Five things you need to know about Chelsea v Bournemouth

It must be said that it hasn’t been a good season for Chelsea, as the current Premier League champions are dangling just five points off the relegation zone in 14th place on the table.

But not only are they not performing on the pitch, but Jose Mourinho and his men have been shrouded in off-field incidents ever since the first game of the campaign, which saw a public spat between the manager and popular club doctor Eva Carnerio.

However, they seem to have turned their dodgy form around somewhat in their last few games, beating Norwich City before holding an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side 0-0 at White Hart Lane last week.

If the Blues want to have any chance of a late challenge to finish in the top-four (or the title), they need to continue this streak against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Cherries themselves have also found it difficult in their first Premier League season, but they’re galvanizing 3-3 result against Everton last weekend could pump them up for their game at Stamford Bridge, despite their ongoing injury problems.

Here are five things you need to know about Chelsea v Bournemouth.

Chelsea’s upper hand

Chelsea celebrate

Chelsea have won their last three competitive meetings with Bournemouth without conceding a goal.

Bournemouth’s London Love

Bournemouth celebrate
Bournemouth have won on four of their last five league trips to London (L1).

Chelsea are Promotion Killers

Jose Mourinho (centre)
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 43 home league games against newly-promoted teams (W37 D6), last losing to top-flight new-boys in April 2001 (0-1 v Charlton).

Bournemouth get homesick

Bournemouth dejected
The Cherries have shipped a total of 18 goals away from home in the top-flight this season, a joint-league-high figure (along with Newcastle United and Sunderland).

Hazard needs to re-find form to reach milestone

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is one goal away from hitting 50 for Chelsea in all competitions, but he is without a goal in his last 24 games for the Blues (in all comps).

 


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