Chelsea’s Premier League title ambitions were dealt a massive blow when they were beaten 2-0 by city rivals Arsenal earlier this month, however the players have responded to the stinging criticism from manager Maurizio Sarri following this disappointing defeat by returning back-to-back wins over Tottenham Hotspur (Carabao Cup) and Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup). The big question is, can they make it three on the bounce when they head to the south coast this week?
Sarri questioned his players’ mental attitude following the defeat to the Gunners, however this does appear to have done the trick and given that the Blues have generally been impressive this season with the side still competing on four fronts, we envisage them continuing in winning ways when they face Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.
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AFC Bournemouth will be in pretty high spirits thanks to some improved recent form which steered them to a 2-0 win over West Ham United last time out. Nevertheless the visiting Blues are certainly made of tougher stuff than the Hammers and Bournemouth will be in for a real test when they take to the field this week. This should prove to be a routine win for Chelsea and while we do envisage the Cherries adding to the scoreline at Dean Court, Sarri’s men will be the ones returning home with the three points in the bag, Paddy Power Bookmakers going 23/10 on Chelsea to win and both teams to score.