PMB: Chelsea v Bournemouth - talking points and numbers
news Wed 31 Jan 2018
January draws to a close with our third meeting with the Cherries this season. After a run of cup games, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton prepare for the return of Premier League action to the Bridge…
Unbeaten in eight Premier League outings, third-placed Chelsea entertain a Bournemouth side who have not kicked a ball in anger for 11 days, and have nine fewer matches under their belts than the Blues this season.
Antonio Conte’s men will be targeting a victory against the Dorset club that would bring the third league double of the season.
The champions have suffered just one defeat (at West Ham) in 16 Premier League matches.
Tonight will be the Blues’ 22nd match over 75 days since the international break in mid-November. With two games every week since then, the champions (and champion supporters) will finally be able to enjoy a free midweek following the forthcoming Watford trip.
Only after Newcastle (and a potential replay) had been seen off in the FA Cup could the match at Vicarage Road be confirmed as an 8pm kick-off on Monday 5 February. The next round’s tie is at home to Hull City and we are one of only 10 Premier League sides left in the competition.
Opta’s observations on our victory over the Geordies included the fact Chelsea are the first top-flight club to field two players (Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi) in a domestic match who were born in or after the year 2000. The Blues also closed the game with four home-nation players on the pitch for the first time since 8 January against Peterborough, also in the cup.
Hudson-Odoi became the latest teenager to make his bow for the Blues, taking up residence between the illustrious 1960s pair, John Hollins and Ron Harris, on the list of youngest starters.
It is great company for the Under-17 World Cup-winner to keep – Holly and Chopper made 592 and 795 appearances respectively in long and stellar careers. Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, by the way, sits at number 39.
|Chelsea’s 17-Year-Old Debutants|
|1||Ian Hamilton||18-Mar-67||31-Oct-50||16y 138d|
|2||Kingsley Whiffen||09-May-67||03-Dec-50||16y 157d|
|3||Tommy Langley||09-Nov-74||08-Feb-58||16y 274d|
|4||Michael Woods||06-Jan-07||06-Apr-90||16y 275d|
|5||John Sparrow||13-Mar-74||03-Jun-57||16y 283d|
|6||Mike Harrison||13-Apr-57||18-Apr-40||16y 360d|
|7||Ian Pearce||11-May-91||07-May-74||17y 4d|
|8||Ethan Ampadu||20-Sep-17||14-Sep-00||17y 6d|
|9||Brian Bason||16-Sep-72||03-Sep-55||17y 13d|
|10||Terry Venables||06-Feb-60||06-Jan-43||17y 31d|
|11||Dominic Solanke||21-Oct-14||14-Sep-97||17y 37d|
|12||Ray Wilkins||26-Oct-73||14-Sep-56||17y 42d|
|13||Jody Morris||04-Feb-96||22-Dec-78||17y 44d|
|14||Paul McMillan||02-Sep-67||13-Jul-50||17y 51d|
|15||John Hollins||25-Sep-63||16-Jul-46||17y 71d|
|16||Callum Hudson-Odoi||28-Jan-18||07-Nov-00||17y 82d|
|17||Ron Harris||24-Feb-62||13-Nov-44||17y 103d|
|18||Steve Francis||06-Oct-81||29-May-64||17y 130d|
|19||Peter Brabrook||29-Mar-55||08-Nov-37||17y 141d|
|20||Bobby Tambling||07-Feb-59||18-Sep-41||17y 142d|
|21||Ben Sahar||06-Jan-07||10-Aug-89||17y 149d|
|22||Andy Myers||06-Apr-91||03-Nov-73||17y 154d|
|23||Keith Jones||26-Mar-83||14-Oct-65||17y 163d|
|24||Joe Sheerin||22-Apr-97||08-Nov-79||17y 166d|
|25||Graham Wilkins||26-Dec-72||28-Jun-55||17y 181d|
|26||Jimmy Greaves||24-Aug-57||20-Feb-40||17y 186d|
|27||Bobby Smith||04-Sep-50||22-Feb-33||17y 194d|
|28||Joel Kitamirike||18-Oct-01||05-Apr-84||17y 196d|
|29||Josh McEachran||15-Sep-10||01-Mar-93||17y 198d|
|30||Alan Hudson||01-Feb-69||21-Jun-51||17y 225d|
