The Blues leave London for the first time since Boxing Day this midweek. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of tomorrow's trip to Dorset with the key facts and figures...
Chelsea In Numbers
Maurizio Sarri’s side have the fourth-best away record in the Premier League this season, winning 22 points from a possible 33.
Eden Hazard has notched seven goals in his last eight games against Bournemouth in all competitions.
Five players – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante - have started every Premier League game this season.
Chelsea have failed to score in two of our last three Premier League games.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 10 (3 pens), Pedro 7, Morata 5, Barkley 3, Kante 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 3, Alonso 1, David Luiz 1, Giroud 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Rudiger 1, own-goal 1
League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 8
An away defeat: 0
Chelsea’s next three games
Saturday 2 February - Chelsea v Huddersfield - Premier League
Sunday 10 February - Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League
Thursday 14 February - Malmo v Chelsea - Europa League
Andreas Christensen’s next start will be his 50th for the club.
Cesar Azpilicueta captained Chelsea for the 50th occasion against Sheffield Wednesday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his 50th appearance in all competitions for the Blues on Sunday against the Owls.
Willian’s penalty against Sheffield Wednesday was his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions. The breakdown of his 51 Blues goals are as follows:
Premier League 28 (1 pen)
FA Cup 10 (2 pens)
Champions League 9
Europa League 2
League Cup 2
Goals scored against:
Everton, Hull, Newcastle
Bournemouth, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Manchester City, Porto, Qarabag, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham
Aston Villa, Barcelona, Brentford, Brighton, Cardiff, Dynamo Kiev, Huddersfield, Manchester United, Norwich, PAOK, Peterborough, Schalke, Sunderland, Vidi, Watford
BOURNEMOUTH IN NUMBERS
Formed 1899 as Boscombe FC
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 the fourth time in their 120-year history.
Eddie Howe’s side haven’t played for 11 days.
Bournemouth have picked up 30 points after their first Premier League 23 games; six points more than they recorded last season.
Bournemouth have the equal-sixth best home record in the Premier League this season with 21 points from 12 games. They have had six wins against Cardiff, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Brighton and West Ham, three draws with Everton, Southampton and Watford and three defeats to Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Bournemouth are the eighth-highest scorers in the Premier League this term with 33, although only Fulham, Cardiff and Burnley have conceded more league goals than the Cherries' 42.
Bournemouth are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since October.
Only the Etihad (50) has seen more Premier League goals than Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium this season (38) ahead of the midweek fixtures.
Bournemouth have kept two clean sheets in their last three Premier League home games.
Steve Cook and Nathan Ake have started all 23 Premier League games.
Eddie Howe is now the longest-serving boss in the Premier League having been in charge for over six years.
Congratulations to Howe who takes charge for the 300th time since returning to manage Bournemouth in October 2012.
Manager Eddie Howe
Days in charge: 2,302
Howe’s managerial record against Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Wilson 10 (1 pen), King 6 (3 pens), Brooks 5, Fraser 5, Ake 3, S Cook 1, Lerma 1, A Smith 1, Stanislas 1.
BOURNEMOUTH’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 19 January
Bournemouth 2 West Ham 0
Team 4-4-2: Boruc; Clyne, S Cook (c), Ake, A Smith; Brooks (Mousset 90+3), Gosling, Lerma, Fraser (Daniels 90+2); King, Wilson (Stanislas 73).
Scorers: Wilson 53, King 90+1
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 3
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 10 cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two-match ban.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Roger East is refereeing Chelsea for the first time this season. His last Blues game was over a year ago, in December 2017, when we beat Southampton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.