AFC Bournemouth earned a hard earned point on Wednesday night against Liverpool to take the Cherries total to 4 points taken from the two games against the Merseysiders this season. It was the second away draw running after the point against Southampton.
Now the next game is back at Dean Court on Saturday with a 5.30 pm kick-off. Our opponents this time are the Premier League leaders Chelsea under the leadership of Antonio Conte who has done a very good job as manager since taking the job.
Chelsea are looking to be the new Champions of the Premier League and take the crown away from Leicester City, unless something goes drastically wrong they hold a 7 point lead at the top of the table over Spurs (who are our next opposition at White Hart Lane on Saturday week), both Chelsea and Spurs have eight games to play.
At the end of the first half of this season Chelsea were top, 6 points in front of Liverpool both having played 19 games. Chelsea had won 16, drawn 1 and lost 2. Now after 30 games, Chelsea have won 23, drawn 3 and lost 4. AFCB at the end of the first half of the season had played 19 and were in 10th place, they had won 7, drawn 3 and lost 9 and had 24 points. At present after 31 games, AFCB are 13th, having won 9, drawn 8 and lost 13 and have 35 points.
Chelsea have won their last two away games, beating both Stoke and West Ham. This year away Chelsea have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1. AFCB in their last two home games have beaten both Swansea and West Ham. This year at home AFCB have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Andrew Surman will be missing again. No news on Junior Stanislas who was not on the bench at Liverpool and Tyrone Mings is still suspended.
Player to watch: Joshua King
Josh King, has scored 4 goals in the last four games, including the equaliser against Liverpool.
Chelsea Team News:
Victor Moses might be available again after injury, otherwise Conte has a strong squad to pick from.
Player to watch: Eden Hazard
Hard to choose between Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Between them they have scored 30 goals this season in the Premier League, 13 for Hazard and 17 for Costa, both players have 5 assists. They are both influential players for Chelsea. In the game at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day Hazard was MOM, Costa didn`t play because of suspension.
Match Facts & Stats
Against Chelsea earlier this season at Stamford Bridge we lost 3-0. Last season we beat them away 1-0 and lost at home 4-1. In all our home league games against Chelsea, AFCB have won 1 and lost 1. In all fixtures against Chelsea, AFCB have won 2 and lost 6.