Chelsea are at risk of losing four Premier League games in a row for the first time since 1998 when Bournemouth visit Stamford Bridge.
The Cherries are in encouraging form in the fixture, winning two and drawing one of the past three meetings between the sides, and Gary O’Neil would love a repeat of their 1-0 victory when they last travelled to Chelsea.
Bournemouth will begin the day in 14th and a win could draw them level with the teams in the top half of the Premier League, while Chelsea are desperate for victory as they chase down an eight-point gap on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
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These sides were a contrast in entertainment before the top flight halted in November. When the Cherries ended their five-game winless run by thrashing Everton 3-0 at home, it took the total number of goals in their three most recent league games to a crowd-pleasing 15.
Chelsea lost consecutive league games in limp fashion with 1-0 defeats against Arsenal and Newcastle either side of a 2-0 EFL Cup exit at Manchester City. With the all-important gap to the top four widening to eight points because of that setback at St James’ Park, new manager Graham Potter is under early pressure to inspire a rapid upturn in form.
Chelsea vs. Bournemouth predicted lineups
Hakim Ziyech completed 90 minutes for Morocco and Mateo Kovacic did the same for Croatia in the third-place playoff in Qatar 10 days before this game, so the readiness of both players will be under scrutiny from Chelsea after they played the maximum possible seven games during the World Cup.
Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante (both hamstring) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (calf) are out, but Carney Chukwuemeka (hamstring) and Reece James and Wesley Fofana (both knee) could return to contention.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is a doubt with a foot problem and Armando Broja is expected to be sidelined for around nine months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy (GK) — Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly — James, Jorginho, Gallagher, Ziyech — Sterling, Gallagher – Aubameyang
O’Neil revealed that some of his squad had not trained for 10 days because of a “really tricky” virus outbreak leading up to Bournemouth’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Jefferson Lerma, Marcus Tavernier and Ryan Fredericks were among those affected, while goalkeeper Neto (hamstring) and midfielder David Brooks (thigh) are yet to return to full training.
Bournemouth predicted lineup (4-4-2): Travers (GK) — Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Zemura — Cook, Billing, Christie, Anthony — Solanke, Moore
What time is Chelsea vs. Bournemouth?
Chelsea play host to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London, England. It kicks off at 5.30 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, December 27.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
*Game starts on December 28 in these time zones
How to watch Chelsea vs. Bournemouth
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territores:
|Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports, USA Network, fuboTV
|Amazon Prime Video
|Sky Sport Premier League, Sky Sport NOW
|Star Sports Select 1
|Hotstar VIP, JioTV
|621 Now Premier League 1, 620 Now Premier League TV
|Now Player, Now E
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.
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