chelsea 27 26 53
5 Tottenham 27 28 52
6 Arsenal 27 15 45
7 Burnley 27 -3 36
8 Leicester City 27 -1 35
9 Everton 27 -14 34
10 Bournemouth 27 -10 31
11 Watford 27 -10 30
12 West Ham 27 -12 30
13 Newcastle United 27 -11 28
14 Brighton 27 -14 28
15 Crystal Palace 27 -17 27
16 Swansea 27 -17 27
17 Huddersfield Town 27 -24 27
18 Southampton 27 -12 26
19 Stoke City 27 -26 25
20 West Brom 27 -19 20

Last Updated: 18:00, Thu 22 Feb


Chelsea in Numbers

Chelsea are seeking to extend our unbeaten Premier League run to nine games.

Antonio Conte’s men have kept eight clean sheets in the past 11 matches in all competitions.

The Blues have only conceded five times in the past 13 games in all competitions.

The champions are unbeaten in 15 games at Stamford Bridge since 30 September, when Manchester City won by the only goal.             


Chelsea’s last six games 

10 Jan - Arsenal (h) - D 0-0

13 Jan - Leicester (h) - D 0-0

17 Jan - Norwich (h) - D 1-1 (5-3 on pens)

20 Jan - Brighton (a) - W 4-0

24 January - Arsenal (a) - L 1-2

28 Jan - Newcastle (h) - W 3-0  


Premier League scorers

Morata 10, Hazard 8 (2 pens), Alonso 6, Pedro 4, Willian 4 (1 pen), Bakayoko 2, Batshuayi 2, Rudiger 2, Azpilicueta 1, David Luiz 1, Drinkwater 1, Fabregas 1, Kante 1, Moses 1, Zappacosta


League games since

A home win: 1

A home draw: 0

A home defeat: 8



Watford v Chelsea

Premier League

Monday 5 February


Chelsea v West Brom

Premier League

Monday 12 February


Chelsea v Hull

FA Cup






Football League Championship champions (second tier) - 2014/15

Football League Division three champions (third tier) – 1986/87

Football League Trophy winners – 1983/84


The Cherries are playing in the top flight for only the third time in their 127-year history.

Bournemouth are unbeaten in five Premier League games (two wins, three draws), their longest run without a league defeat since May (also five).

It is nearly three months since Eddie Howe’s side last won on their travels. Their most recent away game, at West Ham, made it 10 visits to London since their last league victory in the capital.

Bournemouth’s last match, at West Ham, was Eddie Howe’s 100th Premier League game, making him the third-youngest English manager to reach that milestone after Glenn Hoddle and Gareth Southgate.

Eddie Howe’s side have won 10 points on the road this season from a possible 36 with two victories at Stoke and Newcastle, four draws at Swansea, Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Ham and six defeats to West Brom, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Cherries have kept four clean sheets in the league this term, the last of which was at Swansea on 25 November.

Bournemouth's last 10 year league history

Season Position Division
2007/08 21st League One
2008/09 21st League Two
2009/10 2nd League Two
2010/11 6th League One
2011/12 11th League One
2012/13 2nd League One
2013/14 10th Championship
2014/15 1st Championship
2015/16 16th Premier League
2016/17 9th Premier League

Manager Eddie Howe

Days in charge: 1,937

Played 257

Won 112

Drawn 59

Lost 86

Eddie Howe’s managerial record against Chelsea

Won 1

Drawn 0

Lost 5


30 DecEverton (h)W 2-1
01 JanBrighton (a)D 2-2
06 JanWigan (h) FA Cup third roundD 2-2
14 JanArsenal (h)W 2-1
17 JanWigan (a) FA Cup third round replayL 0-3
20 JanWest Ham (a)D 1-1

Premier League scorers 

Wilson 6, Fraser 4, Defoe 3, S Cook 2, King 2, Surman 2, Ake 1, Arter 1, Daniels 1, Gosling 1, Ibe 1, Stanislas 1 (pen)


Games since

An away win: 6

An away draw: 0

An away defeat: 2


Last line-up

PMB - Bournemouth home last PL line up




Ross Barkley   Everton

Emerson Palmieri   Roma


Jake Clarke-Salter   Sunderland

Kenedy   Newcastle

Josimar Quintero   Real Betis

Ike Ugbo   MK Dons

Nathan   Belenenses




Lewis Grabban  Sunderland (loan return)


Baily Cargill   Partick Thistle

Mihai Dobre   Rochdale

Ollie Harfield   Boreham Wood

Aaron Ramsdale   Chesterfield


Lee Probert is officiating his first Blues game in almost four years. The most recent was a 3-0 victory over Stoke at the Bridge in April 2014. He has previously refereed three Bournemouth matches this season.



There are no suspensions. 

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