Bournemouth vs Chelsea – Saturday 28th October 2017 – 17:30 - BT Sport

Bournemouth are 17/4 with Jermain Defoe at 7/1 to score first.

Bournemouth face Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening, in a vital match for both sides at this stage of the season.

The Cherries come into this match on the back of a 2-1 win against Stoke, an excellent result for Eddie Howe's side.

Andrew Surman (16) proved to be the unlikely source for the Cherries first goal, giving Eddie Howe's side a deserved lead.

Junior Stanislas doubled Bournemouth's advantage from the penalty spot (18), after Shawcross fouled Benik Afobe.

Stoke set up a tense finish when Mame Biram Diouf bundled home with half an hour to spare (63), but Bournemouth held on to secure a much-needed win.


Morale Booster

For Bournemouth, it is an excellent win and a shift in momentum, with Eddie Howe's side having a tough start to this season.

They still find themselves in 19th place in the Premier League, with just six points from their opening nine matches.

The Cherries have now won back to back games after beating Middlesbrough 3-1 in midweek.

Eddie Howe will need his side to dig deep if they are to gain a result here, with Chelsea and Conte a tough side to beat.


Cherries Underdogs

Eddie Howe's side come into this match as underdogs, with their poor start informing the bookies.

This will be a tough match for Bournemouth, with luck and form against them this season.

Bournemouth will be looking to register only their 2nd ever win against Chelsea.

BournemouthMuch Needed Win

The Blues come into this match in mixed form, despite securing an excellent result against Watford, running out 4-2 winners in the end.

Pedro opened the scoring for the Blues with an exquisite finish right in the top left hand corner (12).

Abdoulaye Doucoure equalised for the Hornets just before the break with an outstanding finish of his own (45+2).

Roberto Pereyra fired past Courtois four minutes after the restart, with the Brazilian Richarlison assisting (49).

Michy Batshuayi proved to be the catalyst for the Blues, with his header levelling for Chelsea (71).

Cezar Azpilicueta nodded the ball past Gomez using his shoulder to make it 3-2 (87), before Batshuayi returned to make it 4-2 to Chelsea.

Struggling Blues

Antonio Conte's men have had a mixed run of form recently, losing back to back matches against City and Palace.

They also lost their opening game of the season against Burnley, a terrible start to their title defence.

That win means they remain in fourth place, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.

Bournemouth will be a tough proposition at home, but it is a game the Blues must capitalise on.


Chelsea Favourites

Conte's side come into this match as the favourites, with the Cherries poor form informing the bookies.

Chelsea will be looking to win this fixture and make it three successive wins.

The Blues will be looking for their fourth successive win against the Cherries.

Chelsea are 4/6 with Alvaro Morata at 3/1 to open the scoring.

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Hazard to score first @ 9/2

Tip 2 – Chelsea to win 3-1 @ 12/1

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