MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@SimonBrotherton: It has turned out to be a decent week for Chelsea, with qualification secured for the knockout stage of the Champions League, but they’ll be keen to get back on track domestically after last week’s disappointment at Goodison Park.
This fixture has been a mixed bag for them in recent seasons, with Bournemouth winning on two of their four Premier League visits.
The timing doesn’t look great for Eddie Howe this time though as his team head for Stamford Bridge beset by injuries and in a horrible run of form. A run of five straight defeats and only one win in 10 leaves them just a point above the relegation zone.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard on a new contract for Fikayo Tomori: “He has come a long way and it’s all his own doing – he has shown a work ethic and a desire to improve.
“I have full trust in him and I am delighted for him, and now he must not take anything for granted.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on five straight losses: “In these moments I try to be at my best, when things are most challenging. I’d like to think I’ve handled these situations before and I can do it again.
“Frank [Lampard] and his team have done so well, it’s a different Chelsea this season but still a very effective team. But we feel, if we’re at our best, we can beat anyone.”
The Cherries have got a long list of injuries to contend with, especially at the back, and I just do not see them keeping Chelsea out.
- 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’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 side bar Manchester City. However, they are ranked joint-sixth for shot conversion.
- 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.