Chelsea will want to get back out on a Premier League pitch as soon as possible having had to stew over their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest over the international break. They face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium at 2pm on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. We’ve put together a bet builder to try and find you a winner.
Chelsea are not looking like the team we thought they would be after another summer splurge and with a new manager in the dugout. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have only beaten Luton Town at home in the league in their opening four matches, losing to West Ham and Nottingham Forest.
But they have an abundance of attacking quality, and they should be able to find the net here. Raheem Sterling has been electric so far, while Nicolas Jackson looks like a dangerous forward. With two weeks on the training ground and no European football, Pochettino’s side should improve as the season progresses – but the defensive frailties we have seen so far this season still exist. BTTS seems like a sensible shout.
Dom Solanke to score anytime
Bournemouth have had a mixed start to the season but they have scored five goals in their past two matches in all competitions. They were moments away from securing an impressive victory at Brentford before Bryan Mbeumo’s late equaliser and are starting to get going under Andoni Iraola.
Their main man is still Dom Solanke and he has scored twice so far this term, including against the Bees last time out. After a rest over the international break, he should be fit and firing and can score against a Chelsea defence lacking in confidence.
Double chance Bournemouth or draw
Chelsea offer absolutely no certainties this season, and the 8/11 on them to win the game feels incredibly short. They’ve not been great on the road so far this season, and Bournemouth are starting to impress. For this pick, I’d rather side with a double chance of Bournemouth and draw, rather than pick Pochettino’s men to win the match.
Enzo Fernandez to be carded
Chelsea’s tough tackling midfielder offers good value when it comes to the card market. He’s been booked five times in his 22 appearances in the Premier League, but has already picked up two in four when you narrow that down to this campaign. He’s made four tackles and five fouls, while his style of play is always going to leave him exposed to a booking. Add this on to make up a 12/1 #PickYourPunt.