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PL PREVIEW: Chelsea vs. Bournemouth – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

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Chelsea will be out to snap a miserable three-game losing run in the Premier League when they resume top-flight duties against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

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The Blues went into the World Cup break languishing in eighth in the table, while the Cherries have surged to 14th spot but are still in danger of being dragged into the demotion dogfight.

TEAM NEWS

As if Chelsea were not already starved of attacking guile, the Blues lost Armando Broja to a season-ending ACL injury during their friendly with Aston Villa, and he will be one of at least seven guaranteed absentees for the Blues on Tuesday.

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Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic will be given more time to recover after the World Cup, while Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also in the treatment room.

Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga could recover from calf and foot problems in time to make the squad, but only the former is said to have a good chance of shaking off his concern, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be out to score for the second time against Bournemouth on Boxing Day after doing so for Arsenal in 2019.

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Bournemouth boss O’Neil has also been working with a ravaged squad for different reasons, as between eight and 10 players fell victim to a virus before the meeting with Newcastle, including Ben Pearson, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks.

O’Neil was still able to call upon a good chunk of his settled first XI at St James’ Park, although Neto and David Brooks are out until the New Year, while Jefferson Lerma, Lloyd Kelly and Marcus Tavernier will all need last-minute fitness tests.

The Cherries coach expects Lerma to bounce back from a sore knee in time for Tuesday’s match, where Jaidon Anthony should deputise on the left if Tavernier – who has both scored and assisted in his last two Premier League games – is not passed fit.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Jorginho, Gallagher, Cucurella; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling

Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Travers; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Zemura; Christie, Cook, Lerma, Anthony; Billing, Solanke

PREDICTION

We say: Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth

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