|31||Michael Block||11-Sep-57||28-Jan-40||17y 227d|
|32||Les Fridge||05-May-86||27-Aug-68||17y 251d|
|33||Robert Huth||11-May-02||18-Aug-84||17y 266d|
|34||Sam Hutchinson||13-May-07||03-Aug-89||17y 283d|
|35||Barry Bridges||07-Feb-59||29-Apr-41||17y 284d|
|36||Scott Sinclair||10-Jan-07||25-Mar-89||17y 291d|
|37||Peter Osgood||16-Dec-64||20-Feb-47||17y 299d|
|38||Allan Harris||24-Oct-60||28-Dec-42||17y 300d|
|39||Nathan Ake||26-Dec-12||18-Feb-95||17y 311d|
|40||Mikael Forssell||31-Jan-99||15-Mar-81||17y 322d|
|41||John Terry||28-Oct-98||07-Dec-80||17y 325d|
|42||Dujon Sterling||20-Sep-17||24-Oct-99||17y 331d|
|43||Anthony Grant||10-May-05||04-Jun-87||17y 341d|
|44||Jeffrey Bruma||24-Oct-09||13-Nov-91||17y 346d|
|45||Peter Rhoades-Brown||29-Dec-79||02-Jan-62||17y 361d|
|46||Peter Houseman||21-Dec-63||24-Dec-45||17y 362d|
|47||Steven Hampshire||15-Oct-97||17-Oct-79||17y 364d|
Current squad members in bold.
While Chelsea host the Cherries tonight, Tottenham entertain Manchester United in one of 12 remaining fixtures involving the top six teams. Antonio Conte’s men must still travel to Manchester twice, and Spurs and Liverpool are yet to visit the Bridge.
The west Londoners are currently five points clear of Tottenham in fifth place, and only 11 points separate second from sixth, so navigating these head-to-heads may well determine who fills which European slots come 13 May.
|The Race for Europe – Top-Six Clashes|
|Man City||Man Utd||Chelsea||Liverpool||Tottenham||Arsenal|
Home team’s score first.
A run of five league games unbeaten since Christmas has elevated tonight’s visitors from 18th to 13th. Yet their coach Eddie Howe will be reminding his charges that appearances can be deceptive. A resurgence among lower-third sides means that just five points now differentiate the bottom nine teams, tighter than the eight-point spread on 23 December.
At the same stage last season, the Cherries were placed 14th with 26 points, one more than in the current campaign. They are scoring fewer goals this term (25 compared to 35), but keeping things tighter at the back, shipping 36 goals – 11 fewer than the 47 in 24 games of 2016/17.
Howe’s men pushed on over the last-third last season, losing only twice (one at home to the Chelsea) in their last dozen games, to finish comfortably in the top half of the table. The challenge is to emulate that in 2018.
Meanwhile, for the second season running Premier League matches will be played just as the winter transfer market draws to a close. Although six teams played yesterday, 14 are in action tonight as the deadline approaches.
Antonio Conte told reporters yesterday it was ‘not the best situation to prepare for a league game’ when the late departure of a player might disrupt the coach’s plans. And with Alvaro Morata ruled out, the club’s only other striker, Michy Batshuayi, has formed part of the tactical preparations to face Bournemouth.
There are further complications. France, Spain and the Netherlands share the same cut-off time as England today, but Germany cease registrations earlier at 5pm, Turkey 9pm, and Italy 10pm.
Trading out of the Premier League to some foreign associations can continue later. Scotland, where Charly Musonda has just joined Celtic on loan, shuts up shop at midnight, while Portugal’s window stays open till 2 February and Russia’s 22 February.
China can continue to import talent up to 28 February, and in the USA, where David Beckham’s consortium was this week awarded a club franchise in Miami, almost three months of trading begins on 7 February. With a World Cup focusing players’ minds, there could be a rash of late transactions.
