#AFCB v #CFC: The haves v the have nots, predictions, stats and stories

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At the start of the Premier League season we all know where we thought AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea were going to be come the Dec 5th Premier League fixture. Chelsea would be vying for top spot and the Cherries would be trying to avoid bottom spot.

AFC Bournemouth are where the ‘experts’ predicted we would be while Chelsea haven’t quite reached the heady heights expected of them. The gap between the two teams is just four places, shames that isn’t 3rd and 7th, but once again out come the ‘experts’ to predict that this game is finally the game that Chelsea show their true selfs and give AFC Bournemouth a right tonking.

This might well turn out to be the case, but it’s such an easy prediction to make it’s f**king boring. What have Chelsea done this season to justify an easy 6-1 thrashing of the team with the joint worse defensive record in the Premier League.

We will have more opinion on this in our ‘MATCHDAY’ post tomorrow. But here’s what the experts, media and statisticians have to say.

Mourinho keen to extend run and get Chelsea back on track

Jose Mourinho has called on his players to produce a positive result against Bournemouth on Saturday and extend their unbeaten run to a season’s best of four games.

Chelsea without key trio for Bournemouth tie, Costa could return to starting XI

GOALKEEPER Thibaut Courtois is in contention to return following a three-month absence when Chelsea host Bournemouth in the Premier League

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth stats and facts

Chelsea have won 60%, drawn 25% and lost 15% of their last 20 home games. Bournemouth have won 45%, drawn 15% and lost 40% of their last 20 away games.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe looking forward to Chelsea test after draw with Everton boosts confidence in his squad

Howe believes his players have been buoyed by that performance and are ready to take on Jose Mourinho’s below-par defending champions.

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter: ‘Martin Keown says we need to change our style. I’m baffled by that’

Arter never doubted his ability to make it to the top, though; he just needed a manager willing to give him a chance.

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