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Chelsea v Bournemouth preview: Team news, predicted lineups and score predictions

Preview: Chelsea vs. Bournemouth - prediction, team news, lineups

Chelsea will be out to snap a miserable three-game losing run in the Premier League when they resume top-flight duties against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

The Blues went into the World Cup break languishing in eighth in the table, while the Cherries have surged to 14th spot but are still in danger of being dragged into the demotion dogfight.

From going unbeaten in their first nine games under Graham Potter to suffering four defeats from their last five competitive fixtures before the World Cup break, the new manager bounce has well and truly worn off for a goal-shy Chelsea outfit.

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Progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners has been a small silver lining amid the backdrop of dismal domestic fortunes, with the Blues going out of the EFL Cup in the third round to Manchester City and suffering successive Premier League losses against Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal and Newcastle United.

The addition of a winter friendly with Aston Villa did not spark a turnaround in fortunes for Chelsea either, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Unai Emery’s men to leave them without so much as a draw from their last four competitive and non-competitive matches, during which time they have failed to score a single goal.

Eight points separate Chelsea from a place in the top four of the Premier League table, but they are only two clear of a potential place in the bottom half, and question marks are already hanging over the head of Potter regarding his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

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Not since the days of Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli in 1998 have Chelsea suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats, although runaway leaders Arsenal are the side to both beat and keep a clean sheet against the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the current Premier League season.

As if Chelsea were not already starved of attacking guile, the Blues lost Armando Broja to a season-ending ACL injury during their friendly with Aston Villa, and he will be one of at least seven guaranteed absentees for the Blues on Tuesday.

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic will be given more time to recover after the World Cup, while Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also in the treatment room.

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Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga could recover from calf and foot problems in time to make the squad, but only the former is said to have a good chance of shaking off his concern, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be out to score for the second time against Bournemouth on Boxing Day after doing so for Arsenal in 2019.

Chelsea vs Bournemouth predicted lineups

Chelsea possible starting lineup:

Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Jorginho, Gallagher, Cucurella; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling

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Bournemouth possible starting lineup:

Travers; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Zemura; Christie, Cook, Lerma, Anthony; Billing, Solanke

Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth

A Chelsea team decimated by injuries versus a Bournemouth side feeling the effects of a winter bug does not have the makings of a classic, especially with Potter’s side missing that golden touch in front of goal.

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Barring that 1-0 loss to Arsenal, the Blues have held their own at Stamford Bridge and have not had a lengthy trip to Newcastle to take into account either, so we still have faith in a refreshed Chelsea side to end their streak of defeats by a narrow margin.

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