Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton rewind in the next part of our preview for tonight's Bournemouth v Chelsea match...
We Have History
Chelsea and Bournemouth lock horns for only the 10th time in the league and 15th in all competitions. The Blues have won 11 of the previous 14 meetings, with the Cherries winning the other three. There have been no draws.
Chelsea have already beaten Bournemouth twice this season at the Bridge without conceding: 2-0 with second-half goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard in the top flight, and 1-0 in the Carabao Cup quarter-final in December.
Dean Court has always been a fruitful venue for the Blues in the Premier League era, with three straight wins. The best of those came in April 2016, when goals from Pedro, Eden Hazard (with two), and Willian restored pride for the reigning champions in a disappointing season.
The following April, during another title-winning campaign, an early Adam Smith own goal was followed by the usual Hazard strike against the Cherries. Josh King briefly restored interest for the hosts before Marcos Alonso sealed the 3-1 win midway through the second half.
Last season’s victory, in October 2017, was more controlled than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. Inevitably, our Belgian metro proved the difference. Enjoy the highlights here.
A thrilling, topsy-turvy League Cup quarter-final against Sheffield Wednesday took place at Hillsborough on 30 Jan 1985. Second-half sub Paul Canoville inspired Chelsea’s epic fightback from 0-3 to 4-3, but a late home penalty made it 4-4.
Bournemouth have lost their last five home meetings with Chelsea in all competitions since a 1-0 Division Two win in September 1988.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING MATCH
Biggest league win at Bournemouth for each team
Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea 23/04/2016
Bournemouth 1-0 Chelsea 03/09/1988