Ex-Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is predicting that his former club will share the points when they travel to face Bournemouth on Sunday.
With the Blues struggling for consistency, having lost 2 of their first 4 games this season, Sutton says he can’t see them securing a win against the Cherries:
“It’s so hard to predict what Chelsea are going to do at the moment. I don’t have a clue what to expect from them, because even if they play well they don’t seem able to take their chances. Bournemouth surprised me last time out, when they picked up a point at Brentford.”
“I’m still not clear about the way they are trying to play under Andoni Iraola, and they still haven’t won in the league this season. I don’t see that changing against Chelsea but this one kind of smells like a draw to me.”
Sutton has gone with a 1-1 draw, which would be seen as a disappointing result for Chelsea fans. The Blues really need to kick on after a rather poor start to life under manager Mauricio Pochettino, and getting just a point against a team who are likely to be relegation candidates simply won’t cut it.
Chelsea have a good record versus Bournemouth
The London club have only lost once in their last six visits to the south coast. That defeat came in January 2019 when they lost 4-0.
Last season, under the management of Frank Lampard, they secured a comfortable 3-1 win, with Conor Gallagher, Benoit Badiashile and Joao Felix scoring the goals.
The Blues have been handed a triple injury boost
Mykhailo Mudryk appeared to have picked up an injury playing for Ukraine in the 1-1 draw against England last weekend. However, the winger featured in the match versus Italy on Tuesday and he has subsequently been pictured training with Chelsea.
Armando Broja could be fit enough for a place on the bench at the Vitality Stadium, having recovered from an ACL, while Benoit Badiashile is close to making his comeback from a hamstring injury.