Chelsea secured a much needed 1-0 win over a Bournemouth side who put in a stubborn defensive display.
A single goal separated the sides just after half-time when Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was put through on goal on the left side of the field and as he approached the goal he drilled a low shot past Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to his near post.
Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and had other chances, which mostly fell to striker Alvaro Morata, who was denied on a number of occasions by Begovic.
The Cherries were reduced to shots mainly outside of the penalty area as it took until stoppage time in the second half for them to finally hit a shot on target.
In a match that was important to both sides, here are four things that we learned from the fixture…
4. Bournemouth May Have Enough to Avoid Relegation
Bournemouth had had a very good week, winning against Stoke in the Premier League last weekend and then against Middlesbrough in the league cup in midweek, but this defeat to Chelsea will bring the mood down a little bit at the club.
Looking at the league table, they are in the bottom three and have only managed to get seven points in the first 10 league games of the season.
However, looking at the teams they’ve played in those matches, include Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal. Their next three games are against Newcastle, Huddersfield and Swansea, so they will have opportunities to start picking up points, especially if they play with the same determination defensively they did against Chelsea.
3. Hazard to the Rescue
Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard scored his first Premier League goal of the season as he helped Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over the Cherries.
The Blues will be thankful to have the Belgium star back firing after missing the first part of the season with an injury and he’s now scored three goals in his last three matches for the London side.
Despite the win, Chelsea remain quite a distance away from league leaders Manchester City, nine points to be exact. If Chelsea are to cut that gap and sustain a challenge to defend their title, they will need their main man to stay fit and continue his good form.
2. The Cherries May Have Some Injuries to Worry About
Not too many Bournemouth fans would have expected to get a result on Saturday, and so it proved. So there shouldn’t be too much panicking after the defeat.
But there could be some concern for the health of two of their stars, Benik Afobe and Junior Stanislas, with the pair pulling up during the match and forced to come off.
Bournemouth will be hoping their injuries aren’t too bad with both players key to the Cherries’ success this season.
1. Could This Be the Spark for Chelsea?
Since losing to Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and then drawing to Roma at home 3-3 in the Champions League, Chelsea are finally back to winning ways, with this result the second win in a row following the Watford win.
They also went on to beat Everton in the Carabao Cup in midweek, which confirms the upturn in form for the Blues.
This could be a very important week in Chelsea’s season. Last year a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal became a catalyst for title success. Could this week be a similar thing this year?