EPL: While Chelsea Must Win Bournemouth in EPL Fixture Reviewed
The result from the Carabao Cup match between Chelsea vs Everton has put the 2014/15 winners into the quarter-finals of the competition for the 21st time. The draw, the first by a major English competition revealed through Twitter (albeit delayed), set up a repeat of tomorrow’s game, but at Stamford Bridge.
The two sides last met in the League Cup in 1994/95 – a 2-0 aggregate victory for the west Londoners. Chelsea have progressed to the semi’s final from five of the eight quarter-finals reached since 2004/05. Chelsea Dorset opponents have reached this stage once before, losing to Liverpool in 2014.
The pairing will please Conte as he aims spread the workload around again and against fine opponents. The head coach noted after the Everton clash that in order to impress and develop it is important younger members of his squad are involved in ‘tough’ games and not just ‘soft’ ones.
Just under a quarter of the way through the Premier League season, title-holders Chelsea are three points short of the total at the same stage of the last campaign and seven down on 2014/15, but five better off than in 2014/15. Bournemouth are five points adrift of the same time last season, when they finished ninth.
Also on Saturday there is plenty of interest for Blues fans in the FIFA U17 World Cup final, which takes place at 15.30 UK time and is live on BBC2 and Eurosport. Four Chelsea youngsters played the whole of England’s 3-1 semi-final victory over Brazil – Marc Guehi, George McEachran, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jon Panzo, with Conor Gallagher who is also in the squad missing that match through injury. They must now beat Spain U17s to lift the trophy for the first time.
While Chelsea Must Win Bournemouth in EPL Fixture Reviewed in Few Talking Points
The forecast is for unseasonal warmth by the seaside on Saturday, but Chelsea will be playing it cool. The champions’ only previous kick-off this season in this time slot was the chastening home defeat by league leaders Manchester City. This match, the first on the road since the surprise setback at Crystal Palace, follows three successive home games, each in a different competition.
After this weekend the Blues will have played all three current occupants of the relegation slots in successive domestic fixtures. Only Palace have been in worse form over the past 10 Premier League matches than this weekend’s hosts, Bournemouth, who are ranked 18th best on home soil.There is no room for complacency, as the Eagles proved. That loss in London SE25 ended a run of six successive away wins in all competitions for Antonio Conte’s men. Despite that the Blues should be confident, having the third best record on the road behind Manchester City and Tottenham.