Chelsea will be aiming to restart their season with a win against Bournemouth after losing three Premier League games in a row before the World Cup break.
Graham Potter’s side are winless in five and return to action against the Cherries exclusively live on talkSPORT.
Potter will become the first Blues manager to lose four games in a row since 1998 if the Cherries can pick up a result at Stamford Bridge.
Gary O’Neil’s side made a good start to the campaign but their form dipped ahead of the midseason break.
With O’Neil now the permanent boss and new owners in place, Bournemouth will be hoping to begin their new chapter by claiming a big six scalp.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Tuesday, December 27.
Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 5:30pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Reshmin Chowdhury.
Commentary will then be provided by Alex Crook and former Chelsea defender Scott Minto.
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Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Team news
Chelsea are hoping to have Reece James fit and ready to start next week after recovering from the long-term injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.
However, Mason Mount has picked up a knock in a friendly and could be ruled out while Wesley Fofana is also expected to miss several weeks.
Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech are expected to be given longer off after their exploits in Qatar.
N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell are also out with long-term injuries.
Bournemouth have almost a fully fit squad with only Lloyd Kelly and Neto struggling with injuries.
O’Neil started with a strong line-up in midweek and could name a similar team on Tuesday.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: What has been said?
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s contract runs out in the summer which has prompted rumours if he will leave the club.
When asked whether he wants to stay, the Italian told talkSPORT: “Of course I do, I love Chelsea.
“But this is a thing I’m not going to think about now. I need to think about winning games. Otherwise, it’s a problem.
“I’ll focus game by game and then we’ll see what’s going to happen but my mind is on Chelsea now and trying to win as many games as possible.”
Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Match facts
- No player has been involved in more Premier League goals for Bournemouth this season than Marcus Tavernier (6 – 2 goals, 4 assists). He’s both scored and assisted in his last two games, the only Cherries player to do so in consecutive top-flight appearances.
- Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, including a Boxing Day strike against them in 2019.
- Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling has scored nine goals in his nine Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, including his first ever hat-trick in the competition back in October 2015. Against no side has he scored more often in league football.
- As well as having the most overall goals conceded in the Premier League this season (32), Bournemouth have conceded the most goals from headers (8), corners (9), penalties (5) and set-pieces (10, excluding penalties) so far this term.
- Only West Ham and Everton (4 each) have scored fewer first-half goals in the Premier League this season than Chelsea (6). The Blues haven’t scored before half-time in any of their last five league games, last having a longer run in February/March 2012 (6).
- Bournemouth have scored eight goals in their last three Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 11 combined. The Cherries are looking to score 3+ goals in three consecutive league games for the first time since November 2014.
- Chelsea have lost each of their last three Premier League games, last losing four in a row back in February/March 1998 under Ruud Gullit (1 game) and Gianluca Vialli (3).
- Chelsea have lost their final league game in just one of the last 19 calendar years (W12 D6), going down 3-1 against Aston Villa in their last game of 2011.
- Bournemouth have taken seven points from their last three Premier League games against Chelsea (W2 D1), more than they had in their first seven against them (W2 L5).
- Chelsea have lost three of their five Premier League home games against Bournemouth (W2) – since the start of 2015-16, they’ve only lost more at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool and Manchester City (4 each).
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