It’s been an exciting start to the season for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. They have won all three of their matches so far, and ‘Sarriball’ looks to be taking shape nicely. Their opponents are comeback kings Bournemouth, who have seven points on the board from their opening three.
The Cherries have won two of their last three league trips to Stamford Bridge, and Eddie Howe will see no reason why he can’t add to that tally on Saturday; their resilience to come from behind and earn four points from the West Ham and Everton games will give them massive believe going into this.
Chelsea followed-up their entertaining 3-2 win over Arsenal with a dogged 2-1 away victory against Newcastle, and I’m expecting an Arsenal-esque open game on Saturday. Both sides don’t fully convince me at the back – particularly Bournemouth – so I’m backing both teams to score.
Bournemouth won 21 points from losing positions last season – six more than anyone else in the league – which is a truly remarkable stat. It shows they have resilience in abundance, but also that they fall behind in matches…a lot.
With Eden Hazard back in the frame, and Pedro bedding into Sarri’s system nicely, they will be eyeing up a fast start against Bournemouth.
The Cherries to fall behind looks like a very safe bet indeed, although I’m looking for more value, so I am instead backing Chelsea to be leading after 30 minutes.
One man who will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing this leaky Bournemouth defence is Pedro. The Spaniard has scored twice already this season, and is tailor made for a Sarri system on the right side of the front three.
He and Eden Hazard look to be Chelsea’s main goal threats – particularly with Alvaro Morata looking unlikely to be prolific – and Chelsea will create plenty of chances under their new boss. Pedro has scored twice against Bournemouth in the past, and I’m backing him to add to this tally and score at any time on Saturday.