Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth

Match preview

29 Jan 2018
Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea

Chelsea have Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas available but Alvaro Morata (back), David Luiz (ankle) and Willian (thigh) have been ruled out.

AFC Bournemouth welcome back Joshua King and Junior Stanislas, though Jermain Defoe continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

Did you know?

Chelsea have kept four consecutive home clean sheets in the Premier League, their longest such streak since a run of five in January 2015.

AFC Bournemouth have yet to win on a Wednesday in the PL (D1 L2). Chelsea have lost only one of their last 20 PL matches on a Wednesday (W11 D8).

AFC Bournemouth are unbeaten in five PL matches. Their longest unbeaten run in the competition is six between November and December 2015.

Eden Hazard has scored five goals in his last four PL appearances against AFC Bournemouth.

What the managers say

Antonio Conte: "It's a big challenge for us. The transfer market period is finishing, and for many reasons you can have distractions. But I am very happy because I have players with great focus."

See: Conte on Batshuayi

Eddie Howe: “We go to Stamford Bridge in a good frame of mind. Since the turn of the year we’ve been in good form and have re-found our goalscoring touch."

See: Howe on Defoe progress

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Andy Garratt, Matthew Wilkes
Fourth official: Roger East

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