Our last home game before Christmas brings the Cherries to Stamford Bridge, and we start our build-up with all the key facts and stats...
Chelsea vs Bournemouth head-to-head record
Bournemouth have won two of their last three league games against Chelsea, with the Blues winning the other.
None of the 15 meetings between Chelsea and Bournemouth in all competitions have ended in a draw, with the Blues winning 11 of those.
Since Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League in 2015, only Liverpool (three) have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the competition more often than the Cherries (two).
Biggest league win for each team:Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea 2015/16Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea 2018/19Chelsea’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge was 3-0 in 2016/17
Last Meeting at Stamford Bridge
CHELSEA 2 BOURNEMOUTH 0Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 01.09.18, 3pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 79); Willian (Pedro 64), Morata (Giroud 61), Hazard.Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Barkley.Injured FabregasHead coach Maurizio Sarri.Booked Alonso 33, Kante 55.Scorers Pedro 72, Hazard 85
Bournemouth (5-4-1) Begovic; A Smith (Ibe 80), Francis (c), S Cook, Ake, Rico; Fraser, Gosling, Lerma (L Cook 87), King (Mousset 80); WilsonUnused subs Boruc, Mings, Surman, Brooks.Manager Eddie HoweBooked Gosling 19, Lerma 70
Referee Lee MasonAttendance 40,178
Chelsea's recent form
Frank Lampard’s side have won four of our last five Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
We are hoping to halt a run of three defeats in our last four Premier League games.
Only Manchester City (337) have had more shots than Chelsea in the Premier League this season (274). The Blues’ average of 17.1 shots per game is our highest in a single campaign since 2013/14 (18.2).
Chelsea haven’t drawn any of our last 12 Premier League games since the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United in August – the second-longest such run behind Leicester (14).
Frank Lampard has never faced Bournemouth as a Chelsea player or coach.
Premier League scorers
Abraham 11, Mount 5, Pulisic 5, Kante 3, Willian 2, Alonso 1, Batshuayi 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Kovacic 1, Tomori 1
If selected, captain Cesar Azpilicueta will make his 250th Premier League appearance for the club. He will become the first Spanish player and seventh overall to reach that landmark for Chelsea, behind John Terry 492, Frank Lampard 429, Petr Cech 333, Branislav Ivanovic 261, Dennis Wise 261 and Didier Drogba 254.
Willian made his 150th Premier League start at Everton on Saturday.
Last seasonPremier League: 14thFA Cup: Third roundLeague Cup: Quarter-finalsTop scorer all competitions: Callum Wilson 15
This season’s Premier League statsMost appearances: Ake 16, Ramsdale 16, C Wilson 16Most goals: H Wilson 6, C Wilson 5, King 3Most assists: Fraser 3, King 2, Rico 2Most clean sheets: Ramsdale 3
Bournemouth are 15th in the Premier League with 16 points from 16 games – one point above the drop zone.
Since the Cherries beat Manchester United 1-0 on 2 November, they have been on a run of five successive league defeats.
On the road, Eddie Howe’s side have won seven points this term from a possible 24.Aston Villa W 2-1Leicester L 1-3Southampton W 3-1Arsenal L 0-1Watford D 0-0Newcastle L 1-2Tottenham L 2-3Crystal Palace L 0-1
Bournemouth have lost each of their last six Premier League games in London, conceding 20 goals in the process. In total they’ve won six of their 24 top-flight games in the capital (three draws, 15 defeats), with 33 per cent of these victories coming at Chelsea.
Bournemouth have lost each of their last seven Premier League away matches against teams starting the day in the top four, since a 3-0 win against Chelsea in January 2018.
Premier League scorers
H Wilson 6, C Wilson 5, King 3 (1 pen), Ake 1, S Cook 1, Fraser 1, Mepham 1
Eddie Howe’s management record v ChelseaWon: 3Drawn: 0Lost: 7
Bournemouth's last Premier League game
Saturday 7 DecemberBournemouth 0 Liverpool 3Team 4-4-2: Ramsdale; Francis (c), Mepham, Ake (Simpson 35), Rico; Groeneveld, Lerma, Billing (L Cook 58), Fraser; Solanke, C Wilson (Gosling 64)
There are no suspensions
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea (26) Jorginho 6, Alonso 3, Kovacic 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 2, Mount 2, Tomori 2, Willian 2, Emerson 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Zouma 1
Bournemouth (31) Lerma 7, Billing 6, Rico 4, C Wilson 3, S Cook 2, Fraser 2, Smith 2, Stacey 2, Ake 1, Solanke 1, H Wilson 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Graham ScottVAR: Simon Hooper
Graham Scott is the official for his second Chelsea game this season. The other was our 5-2 victory at Wolves in September.
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