Chelsea v Bournemouth EFL Cup betting preview and tips
Chelsea are not likely to win the Premier League title this season despite a recent win over Manchester City, with Maurizio Sarri’s side having suffered away defeats to Tottenham and Wolves which you simply can’t afford if you are to challenge for this trophy.
The Europa League remains a viable aim and it’s little surprise to see the London side in the groove as far as a last 32 spot is concerned, while the EFL Cup is definitely a big runner now that the Blues have reached the last eight and now have a winnable home clash.
Sarri has selected strong teams for previous matches against Liverpool and Derby, with Chelsea triumphing at Anfield against the odds and it’s clear that this now represents the best chance of silverware.
Eddie Howe remains preoccupied with Premier League matters at Bournemouth and tends to show little appetite for cup competitions, with the Cherries preferring to focus on accruing enough points to steer well clear of the drop zone in the top flight this season.
A reserve Bournemouth side managed to overcome Norwich in the previous round although it was hardly convincing and relied a little on first-team players Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson coming off the bench to help the team over the line.
With a busy Christmas on the horizon for a squad without a huge amount of depth, we think that Howe is likely to field a weakened side and they will be up against Chelsea players looking to make an impression on the manager.
Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud are hovering on the periphery, with Chelsea having experience of winning games in the Europa League with a reduced team and we’re expecting them to have their noses in front by half-time.
Chelsea HT FT @ 1.83 with bet365