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Bournemouth are set to welcome Chelsea to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what will be the day’s opening Premier League fixture. After a series of enthralling matches on Saturday, which included a Brighton victory over Manchester United, fans will be eager to see if Bournemouth can spring another upset. The match will be kick off at 14:00 UK time and can be watched on Sky Sports Premier League.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea H2H: The story so far
For the majority of their history, Bournemouth have played their football outside of England’s top division while Chelsea are regulars at English football’s top table. As a result, this isn’t a fixture steeped in history. In total, there have only been 19 competitive matches between Chelsea and Bournemouth with the Blues coming out on top more frequently than the Cherries.
- Bournemouth wins: 5
- Draws: 1
- Chelsea wins: 13
Last season, Chelsea did the double over Bournemouth in what was the Cherries’ first season back in the Premier League following a couple of seasons in the Championship. The last time Bournemouth managed to beat the Blues at home was in 2019 when they hammered a sorry Chelsea outfit by four goals to nil.
History in the making
Despite arriving this summer with a big reputation, Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola hasn’t enjoyed a great start to life in the Premier League. If his side fails to beat Chelsea on Sunday then he will become the second Spanish manager in PL history to go winless in his first five competitive matches. The first was West Brom’s Pep Mel in 2014.
Chelsea squad in training this morning ahead of a trip to Bournemouth this weekend 🔵 pic.twitter.com/9FKpjWXebk
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 15, 2023
Bournemouth vs Chelsea: Last five H2H matches
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Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
The most recent encounter between Bournemouth and Chelsea came in May 2023 when Chelsea were under the guidance of Frank Lampard. Chelsea’s victory was Lampard’s first since returning as interim manager following the sacking of Graham Potter with the goals coming from Gallagher, Badiashile and Joao Felix.
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
The first game between the two sides last season came during the festive period in December and saw Chelsea run out as comfortable winners. Graham Potter was still hopeful of guiding the Blues to a top-four finish at this point and goals from Kai Havertz and Mason Mount only strengthened those hopes.
Bournemouth 2-2 Chelsea
The last time Bournemouth and Chelsea played out a draw was in the Cherries’ relegation season from the Premier League in February 2020. The match was one of the final Premier League games to be played under normal conditions with the Covid pandemic looming large and fans were treated to a classic. Bournemouth came back from an early Alonso goal to lead 2-1 before the Spaniard levelled the scores late on.
Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
Bournemouth’s last victory over Chelsea came in December 2019 when they stunned Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 win. Frank Lampard was the manager at Chelsea at the time and was enjoying a decent debut campaign in the dugout before Eddie Howe’s team came to town. In a cautious affair, Dan Gosling snatched the three points in the 85th minute – his first goal for the club.
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
One of the biggest and best wins in Bournemouth’s history came in January 2019 when they dismantled Chelsea 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium. On the night, Joshua King scored a brace while Charlie Daniels and David Brooks also got in one the action.
Back in the big time
In December 2015, Bournemouth played Chelsea for the first time in over 20 years following their first-ever promotion to the Premier League. The Cherries faced a Chelsea team lacking in confidence under Jose Mourinho and they took full advantage with Glenn Murray netting a late header to earn his side the three points.
After Chelsea’s concerning start to the season, Bournemouth are perhaps the perfect opponent to face. They have looked a soft touch so far this season and Chelsea should have far too much quality for them, particularly in the middle of the park. We are predicting a 3-1 win for the visitors.
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