Bournemouth vs Chelsea: Prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV, head to head, odds - Premier League preview

ALEX YOUNG

Chelsea make the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday having successfully made amends for their first title race blip.

Wednesday's 2-1 win over Manchester City came four days after a shock home loss to Crystal Palace, allowing second-placed Tottenham to close the gap on top spot to seven points.

Diego Costa appeared to kick out at Vincent Kompany during the game, which could yet result in a ban but as yet there has been no word from the FA.

Bournemouth were soundly beaten 3-0 when these two teams met earlier in the season but the Cherries are unbeaten in five and earned a 1-1 draw at Liverpool last time out.

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START TIME

Bournemouth host Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 5.30pm on April 8.

TV AND LIVE ONLINE COVERAGE

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TEAM NEWS

Diego Costa could face retrospective action after appearing to kick out at Vincent Kompany.

Aside from the striker, Antonio Conte has no fresh concerns as he continues to tinker with his squad in the absence of wing-back Victor Moses.

Kurt Zouma made his first start in well over a year on Wednesday, as Cesar Azpilicueta moved to wing-back. Pedro deputised in the position during the loss to Palace.

Eddie Howe also faces no new concerns, with Tyrone Mings still suspended for a stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Cherries will likely stick with the side who drew 2-2 with Liverpool.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Bournemouth starting XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Ibe, Arter, Wilshere, Pugh; King; Afobe

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Zouma, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Costa

HEAD-TO-HEAD

PREDICTION

BETTING ODDS (via 888 Sport)

  • Bournemouth to win: 21/4
  • Chelsea to win: 5/9
  • Draw: 16/5

Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of April 6 at 5.45pm.

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