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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 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.
Watch every angle of @anthonyelanga‘s winner at Stamford Bridge ⤵️
— Nottingham Forest (@NFFC) September 5, 2023
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.
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.
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) September 2, 2023
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.
— Talkcherries_afcb (@TalkBournemouth) September 15, 2023
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.
Pochettino: “We lost two players (Nkunku and Carney) that were in our plans but we need to adapt, and that is why sometimes we change and try to find solutions with different players playing different positions. We are trying to find the best balance.”
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) September 15, 2023
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?
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.
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