Chelsea will look to secure only their third Premier League away win of 2023 when they take on Bournemouth this weekend.
The Blues spent over £1billion this summer to give new manager Mauricio Pochettino the best tools to correct their worst season in two decades but the same problems still exist.
Chelsea finished 12th last term, their lowest since the 1993/94 season, but have still only won one out of four this year despite their huge outlay.
The west London outfit have two wins from their last 16 Premier League games but crucially one of those came away at Bournemouth.
Pochettino will now be tasked with emulating Frank Lampard’s efforts on the south coast as he bids to end his own horror run.
The former Spurs boss is currently winless in 13 away games in the Premier League, in a run that stretches back to February 2019.
But Bournemouth are yet to claim three points themselves this season and could be the ideal opponents for Chelsea to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest before the break.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea: How to follow
This Premier League clash will take place on Sunday, September 17.
Kick-off at the Vitality Stadium is scheduled for 2pm.
The match is set to be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with their coverage beginning at 1pm.
Sky Go customers will be able to stream the match through their laptops or mobile devices.
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talkSPORT will have updates from the south coast throughout the evening and talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog as well.
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Bournemouth vs Chelsea: Team news
The hosts’ injury list was eased by both Marcus Tavernier and Adam Smith returning to the bench in the 2-2 draw with Brentford.
But the Cherries are still missing Ryan Fredericks, Emiliano Marcondes and Dango Ouattara through calf and ankle issues respectively.
Chelsea have an extensive injury list of their own, with Romeo Lavia, Benoit Badiashile, Trevoh Chalobah and Carney Chukwuemeka all sidelined.
Armando Broja, Wesley Fofana and Christopher Nkunku are long-term absentees but Reece James could finally make his own comeback.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea: What has been said?
John Terry is still confident that Pochettino will be a success at Chelsea despite the Argentine’s difficult start to life at the club.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, he said: “I love Poch, I’ve met him a couple of times and had the privilege to be around him at the training ground. He works the players very hard, tactically amazing and I think given time, he’s definitely the right man for the job.”
Terry added: “We’ve seen over the years with his experience with him and what he’s done previously, we are a young squad, they’ve literally just been thrown together, haven’t they?
“There’s a lot of talent there, we’ve had a few injuries as well not go our way, so listen there is loads of football to be played this season, but hopefully exciting stuff.
“And this year, I can see it as more of a kind of blending together and then we will see where we go next season.”
Bournemouth vs Chelsea: Match facts
- Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson has made the most total off-ball runs (173) and the most off-ball runs into the box (63) of any player in the Premier League this season. However, Jackson has scored one goal from an expected goals outlay of 3.03, and has converted just one of his seven big chances.
- Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke, who was four times an unused sub for Chelsea in the Premier League without ever appearing between 2014 and 2016, has been directly involved in 16 league goals since the start of last season (8 goals, 8 assists), six more than any other Bournemouth player.
- Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernández leads all Premier League players this season for progressive passes (33) and total progressive passing distance (625 metres), while he’s joint-top for successful through balls (4) along with Phil Foden and Lucas Paquetá.
- Bournemouth have had only four shots following corners this season in the Premier League, the fewest of any side. Their 0.14 expected goals from corner situations is also a league-low; for context, Everton have the highest xG from corner situations – 2.7.
- Bournemouth have had nine shots following high turnovers in the Premier League this season, the joint second most of any side behind Brighton (13). Andoni Iraola’s Rayo Vallecano side led LaLiga for the same metric last season (68).
- Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently winless in 13 away games in the Premier League, drawing three games and losing 10, in a run that stretches back to February 2019 with Tottenham. His teams are without a clean sheet in 14 away games in the competition.
- Chelsea have two wins from their last 16 games in the Premier League (D5 L9), with those victories coming away to Bournemouth in May and at home to Luton on MD3 this campaign. Since the start of this run (March 18th), Chelsea have earned the fewest points of any non-promoted or relegated side (11).
- Bournemouth are currently winless in eight league matches (D2 L6), a run that started with a defeat at home to Chelsea in May of last season. This is the Cherries’ worst winless league run since a nine-game stretch between February and July in 2020 (D2 L7).
- Chelsea did the Premier League double over Bournemouth last season (2-0 home, 3-1 away), having won just one of their previous five against the Cherries (D1 L3).
- Bournemouth have only won more Premier League games against Leicester (5) and Everton (5) than they have against Chelsea (4), though three of their four victories against the Blues have been at Stamford Bridge.
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