Match Preview: Chelsea vs. Bournemouth

Chelsea will be playing without its two key players, Diego Costa and N’golo Kante.

 

Both players are suspended for the match against Bournemouth. But this does not mean that this will lower their winning possibilities.

 

Costa is the squad’s top scorer, but he is not the only player that can deliver points to the team. His absence mean that the newly acquired Michy Batshuayi will have his chance to prove himself.

 

Just recently, the squad’s head honcho, Antonio Conte shared that the Belgian international is having a hard time adapting to the physicality of the Premier League. But even though he is still adjusting, he has already proven himself as one of the  team’s most reliable scoring machines.

 

If there is one thing that Conte should be wary about, this is Kante’s defence. The ex-Leicester man has been very influential in creating an impenetrable wall that would put a stop to every potential attacker. Though they still have David Luiz, it could have been a different thing if his partner is present. Indeed, this would be a test to Conte’s formation.

 

But if one has to be realistic about it, Bournemouth’s winning possibility over Chelsea is indeed, slim.

The Blues are undefeated in their last six matches, whilst the Cherries are inconsistent. They are on a win-loss cycle, which readily decreases their chances of securing the upper hand in this match.

 

Chelsea (1.37) is expected to dominate this encounter. Despite Costa’s absence, the club’s versatility still makes it very possible to deliver a 3:0 (9.05) result.

 

The likelihood that the Blues gets into the driver’s seat after the first half is also high (1.79).

 

It is not surprising to see the club retain its six point lead in the league table and the top spot.

 

 

Date: 26 December 2016

Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

*All odds may change without prior notice

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