Bournemouth vs Chelsea predicted lineups: Can Chelsea’s star midfield pair overcome jetlag to play?

Bournemouth and Chelsea, both undergoing transitions under new management, are eager to address recent setbacks as they prepare to face each other in a Premier League encounter at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. As both teams set their sights on returning to winning ways, here are the Bournemouth vs Chelsea predicted lineups.

Bournemouth vs Chelsea predicted lineups: Can Chelsea's star midfield pair overcome jetlag to play?
Photo by Icon sport

Bournemouth vs Chelsea predicted lineups and news

The international break may have briefly lifted the cloud of uncertainty hanging over both clubs, but the Premier League’s return will refocus scrutiny on Chelsea and Bournemouth.

Chelsea’s need for a victory this weekend is more pressing, given their tally of just four points from four games this season. Inconsistent and generally disappointing performances have put Mauricio Pochettino under some early pressure, with their lackluster 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in their last outing only adding to the concerns.

Photo by Icon sport

Andoni Iraola is also facing inquiries while in the Bournemouth dugout, following a lackluster beginning to his tenure in English football. The south coast team is yet to clinch their inaugural Premier League victory, with only two draws in their name this season, including a somewhat fortunate 2-2 result in their recent clash with Brentford.

Team News: Bournemouth

In preparation for the Chelsea match, Iraola is still without a number of players, including his recent summer acquisitions Alex Scott and Tyler Adams. Despite their significant transfer fees, both individuals have yet to make an appearance for Bournemouth and are anticipated to remain in the treatment room for some time.

Bournemouth’s captivating draw with Brentford happened too early for deadline day arrival Luis Sinisterra to make his first appearance. Given that the Leeds United loanee has recently featured for Colombia abroad and has a history of injuries, Iraola may opt not to include him in the starting lineup at this stage.

Bournemouth predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)

Neto; Aarons, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez; Christie, Cook; Brooks, Billing, Tavernier; Solanke.

Team news: Chelsea

Chelsea’s injury situation has not improved during the international break, with numerous first-team players still unable to participate.

Christopher Nkunku (knee) and Romeo Lavia (ankle) won’t make their Chelsea debuts just yet. They are also part of a long-term absentee group that includes Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana, and Marcus Bettinelli, all suffering from knee injuries.

Trevoh Chalobah will also be absent for the visit to Bournemouth. While Reece James, Benoit Badiashile, and Armando Broja, all on the verge of returning to full fitness, might find Sunday’s match arriving a tad early.

Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-3)

Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gusto, Fernandez, Caicedo, Chilwell; Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson.

Will Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez play today?

Icon SJ 230907 035
Photo by Icon sport

Last week, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez, signed for nine-figure fees, were on opposing sides during international duty. Following their return journeys from South America, the Chelsea midfield pair may require fitness assessments. They missed Thursday’s training session, but there should be sufficient time for them to regain their match fitness before Sunday’s kickoff.

Subscribe to Punditfeed on Google News for all the latest updates from the world of sports!