CFCnet’s predicted Chelsea line up vs Bournemouth tonight is as strong as Maurizio Sarri can pick, but the thinking is that Emerson will replace the out of sorts Marcos Alonso at left-back. The Brazilian was impressive in the Carabao Cup semi-final victory and Alonso got a full game against Sheff Wed last Sunday.
The Chelsea starting XI is all but certain to include Gonzalo Higuain up-front, but for the first time he will have Eden Hazard playing off him which could set the Argentine up for his Premier League debut goal on the south coast.
Maurizio Sarri’s comments to the press yesterday that Callum Hudson-Odoi would be staying at Chelsea will have come as a huge relief for Blues fans, but his warning that the 18-year old won’t be promised more game time come true for the trip to Bournemouth – Hudson-Odoi is dropped to the bench despite his goal last weekend.
CFCnet’s predicted Chelsea line up needs to deliver three points at the Cherries today with Arsenal winning yesterday, Sarri’s side need to open up that gap to keep one step ahead of their London rivals in the race for the top four.
How Chelsea Could Line Up Against Bournemouth
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson
Midfield: Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante
Attack: Willian, Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain