MATCHDAY: Will AFC Bournemouth perform a Xmas miracle and repeat their historic win at Stafford Bridge

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Chelsea, top of the league and eleven League wins in a row, what could possibly go wrong?

AFC Bournemouth are coming to town looking to repeat their success of last season. And, hopefully, it’s not unlucky 13, but we are looking to make it unlucky number 12. A winning streak has to come to an end, and often it comes when least expected.

Everyone will be expecting Chelsea to beat Bournemouth, remember the experts are not experts for no reason, but, this is what they said last year. To assist the mighty Cherries Chelsea have their leading goalscorer and midfield enforcer sitting out the game. But, AFC Bournemouth have their very own on-loan Chelsea star sat out as well.


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ADAM SMITH IN THE RIGHT POSITION

No Nathan Ake means a reshuffle in defence and the return of Adam Smith back to his rightful place, right-back. Or, will Howe do something left-field and play Mings at right-back. Seems unlikely.

The back four will be from the days of old, Smith, Francis, Cook and Daniels, with Arter and Gosling providing the midfiled cover. So who should we have in attack?
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TIME FOR IBE TO SHINE

We reckon Ibe has spent enough time on the bench and needs to get off his ass and start showing what he’s all about. We had glimpses of how good he can be against Liverpool, more of the same please. Even if we can only get a good hour out of him he could make the difference.

Wilshire needs to get back to the middle of the midfield three and thread/fire balls through to his mate Afobe. A big game against one of his parent clubs rivals will be the perfect platform to score his first goal for Bournemouth. It’s got to happen soon.
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Eddie Howe reckons we can win, he said “If you have done it once, you can do it again”.

More ominously Chelsea manager Conte said, ‘I have studied Bournemouth and they are a good team with good organisation. They always try to play from the back and put on good pressure.’

NO MURRAY, NO GLORY

Last season Glenn Murray was on hand to nod home Steve Cook’s falling down volley. Offside? Who f**king cares, the goal stood and onto the three points and a famous victory. We would love these to be routine victory’s, one day, maybe one day.

No Murray this year, he’s banging them in for Brighton and Eddie Howe has stated that he won’t be leaving his loan early, but he hinted that he may be sold in the January transfer window. We reckon we should get him back and give him another go. Relive his and one AFC Bournemouth’s great moments again, and again, and again, and again, and again.

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TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON

If there were two players Chelsea would least like to play without, it would be Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante. That’s what they’re faced with against Bournemouth, but I still think they will be too strong. You’re never too sure about Bournemouth: one minute they’re getting slaughtered by Southampton at home and then before that they beat Liverpool and Leicester. Costa and Kante will be missed but Chelsea have picked up the habit of winning games.

CHELSEA 1-0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH


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