Chelsea vs Bournemouth LIVE Football Score 27/12/2022

Chelsea vs Bournemouth LIVE Football Score 27/12/2022

Chelsea will be out to snap a miserable three-game losing run in the Premier League when they resume top-flight duties against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening. The Blues went into the World Cup break languishing in eighth in the table, while the Cherries have surged to 14th spot but are still in danger of being dragged into the demotion dogfight. From going unbeaten in their first nine games under Graham Potter to suffering four defeats from their last five competitive fixtures before the World Cup break, the new manager bounce has well and truly worn off for a goal-shy Chelsea outfit.

Progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners has been a small silver lining amid the backdrop of dismal domestic fortunes, with the Blues going out of the EFL Cup in the third round to Manchester City and suffering successive Premier League losses against Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal and Newcastle United. The addition of a winter friendly with Aston Villa did not spark a turnaround in fortunes for Chelsea either, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Unai Emery’s men to leave them without so much as a draw from their last four competitive and non-competitive matches, during which time they have failed to score a single goal.

Eight points separate Chelsea from a place in the top four of the Premier League table, but they are only two clear of a potential place in the bottom half, and question marks are already hanging over the head of Potter regarding his long-term future at Stamford Bridge. Not since the days of Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli in 1998 have Chelsea suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats, although runaway leaders Arsenal are the only side to both beat and keep a clean sheet against the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the current Premier League season.

A similar story to that of Potter has befallen Gary O’Neil, who also embarked on an impressive unbeaten run after taking the reins at the Vitality Stadium before the defeats arrived in abundance, but the 39-year-old did enough to convince the Cherries board that he was deserving of a permanent contract.

Bill Foley’s recent £120m takeover has also led to a new wave of optimism surrounding future transfer business, and two successive wins over Everton in the EFL Cup and Premier League by a 7-1 aggregate scoreline saw Bournemouth enter the World Cup break on the highest of highs.

Bournemouth were back in competitive action on Tuesday, making the daunting trip to Newcastle United to reunite with Eddie Howe in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, but only a 67th-minute Adam Smith own goal could separate the two sides in a 1-0 success for the Magpies.

Attention now turns back to the Premier League for the Cherries, who have suffered a disheartening three losses on the bounce away from home in the top flight and are winless in five on rival turf, where their tally of 24 goals conceded represents the worst of its kind in the division. However, recent history favours those in red and black, as Bournemouth are unbeaten in three Premier League games with Chelsea – winning two and drawing one between 2019 and 2020 – and the South Coast contingent braving the chilly journey to the capital have every reason to believe that such a streak may continue.

As if Chelsea were not already starved of attacking guile, the Blues lost Armando Broja to a season-ending ACL injury during their friendly with Aston Villa, and he will be one of at least seven guaranteed absentees for the Blues on Tuesday.

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic will be given more time to recover after the World Cup, while Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also in the treatment room.

Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga could recover from calf and foot problems in time to make the squad, but only the former is said to have a good chance of shaking off his concern, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be out to score for the second time against Bournemouth on Boxing Day after doing so for Arsenal in 2019.

Bournemouth boss O’Neil has also been working with a ravaged squad for different reasons, as between eight and 10 players fell victim to a virus before the meeting with Newcastle, including Ben Pearson, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks.

O’Neil was still able to call upon a good chunk of his settled first XI at St James’ Park, although Neto and David Brooks are out until the New Year, while Jefferson Lerma, Lloyd Kelly and Marcus Tavernier will all need last-minute fitness tests.

The Cherries coach expects Lerma to bounce back from a sore knee in time for Tuesday’s match, where Jaidon Anthony should deputise on the left if Tavernier – who has both scored and assisted in his last two Premier League games – is not passed fit.

After a difficult start of the season that led American owner Todd Boehly to replace former coach Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter, Chelsea need to attack the second part of the season in a different way. The Blues are currently ninth in the Premier League table with 21 points after 14 matches and failed to win in the last five matches before the break. It will be crucial for the home side to start off well and win against Bournemouth, a team that’s only scored 16 points after 14 matches, but as of now are safe from relegation. Here’s what you need to know:

New coach Graham Potter needs to see a reaction from his team after a disappointing end of the first part of the season before the World Cup break when Chelsea struggled, in part because of injuries injuries, and only picked up two points in the last five Premier League matches. The club decided to start a new cycle under coach Potter after he left Brighton in the middle of the season and trust him a lot, but he also needs to deliver results as soon as possible and will definitely be under pressure in the coming weeks.

The Blues were interested in signing a striker in January even before the injury of striker Armando Broja who’s set to miss the rest of the season after sustaining an ACL injury. Considering the issues of the team to score goals it’s now even more likely that there will be an investment there next month when the transfer window will officially open. At the same time, the club has already signed 20 years-old David Datro Fofana from Molde for around €12 million according to CBS insider Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea are currently ninth in the table with 21 points scored after 14 matches. Up to now they’ve only won six games, drawn three and lost five. The most worrying factor is that Chelsea only scored 17 goals (also conceded 17) and need to find solutions to score more in the second part of the season.

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