Securing their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League in midweek, Chelsea will look to keep up the momentum when they welcome a struggling Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
While Frank Lampard’s side might be enjoying an eye-catching European run, the Blues were hit with a very shocking 3-1 defeat away at Goodison Park last weekend and have seen their top-four buffer take a dent after a run of form that has seen them lose three of their last four Premier League appearances.
However, there is no doubt that Chelsea should see Saturday afternoon as a golden chance to make a return to winning ways.
Hit with a 3-0 defeat against league leaders Liverpool last time out, the Cherries have begun free-falling down the standings and suddenly find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap.
Eddie Howe’s side are now on a run of form that has seen them lose each of their last five top-flight matches on the bounce and the mood in their camp remains incredibly fragile.
You might be interested to know that with Chelsea picking up back-to-back 2-1 victories in West London across all formats, an identical scoreline can be found at 9/1 with Bet365 for this weekend.
Lampard calling on a response
Blown away at Goodison Park last weekend and now losing three of their last four Premier League outings, it is no surprise that Frank Lampard has been incredibly vocal of his side’s performances nearing closer to Christmas.
Failing to record a clean sheet over the past five weeks and with their top-four status cut to five points after Tottenham and Manchester United’s recent resurge, the former champions are now priced at 4/6 with Coral to land another Champions League campaign next year.
If the former Premier League champions are to make a return to winning ways this weekend, then there is no doubt that Lampard will be calling on leading marksman Tammy Abraham to lead their charge.
Finding the net while on European duties in midweek, the now fully-fledged England international sits second in the race for the Golden Boot with 11 strikes this year.
Now on a run of form that has seen him find the net in each of his last three matches at Stamford Bridge across all competitions, you might be interested to know that Abraham can be found at 8/15 with William Hill to extend on that run this weekend.
Struggles on the South Coast
Hit with a 3-0 hammering against Liverpool last weekend, the Cherries have lost each of their last five matches on the bounce and have failed to build any momentum after snatching a 1-0 win over Manchester United last month.
With Eddie Howe’s position at the Vitality under the most pressure since starting his tenure on the South Coast, a huge part of Bournemouth’s continued issues have been down to some glaring struggles on the road.
Losing their last three matches on their travels, the Cherries have landed just four away victories in 2019 and have now failed to find the net in back-to-back matches away from the Vitality.
Saturday’s guests can be found at 11/10 with Bet365 to draw another blank on the road this weekend.
Opening the weekend with just a one-point buffer from slipping into the relegation zone, you might be interested to know that Bournemouth can be found at 3/1 with 888sport to be hit with a Championship return next year.