Finally, the family of Stamford Bridge season ticket holder Jack Winter, who recently died of cancer aged just 19, have asked if supporters would join them in a round of applause in the 19th minute tonight for a fellow Blue, taken too soon.
THE BEST THAT CAN HAPPEN THIS EVENING…
The Cherries bombed, and back up to second in the league.
Premier League fixtures
Chelsea v Bournemouth 7.45pm
Everton v Leicester 7.45pm
Manchester City v West Brom 8pm
Newcastle v Burnley 7.45pm
Southampton v Brighton 7.45pm
Stoke v Watford 8pm
Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm - Sky Sports
Premier League table
Last Updated: 19:00, Wed 21 Feb
Chelsea in Numbers
Chelsea are seeking to extend our unbeaten Premier League run to nine games.
Antonio Conte’s men have kept eight clean sheets in the past 11 matches in all competitions.
The Blues have only conceded five times in the past 13 games in all competitions.
The champions are unbeaten in 15 games at Stamford Bridge since 30 September, when Manchester City won by the only goal.
Chelsea’s last six games
10 Jan - Arsenal (h) - D 0-0
13 Jan - Leicester (h) - D 0-0
17 Jan - Norwich (h) - D 1-1 (5-3 on pens)
20 Jan - Brighton (a) - W 4-0
24 January - Arsenal (a) - L 1-2
28 Jan - Newcastle (h) - W 3-0
Premier League scorers
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 8
CHELSEA’S NEXT THREE GAMES
Watford v Chelsea
Monday 5 February
Chelsea v West Brom
Monday 12 February
Chelsea v Hull
BOURNEMOUTH IN NUMBERS
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 only the third time in their 127-year history.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in five Premier League games (two wins, three draws), their longest run without a league defeat since May (also five).
It is nearly three months since Eddie Howe’s side last won on their travels. Their most recent away game, at West Ham, made it 10 visits to London since their last league victory in the capital.
Bournemouth’s last match, at West Ham, was Eddie Howe’s 100th Premier League game, making him the third-youngest English manager to reach that milestone after Glenn Hoddle and Gareth Southgate.
Eddie Howe’s side have won 10 points on the road this season from a possible 36 with two victories at Stoke and Newcastle, four draws at Swansea, Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Ham and six defeats to West Brom, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City.
The Cherries have kept four clean sheets in the league this term, the last of which was at Swansea on 25 November.
Bournemouth's last 10 year league history
Manager Eddie Howe
Days in charge: 1,937
Eddie Howe’s managerial record against Chelsea
BOURNEMOUTH'S PAST SIX GAMES
|30 Dec||Everton (h)||W 2-1|
|01 Jan||Brighton (a)||D 2-2|
|06 Jan||Wigan (h) FA Cup third round||D 2-2|
|14 Jan||Arsenal (h)||W 2-1|
|17 Jan||Wigan (a) FA Cup third round replay||L 0-3|
|20 Jan||West Ham (a)||D 1-1|
Premier League scorers
Wilson 6, Fraser 4, Defoe 3, S Cook 2, King 2, Surman 2, Ake 1, Arter 1, Daniels 1, Gosling 1, Ibe 1, Stanislas 1 (pen)
An away win: 6
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 2
CHELSEA’S JANUARY MOVES
Ross Barkley Everton
Emerson Palmieri Roma
Jake Clarke-Salter Sunderland
Josimar Quintero Real Betis
Ike Ugbo MK Dons
BOURNEMOUTH’S JANUARY MOVES
Lewis Grabban Sunderland (loan return)
Baily Cargill Partick Thistle
Mihai Dobre Rochdale
Ollie Harfield Boreham Wood
Aaron Ramsdale Chesterfield
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Lee Probert is officiating his first Blues game in almost four years. The most recent was a 3-0 victory over Stoke at the Bridge in April 2014. He has previously refereed three Bournemouth matches this season.
There are no suspensions.
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