Bournemouth vs Chelsea Prediction and Betting Preview, 29 Feb 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-2
Relegation-threatened Bournemouth welcome top-four hopefuls Chelsea to Dean Court on Saturday afternoon in a crunch Premier League clash, both sides tussling for bragging rights as well as maximum points.
Match status: 2019/20 Premier League - Matchweek 28
Kick-off:
Venue: Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth)
Having established themselves as mid-table contenders in recent years, watching the Cherries flounder in the relegation places this term is pretty baffling. Eddie Howe will be tearing up his tactic notes as he ponders on the right playing style to re-establish his Bournemouth side as a force to reckon with.

Sitting just two points above the drop zone with 11 league games left to play, relegation continues to loom large for the home side. To retain their Premier League status come the end of the season, performance levels definitely have to improve significantly.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are involved in a dogged fight for a top-four finish at the moment with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United and Wolves breathing heavy down their necks.

As a trip to Dean Court beckons, the visiting contingent will be hoping to make light work of the Cherries in a bid to pull further away from the chasing pack behind them. Goals are a surety in this one.

Bournemouth vs Chelsea Team News

After Chelsea had deservedly got the better of Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Frank Lampard talked up the performance of his team, who had strengthened their hold of fourth place.

However, courtesy of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League three days later, the Blues boss was not shy in criticizing his players after they had been outclassed in front of their own supporters.

Although the short-term objective is to qualify for next season's competition, Lampard must find a solution to the varying levels of performances, not helped by injuries to key attacking players.

Despite impressing against Spurs, Mount's decision-making was poor against Bayern, something which has blighted this Chelsea side throughout the campaign.

From a defensive perspective, Chelsea were fortunate to only concede three times against their German opponents, with the backline having now kept just seven clean sheets from 39 matches since Lampard's arrival last summer.

At a time when the West Londoners have found themselves on the slide, Eddie Howe has seen his team manage to get themselves out of the drop zone courtesy of victories against Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa.

Nevertheless, the Cherries manager is aware that the club are fortunate not to be back among the bottom three after more setbacks at Sheffield United and Burnley respectively.

Despite the tough set of fixtures remaining for the season, Howe may feel that an occasion such as the one on Saturday is perfect for his players as they attempt to rediscover the confidence they played with during the early part of the season.

Seven points have also come from their last four matches at their home ground ahead of meetings with the Blues, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.

Although their away form is as bad as any team in the division, Howe knows that picking up at least six points from their upcoming matches at the Vitality Stadium could prove to be the difference come the middle of May.

Injured or Suspended Players

Bournemouth: Brooks, Daniels, Groeneveld, Mepham, Kelly and Lerma.

Chelsea: Van Ginkel, Pulisic, Kante and Hudson-Odoi.

Pre-Match Odds

Bournemouth: 4.58
Draw: 3.84
Chelsea: 1.84

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Bournemouth vs Chelsea Predictions

Given Chelsea's defeat at Bayern and their humbling in this fixture last year, Bournemouth will be confident of gaining a result on the South coast. We expect goals aplenty, with the Blues perhaps doing enough in the final third to earn a share of the spoils.
Main Match Predictions:
Over 2.5 @ 1.80
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Correct Score:
Bournemouth 2-2 Chelsea @ 15.00
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