Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs AFC Bournemouth

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Saturday sees Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth meet for the 16th time ever and ninth in the Premier League competition. The most interesting aspect of this series record? Not a single draw; ever. Bournemouth, the visitors on the weekend, trail in the series 11-4.

Thus, it’s pretty easy to see why the Cherries are heavy underdogs in this one. The Blues have better talent no doubt, but their biggest advantage in this match is depth. With the south coast club in the midst of a severe and now deepening injury crisis, the Londoners should not have any issues taking all three points from this one.

Eddie Howe really has work cut out for him, as Frank Lampard’s youthful rebuild is coming along nicely, and rapidly, for the most part. That all said, let’s take a look at who Lampard may select here, knowing he needs to take all three from this one, and keep the pressure on those chasing his side for the top four.

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction (4-3-3) vs AFC Bournemouth

Pulisic      Abraham     Hudson-Odoi

Mount     Kovacic     Kante

James     Rudiger     Zouma     Azpilicueta

Kepa

Chelsea FC vs AFC Bournemouth FYIs

team news for both sides: go to this link

Kickoff: Dec. 14, 3pm Stamford Bridge

Form Guide: Chelsea FC  LWLLW   AFC Bournemouth LLLLL

Referee: Graham Scott

Google’s result probability: 77% Chelsea FC win, 15% draw, 8% AFC Bournemouth victory

Prediction: Chelsea FC 3, AFC Bournemouth 0

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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