Chelsea continue their Premier League title defence away at Bournemouth on Saturday.

The champions came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but Antonio Conte’s defence has been leaking goals of late as they struggle to match the form of last season.

The Blues already trail League leaders Manchester City by nine points heading into the weekend clash against Eddie Howe’s Cherries, and can ill-afford to add to their three defeats if they are to mount a realistic title defence.

Scroll down for Standard Sport’s comprehensive preview…


Start time

Bournemouth host Chelsea at Dean Court with kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm on Saturday, October 28.


TV and live online coverage

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The match will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 1.

BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Alternatively, you can follow all the goals and analysis from 4:30pm with Standard Sport’s live blog.

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Team news

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Danny Drinkwater played an hour against Everton in the EFL Cup, and could feature off the bench against Bournemouth.

N’Golo Kante is expected to be in contention for next week’s Champions League tie at Roma, but is unlikely to be available this weekend.


Predicted line-ups

Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, Cook, Surman, Stanislas, Mousset, Afobe

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro, Morata, Hazard


Head to head


Prediction


Betting odds (via betfair, UK users only)

  • Bournemouth to win: 9/2
  • Draw: 16/5
  • Chelsea to win: 8/13

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Odds correct as of October 26 at 3pm.

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/bournemouth-vs-chelsea-premier-league-prediction-team-news-lineups-start-time-live-tv-head-to-head-a3668841.html