It's the traditional Saturday slot for the Blues this weekend and a chance to get three more precious Premier League points. We start our preview for Bournemouth away with the statistics...
Bournemouth vs Chelsea head to head record
Bournemouth have won three and lost one of their last four Premier League meetings with Chelsea. They’re looking to complete the league double over us for the first time.
We have failed to score in three of our last four games against the Cherries.
Each of the last 12 Premier League goals in Bournemouth vs Chelsea matches have come in the second half.
In the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge on 14 December, Dan Gosling scored the solitary goal in the 84th minute. It was originally disallowed for offside but overturned by VAR.
Biggest league win for each team:
Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea 2015/16
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea 2018/19
Last season's corresponding game
BOURNEMOUTH 4 CHELSEA 0
Premier League, Vitality Stadium, 30.01.19, 7.45pm
Bournemouth (4-4-1-1) Boruc; Clyne, S Cook, Ake, A Smith; Stanislas (Mepham 90+4), Surman (c), Gosling, Fraser (Daniels 90+1); Brooks (Ibe 68); King.
Unused subs Begovic, Rico, Mousset, Solanke.
Manager Eddie Howe
Booked Surman (72)
Scorers King 47, 74, Brooks 63, Daniels 90+5
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 76); Pedro (Willian 61), Higuain (Giroud 65), Hazard.
Unused subs: Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, Barkley.
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Referee Roger East
Chelsea have won seven of our last 12 away Premier League games (although none of the past three) – only Liverpool (37) and Man City (28) have more away points than the Blues this season (23).
60 per cent of our Premier League goals have been scored away this season. The 27 goals we’ve scored on the road is three more than we managed in the whole of the last campaign.
Chelsea have won 11 of our last 14 away Premier League games on the South Coast, losing just one game in the process – against Bournemouth in January 2019.
Chelsea have conceded 45 per cent of the shots on target we’ve faced in the Premier League this season (37/83), more than any other side.
Frank Lampard’s side have won 58.8 per cent (10) of our 17 away games this season in all competitions, losing four.
Premier League scorers
Abraham 13, Mount 5, Pulisic 5, Jorginho 4 (3 pens), Willian 4 (1 pen), Kante 3, Alonso 2, Azpilicueta 2, Rudiger 2, Batshuayi 1, Giroud 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Tomori 1
If selected, and Kurt Zouma will make his 50th start in the Premier League for Chelsea.
Against Tottenham last weekend, Andreas Christensen made his 50th Premier League appearance.
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Fraser 26, Ramsdale 24, C Wilson 26
Most goals: C Wilson 7, H Wilson 7, King 3
Most assists: Fraser 3, King 2, Rico 2
Most clean sheets: Ramsdale 4
Bournemouth are 16th with 26 points from 27 games, two points above the drop zone.
Bournemouth are hoping to secure a third successive home Premier League win for the first time since February 2018.
Seven of Bournemouth’s last 12 league goals have come via a set-piece.
Bournemouth have won three of their last 16 Premier League matches against teams starting the day in the top four of the table, with two of those wins coming against Chelsea (Dec 2019 and Jan 2019).
The Cherries have kept one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League matches, in the 1-0 win at Chelsea in December.
They have kept four clean sheets in the Premier League in 2019/20 – a joint-league low alongside Tottenham, Aston Villa and Norwich.
Eddie Howe’s side have earned one point from a losing position this season. Only Norwich have fared worse.
Bournemouth have scored fewer second half goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (10/26).
The Cherries have won 16 points from their 13 home games:
Sheffield United D 1-1
Manchester City L 1-3
Everton W 3-1
West Ham D 2-2
Norwich D 0-0
Manchester United W 1-0
Wolves L 1-2
Liverpool L 0-3
Burnley L 0-1
Arsenal D 1-1
Watford L 0-3
Brighton W 3-1
Aston Villa W 2-1
Premier League scorers
C Wilson 7, H Wilson 7, King 3 (1 pen), Ake 2, Gosling 2, Billing 1, S Cook 1, Fraser 1, Mepham 1, own goal 1
Eddie Howe’s management record v Chelsea
Bournemouth's last Premier League game
Saturday 22 February
Burnley 3 Bournemouth 0
Team 4-3-3: Ramsdale; Stacey, Francis (c), S Cook, Smith; Billing, Surman, Gosling (Fraser 70); H Wilson (Solanke 74), C Wilson, King (Stanislas 70)
Bournemouth's major January transfer moves
Asmir Begovic - AC Milan, loan
Brad Smith - Cardiff, loan
There are no suspensions.
Jorginho and Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma are one yellow card away from a two-match suspension.
Premier League bookings list
Bournemouth (54) Lerma 9, Billing 7, C Wilson 7, Rico 6, Smith 5, S Cook 4, L Cook 3, Francis 3, Fraser 2, Stacey 2, Ake 1, Gosling 1, Mepham 1, Solanke 1, Surman 1, H Wilson 1
Chelsea (50) Jorginho 9, Kovacic 7, Christensen 4, Zouma 4, Alonso 3, Emerson 3, Kante 3, Mount 3, Rudiger 3, Tomori 3, Willian 3, Abraham 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Pedro 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Paul Tierney
Andre Marriner is refereeing only his second Blues game this season. The first was against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge in October.
You can follow Saturday's game via the Match Centre on The 5th Stand app
Matchday Live: Bournemouth vs Chelsea will also be available exclusively on the app, with a mix of live reaction to the team news and the match action plus analysis and debate throughout the afternoon.