While there have been promising signs during the early part of Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure with the Blues, losing to West Ham and Nottingham Forest in their opening four games has raised questions.
Anything other than a victory on the south coast would have the club veering towards yet another crisis, albeit with the acceptance that such wholesale changes made over the summer would take time to bed in.
Bournemouth was the scene of Frank Lampard finally grabbing his first win in temporary charge last season and Chelsea could do with a similar outcome this weekend.
A solid performance and point at Brentford before the international break should give the Cherries confidence to earn a first league win under Andoni Iraola.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Bournemouth vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off time today, Sunday 17 September, 2023.
The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth will host.
Where to watch Bournemouth vs Chelsea
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Live stream: Subscribers can watch on a live stream via the Sky Go website or app.
Live blog: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Nizaar Kinsella will be providing expert analysis from the ground.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea team news
Bournemouth XI: Neto, Aarons, Zabarnyi, Kelly, Kerkez, Christie, Cook, Ouattara, Billing, Tavernier, Solanke
Subs: Brooks, Rothwell, Smith, Sinisterra, Kluivert, Andrei Radu, Traore, Semenyo, Senesi
Chelsea XI: Sanchez, Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill, Gallagher, Ugochukwu, Sterling, Fernandez, Mudryk, Jackson
Subs: Palmer, Chilwell, Petrovic, Maatsen, Washington, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Matos, Stutter
Bournemouth vs Chelsea prediction
The Cherries are yet to win under new management despite showing some promise themselves. Still, Chelsea surely have to win and certainly have the quality to do so.
Chelsea to win 3-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Bournemouth wins: 5
Chelsea wins: 13
Bournemouth vs Chelsea latest odds
Bournemouth to win: 10/3
Chelsea to win: 4/5
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.