Another Premier League clash in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup and one you must think Eddie Howe will be going all-out to win. The Cherries come into the game off the back of six losses and just the one win from their last seven, not a healthy run of form ahead of such a big game. Form abs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and don’t forget there is more value for you with our selection of EFL Cup enhanced odds.
Bournemouth In Freefall
Bournemouth are in horrendous form having lost six of seven matches since their last fixture in this competition, with that sole victory coming in a narrow 2-1 win at home to Huddersfield.
Their cause isn’t helped by the absences of defenders Simon Francis, Tyrone Mings and Adam Smith, while midfielders Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook are also missing.
However, although they’ve faced a tough schedule, defeats to the likes of United, City, Arsenal and Liverpool are probably pretty indicative of how this fixture will play out.
For all the deserved plaudits Eddie Howe receives for producing aesthetically pleasing football week in week out, going toe-to-toe with opponents that have better players has its consequences.
Bad Record Away To Big Six
The Cherries have gone W2-D2-L18 across all competitions in their away matches to ‘Big Six’ sides since their promotion, while home or away they’ve lost 16 of 18 games against such teams since the start of last season – including all five this term.
Their ambitious approach has led to open encounters with plenty of goals, with 11 of the last 13 versus ‘Big Six’ opponents at any venue witnessing at least three strikes.
Meanwhile, 13 of their last 15 matches against anyone have gone over that threshold, as six of these games saw a minimum of four strikes.
Chelsea Injury Concerns
The Blues have seen plenty of goals across their last 15 fixtures too. 11 saw at least three goals as eight saw four or more, while Maurizio Sarri’s team have netted at least twice in each of their victories in the league this term.
Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard are injury doubts, meaning that Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro will almost certainly provide Maurizio Sarri with his front three for this clash. Giroud has only played 326 minutes across all competitions since the start of November, but he’s still managed to net five times (65.2 minutes per goal) as he’s proven more than just an adequate back-up to the first team.
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