Chelsea v Bournemouth tips – Blues could let loose against leaky Cherries

Blues could let loose against leaky Cherries

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Betting Tip: Chelsea -2.00 @ 13/5 with ladbrokes

Jose Mourinho thinks that December could be a defining month in what has thus far been a difficult season for Chelsea.

The Blues are effectively out of the title running after accruing just fifteen points from fourteen games, although there are green shoots of recovery starting to show after a 1-0 win over Norwich and then a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

Including a 4-0 win away to Maccabi Tel Aviv, it has been three consecutive clean sheets for Chelsea and they will be confident of slaying a Bournemouth team who have been conceding plenty of goals since the season started.

Yes, the Cherries were impressive when recovering to draw 3-3 at home to Everton last weekend, although they were equally as culpable when blowing a 2-0 lead at Swansea the previous weekend to land a point from that game too.

You can’t knock Bournemouth’s fantastic team spirit, nor Eddie Howe’s insistence on playing attractive football in a bid to pick up the right results.

However, thirty goals have been shipped in fourteen games, so the prospect of them shutting out Eden Hazard and Co on Saturday looks a remote one, with five defeats occurring in seven away matches for the south coast club.

Perhaps it will be time for Chelsea to cut loose and demonstrate that ruthless streak that saw them win the title at a canter last season.

Eden Hazard is about to start scoring plenty of goals and live up to the moniker of second best player in the world, a tag that Mourinho was awarding to him before the season began.

Diego Costa might even stop being petulant for enough time to put in a shift as the top-class centre forward he is.

Betting Tip: Chelsea -2.00 @ 13/5 with ladbrokes

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