Chelsea FC vs AFC Bournemouth Team News: Tomori, Giroud, Ake, Brooks

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Chelsea FC hosts AFC Bournemouth on Saturday in a Premier League fixture that matches two teams desperate for a win right now. Chelsea, losers of three of their last four league fixtures, know that Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are now bearing down on them, trying to snatch away a top four place.

Bournemouth, losers of their last five, realize the danger they have of falling into the relegation zone. The side has a full blown injury crisis on its hands, and it’s only getting worse, not better. Nathan Aké limped out of the loss to Liverpool last weekend with a hamstring injury.

Including him, manager Eddie Howe will be without the services of nine first team players this weekend.

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And the bad news doesn’t stop there. David Brooks had a second operation on his ankle, and he’ll be gone another three weeks. This is why so many pundits and experts are high on Howe’s managerial abilities- he’s been able to somehow produce something, in spite of all the injuries.

In turning to the hosts, Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains out indefinitely, while striker Olivier Giroud and defender Fikayo Tomori are both injury doubts having both missed the mid-week win over Lille in European competition.

Chelsea FC vs AFC Bournemouth FYIs

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Kickoff: Dec. 14, 3pm Stamford Bridge

Form Guide: Chelsea FC  LWLLW   AFC Bournemouth LLLLL

?Referee: Graham Scott

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

Prediction: Chelsea FC 3, AFC Bournemouth 0

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  1. As a chelsea fan, i believe dat our squad has to lead b’mouth in order to compete with the top three’s.

  2. me as a blues fan i think they will win by 2-1 after a véry long struggling.

  3. Nam-izzy Ekenson says

    As a proudly Chelsea Fan;
    Due to my point of view believe that our squad has to lead B,mouth tomorrow & my prediction is 2-0

  4. Ronald Wax As Am Man Utd Chealsea Drow 0 0 Bournemouth

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