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Chelsea vs Bournemouth preview, press conference info, kick-off time, team news and how to watch

Everything you need to know about this weekend's Premier League fixture against Bournemouth, and Frank Lampard's press conference to preview it...

Our busy December continues with a home game against a side who have lost their last five league matches and sit 15th in the table. 

When and where

The match takes place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 14 December. Kick-off is at the traditional time of 3pm. 

Frank Lampard's press conference

The boss will be speaking to the media at 1.30pm on Friday to preview the Cherries' visit to west London. Here are some of the possible discussion points...

Finishing touch

The boss has spoken plenty recently about his side's need to be more clinical in front of goal, and he may be asked how he can go about improving our efficiency at both ends of the pitch. 

January moves

Linked to that, Lampard could be questioned further on possible transfers in the January window, a subject journalists have not hesitated to raise following the overturning of our transfer ban. 

Injury news

Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud missed the win over Lille and the boss could be asked how that duo are getting on, and if anyone else picked up a knock in midweek. 

Rudiger's return

Toni Rudiger made his long-awaited return to the side in the heart defence and completed the full match. Lampard might be queried on the German's fitness following his first 90-minute outing since April. 

 

Latest Chelsea team news

Long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek will definitely miss out, while Tomori and Giroud were not available for the game against Lille. 

Latest Bournemouth team news

Bournemouth are suffering something of an injury crisis at the moment - they are currently without nine first-team players. Defenders Steve Cook, Adam Smith and Nathan Ake have come off injured in the Cherries' three most recent matches.

Striker Callum Wilson had a hamstring complaint in the loss to Liverpool last Saturday, but Eddie Howe is hopeful he will be back for this game. Josh King, David Brooks, Lloyd Kelly and Charlie Daniels all remain out, as does Junior Stanislas who is continuing his recovery from a severe knee injury. 

How to watch live 

As the game is a Saturday 3pm kick-off, there is no live broadcast of the match in the UK, but highlights will be available on the 5th Stand app and this website from two hours after the final whistle.

How to listen live

Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the 5th Stand app and this website, plus there will also be live text commentary on both those platforms.

Referee and VAR

Graham Scott is the referee. His most recent Chelsea assignment was our 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton in September. The VAR is Simon Hooper. 

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