Although there were promising signs early in Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure with the Blues, defeat to West Ham and Nottingham Forest in their first four games raised questions.
Anything other than a victory on the south coast would send the club into further crisis, even if one accepts that such significant changes made over the summer would take time to take hold.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Kick-off date, time and location
Bournemouth vs Chelsea is scheduled to kick off at 2pm BST on Sunday September 17, 2023.
Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium (Dean Court) will host.
Where to watch Bournemouth vs Chelsea
TV channel: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports main event, Sky Sports Premier League And Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Direct: Subscribers can watch live via the Sky Go app.
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Bournemouth vs Chelsea team news
Lewis Cook is available for the Cherries after making his return from injury against Brentford before the international break, while Adam Smith and Marcus Tavernier are back in training.
Luis Sinisterra could make his debut, alongside Tyler Adams – a player Chelsea almost signed.
For the Blues, the list of injuries remains long.
Reece James, however, is said to be close to returning and Armando Broja has been tipped to make the bench for Sunday’s trip. Mykhailo Mudryk, meanwhile, will likely be in good shape.
Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nknunku, Romeo Lavia and Benoit Badiashile are among the names not involved.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea Prediction
The Cherries are yet to win under the new management, although they have shown promise themselves. Still, Chelsea must surely win and certainly have the quality to do so.
Chelsea win 3-1.
History and results of face-to-face meetings (h2h)
Bournemouth win: 5
Chelsea win: 13
Bournemouth vs Chelsea latest odds
Bournemouth winner: 10/3
Chelsea winner: 7/10
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.