Bournemouth v Chelsea Betting Tips
It’s been quite the ride for Bournemouth over the last five years or so.
After becoming used to competing in the lower reaches of the Football League the Cherries have established themselves in the Premier League, securing some huge results along the way.
Top of most Bournemouth fans’ list of big wins was their 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in 2015. With Chelsea a long way from their best so far, Bournemouth have another chance for an eye-catching win at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday’s evening game.
Is Bournemouth’s Improvement Enough to See Off Conte’s Men?
Antonio Conte has cut a dejected figure in recent weeks so it was great for Chelsea fans to see him celebrating with the same passion of last season during last weekend’s 4-2 win over Watford.
But when Conte looks at that match in the cold light of day he’ll know that his team were more than a little fortunate to pick up all three points.
Chelsea were very shaky at the back and were it not for Watford missing a couple of sitters, the mood at the club would be very different than it currently is.
While the mood at Chelsea is fragile, Bournemouth have shown their strength this season. Results haven’t matched the Cherries’ performances but they continued to remain positive and put in the hard work on the training ground which bore fruit with last weekend’s win away to Stoke.
Chelsea, of course, represents a very different test to Stoke but we still think Bournemouth will be able to make a game of this in front of the BT Sports cameras.
The away side are rightfully the favourites but Bournemouth are certainly good enough to warrant backing them with a +2 goal handicap at 4/9 with BetVictor.
Howe’s Flexibility Key for Bournemouth
Bournemouth as a club are still learning about life in the Premier League and the same is true of their manager, Eddie Howe. The 39-year-old has been criticised for supposed tactical naivety and there is no question that his progressive style of football has resulted in some humbling defeats over the last couple of seasons.
However, Howe is proving this season that he is much more than a one-trick pony.
Alongside his trusted coaching staff, Howe realised things were wrong after four opening defeats and Bournemouth have been noticeably better organised in defence since their 3-0 loss against Arsenal.
With things improving in defence, Howe has steadily allowed his attacking players to get on the ball and create chances. That resulted in two goals against Stoke and should result in at least one goal against Chelsea.
We also think that Chelsea will get on the scoresheet as their frightening attacking talent is capable of breaking through even the most stubborn defences so make sure to back both teams to score at 5/7 with 888Sport.
Stats Suggest Goals
Given that we fancy both Bournemouth and Chelsea to score you won’t be surprised to read that we expect a fair amount of goals at the Vitality Stadium. The stats also suggest that will be the case.
All of Chelsea’s away games in the Premier League have yielded three or more goals this season while half of Bournemouth’s home games have provided over 2.5 goals. It’s also worth considering that Bournemouth have conceded five more goals in the second half than the first and that they’ve generally started games well at home.
There are a couple of ways to try and profit from this knowledge.
Firstly, we like the look of the 17/4 that Ladbrokes are quoting on Bournemouth winning the first half. It’ll be hard for the Cherries to hold out but they’re definitely capable of starting well at home.
Secondly, back the second half to have over 1.5 goals at 4/5 with Coral.
And finally, take the 8/15 that Sportingbet are offering on Chelsea scoring the game’s final goal.