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Bournemouth will hope to finally kickstart their season as they host Chelsea in the first of Sky’s Super Sunday programme. Andoni Iraola has arrived on the South Coast to some fanfare and surprise but the season hasn’t quite gone to plan just yet, defeats against Liverpool and Spurs falling between draws with West Ham United and Brentford. Victory over Chelsea would be a big scalp.
Chelsea have their own ambitions after such a tough 2022-23 but Mauricio Pochettino is yet to find strike the right balance, a 3-0 win against Luton Town their only three pointer to date having fallen short against West Ham and Nottingham Forest.
Despite their travails, there have been some positives for both clubs and Sunday represents a big opportunity to get an important victory. You can be a victor too by following our Bournemouth and Chelsea bet builder tips – read on below to work out who you should back this weekend.
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Bournemouth vs Chelsea predicted lINEUPS
Sinisterra in contention to line up for Bournemouth
Bournemouth made a bold change on deadline day, moving on youngster Jaidon Anthony to bring in Luis Sinisterra and the Colombian winger could be thrown straight in after a bright start to the season with Leeds United, however facing competition from David Brooks following his goal last weekend. Dominic Solanke will lead the line as usual – he signed a new deal this week to keep him at Bournemouth until 2027.
Chelsea unlikely to change
While Chelsea are having some difficulties on the pitch, Mauricio Pochettino remains unconcerned with his side not far off getting things right. Reece James is still injured so Malo Gusto will start right-wing-back while Ben Chilwell and Conor Gallagher weren’t pushed too much on international duty, meaning they are fit and fresh to start again.
BOURNEMOUTH VS CHELSEA TEAM STATS
Cherries conceding plenty of opportunities
Iraola’s style is all about high energy and chance creation but they are falling short of that presently when it comes to their defence. Only one other side has conceded more shots on goal while they are conceding six shots on target per 90 – Chelsea players shooting on target could be worth looking at in your bet builder. Bournemouth have strangely picked up the fifth fewest cards despite committing the second most fouls.
Blues looking pretty strong despite mid-table position
We have noted above that Pochettino is unconcerned with his side’s performances and that’s because the numbers look good. They sit in the top four for xGD and shots taken – their problem is accuracy. They are also in the top four for fewest shots and shots on target conceded. The Blues have had more possession than other side and made the second most passes in the Premier League and also rank high for cards, picking up two or more in all four league games – plenty to look at for your Bournemouth vs Chelsea bet builder.
BOURNEMOUTH VS CHELSEA SHOTS AND SHOTS ON TARGET
Semenyo in fine form
Antoine Semenyo had a tough first full year at Bournemouth due to injury but whenever he plays, he adds a little something special. That is proving to be the case this term, managing at least two shots in all four of his appearances so far as well as three efforts on target, coming against Liverpool and Brentford. Elsewhere, giant Danish midfielder Phillip Billing has also managed nine shots this term and he’s available at evens to have two or more shots.
Fernandez finding his shooting boots
Enzo Fernandez was initially brought in to be the sitting midfielder at Chelsea but Pochettino has let him free from his leash, let the Argentinian get forward and he’s making the most of it, averaging 2.5 shots per 90 – he’s available at 1.73 to have two or more shots. Ben Chilwell is another with freedom to attack – he’s available at evens to have two or more shots having averaged 1.82 per 90.
BOURNEMOUTH VS CHELSEA GOALS AND ASSISTS
Big Dom could haunt former employers
Dominic Solanke was expected to be the big player off the Chelsea conveyor belt a few years back but it never worked out that way. They probably wish he was still around given their struggles since. Instead, Solanke is the main man at Bournemouth and he has started the campaign in great fashion, managing two goals and an assist – he’s 3.6 to score anytime and 2.88 to directly contribute to a goal.
Time for Jackson to find the net
Nicolas Jackson is proving himself a very promising young forward thanks to his power, pace and energy and despite having just one goal to his name it’s not for the lack of trying – his personal xG is at Three for the campaign. One player who is outperforming expectations is Raheem Sterling, finding his feet after a tough year with two goals so far.
BOURNEMOUTH CARDS AND FOULS stats
Christie will be tasked with stopping Caicedo
Ryan Christie has made his reputation as a talented and creative midfielder but he has never been afraid to make a tackle and he could have his hands full with Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher and Moises Caicedo around – he has averaged two fouls per 90 so far. Centre-back Marco Senesi fits the bill of a South American defender, front-footed, aggressive and likely can’t wait to get stuck into Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson to add to the ten fouls he has committed in 322 minutes in all competitions.
Sterling and Jackson to cause problems
Sterling and Jackson are the two notable players here. Sterling’s slight of foot and directness will always cause defenders issues and he has already been fouled nine times this season playing just off the front. Jackson, meanwhile, is the type of forward defenders hate to play against and that has led to him drawing six fouls. Caicedo has been fouled five times in his early appearances and was fouled 1.51 and 1.55 times per 90 during his Brighton years.
CHELSEA CARDS AND FOULS stats
Chelsea love a yellow card
Pochettino has always been big on the high press and his new troops are crossing the line while attempting to implement it. Nicolas Jackson has only played four Premier League games and has been booked in three of those while Enzo Fernandez and Carney Chukwuemeka, who is now injured, have two to their name. Conor Gallagher is the next player in support and the all-action England man has committed seven fouls
Full-Backs to be full of issues for Chelsea
It spells trouble for the ankles and shirts of Bournemouth full-backs Max Aarons and Milos Kerkez, who have been fouled 18 times between them, Aarons drawing 12 of those. They are tasked with being the outball for Bournemouth under their new manager and it seems to come with a health risk. Ryan Christie might be awkward to play against out of possession but he has also drawn four fouls in 273 minutes.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea Passing Stats
Bournemouth unlikely to see much of the ball
Bournemouth may be the hosts but their game is unlikely to be about them dominating the ball against a side as strong as Chelsea’s. Illia Zabarnyi has been their chief move starter, averaging 55 passes during matches so far this season and he’s available to hit 50 at 1.44, but the likelihood of him doing so is slim against a side averaging 70%+ possession.
Chelsea passes promising for the bet builder
Chelsea have been dominant in possession early this season, averaging 70%+ over their four
matches despite having played Liverpool during that run. Thiago Silva and Axel Disasi are averaging over 100 passes each while Endo Fernandez and Malo Gusto are over 80 apiece. There is plenty of value to be found in backing over 90 passes – Silva and Disasi are available at 1.73 while Gusto (84.5 passes per 90) is available at 2.3 to make over 70.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea key match ups
- Conor Gallagher vs Ryan Christie
- Ben Chilwell vs Max Aarons
- Raheem Sterling vs Milos Kerkez
BOURNEMOUTH VS CHELSEA BET BUILDER TIPS AND PICKS OF THE PACK
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Bournemouth vs Chelsea
– Silva has averaged 105 passes per 90
– Silva has attempted at least 100 passes in all four league matches
– Fernandez playing a more attacking midfield role
– Fernandez has had 12 shots in three matches since changing position
– Bournemouth have conceded 19.75 shots per 90
– Senesi has committed a foul in all four appearances this season
– Senesi up against attack of Fernandez, Sterling and Jackson – all have been fouled at least six times this season
-Chilwell effectively playing as a left-winger so will be up against Max Aarons – Aarons has been fouled 12 times already this season.
– Chilwell has committed a foul in all five starts this season in all competitions