Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes Cesc Fabregas is back to his best for Chelsea.

Fabregas is set to make a rare start for the Premier League leaders against Howe’s men on Boxing Day in place of the suspended N’Golo Kante.

“I saw Cesc Fabregas come on against Crystal Palace and he was sensational,” said Howe.

“He played five or six passes that are up there with the best I have seen. You are replacing one outstanding player with another so I don’t see that will help us.”