EPL: Chelsea battle tricky Bournemouth

The Blues have yet to drop a point under new manager Maurizio Sarri, but their opponents are also in good form after making an unbeaten start to the campaign and have a good recent record at this ground

Chelsea vs. Bournemouth
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick off: 3PM

Chelsea will be looking to make it four Premier League wins from four when they welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
The Blues have yet to drop a point under new manager Maurizio Sarri, but their opponents are also in good form after making an unbeaten start to the campaign and have a good recent record at this ground.
Starting a tenure in winning style never seems to be much of a problem for Chelsea managers in the modern day; keeping players on their side beyond a couple of years is the trickier task.
Sarri could become the fourth Chelsea manager to win his first four matches in charge of the Blues on Saturday, joining Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti in achieving that feat.
The Italian has hit the ground running with wins over Huddersfield Town, Arsenal and most recently Newcastle United.
The one thing Chelsea cannot afford to do, though, is take their eye off the ball.
No reminder is needed that Bournemouth claimed a shock 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in January, 25 months on from a 1-0 triumph there in their maiden Premier League campaign.
No side has beaten the Blues more often on their own patch than the Cherries over the past three seasons, in fact, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Crystal Palace also prevailing twice.
This fixture has a banana skin feel to it, then, but if Chelsea can pick up the win it will be the sixth time that they have kicked off a Premier League season with 12 points from 12. Only on one of those previous occasions have they failed to lift the title nine months later.
On the other hand, Bournemouth remained unbeaten after four games, beating Cardiff City and West Ham United in the top flight and drawing with Everton, before seeing off MK Dons with a 3-0 win on home soil in midweek.

Chelsea possible XI: Kepa; Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Pedro.
Bournemouth possible XI: Begovic, Smith, Cook, Ake, Daniels, Brooks, Lerma, Surman, Fraser, Wilson, King.

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