Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Team news, match facts and predictions

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Chelsea are still missing center-back Fikayo Tomori, who was not considered for Champions League duty on Tuesday because of a hip injury.

Antonio Rudiger is set to continue in defence, while Mason Mount could return after being left out in midweek.

Bournemouth’s injury crisis continues, with Callum Wilson and Nathan Ake among eight senior players ruled out.

Joshua King is in contention, and Harry Wilson returns after being ineligible to face parent club Liverpool.

David Brooks will not be available until March following a second ankle operation.

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Match facts

Head-to-head

Bournemouth’s 4-0 win at home last season was just a second in nine games against Chelsea in all competitions (W2, L7).

The Blues have triumphed in 11 of the 15 meetings overall, with Bournemouth winning four.

Chelsea

Chelsea’s defeat at Everton last weekend was a third in four Premier League games, as many losses as sustained in their previous 20 fixtures.

They are one of two clubs, along with Norwich City, not to have earned a Premier League point from a losing position this campaign.

Chelsea have lost two of their eight Premier League home games this season, twice as many as in the entirety of 2018-19.

The Blues have scored 31 Premier League goals but only 11 have come at Stamford Bridge.

Their top three goalscorers in the Premier League this season are all under the age of 23: Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

Abraham’s 11 Premier League goals this season have all come from open play.

Chelsea have attempted 264 shots in the Premier League, the most by any sidebar Manchester City. However, they are ranked joint-sixth for shot conversion.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth are on a run of five defeats, the worst current sequence of results of any Premier League team.

The Cherries last lost five successive league fixtures between February and March 2013 in League One.

Bournemouth could lose six straight league games for the first time since a run of seven in September 1994.

They failed to record a shot on target in the defeat against Liverpool last weekend.

The Cherries have lost 22 of their 26 Premier League away matches versus established top-six opposition. Their two wins were both at Stamford Bridge.

Bournemouth have scored a league-high nine goals from set-pieces, excluding penalties.

PREDICTION: 2-0