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Chelsea vs Bournemouth: David vs Goliath

The Premier League has already begun. Considered by many football fans to be one of the most prestigious championships in Europe (the top championship according to UEFA), the Premier League, formerly known as the Football League is the most popular competition in the world with more than a billion viewers.

The competition takes place annually, from August to May of the following year in the form of a championship involving twenty professional clubs (also shareholders of the Premier League) which each play 38 games. At the end of the season, the one who finished at the top is crowned champion, the 3 following teams are qualified for the European competitions organized by UEFA. The 3 teams with the lowest number of points are relegated to the EFL Championship, which is the lowest level.

For this 28th day of the Premier League 2019/2020, Bournemouth will host their return fixture against Chelsea, fourth in the championship.

Chelsea: A solid team that makes mistakes

Actually ranked 4th of the Premier League 2019/2020, Chelsea is on the verge to finish 1st of this championship according to the betting odds of the Premier League. With no less than 6 championship titles (the last one which was in 2017), Chelsea has all the chances to rise the title and secure a place in next season’s Europe competitions. To reach their goal, the club must not lose any points.

However, Chelsea is an orphan. As the LOSC, the Blues had to let go their main player, Eden Hazard, for Real Madrid. For more than 7 years that the Belgian genius has spent in the capital of England, he has exploded all the statistics (110 goals and 96 assists). To replace him Chelsea bet on the American player Christian Pulisic, one of the rising stars of the football world and a former player of Dortmund FC. But the results do not follow due to the player’s lack of success in front of the net. He will need to do all of his power to ensure that his team do not lose points.

One of the team’s other weaknesses is the ban on recruiting that looms over their head until the next transfer window for violating FIFA’s rules on the recruitment of minors. This is a big mess for the club which will no longer be able to boost their squad.

The Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, can however count on the French stricker Olivier Giroud who came back with a goal after almost 3 months at the bench.

Bournemouth: The scary 16th

As announced in the title, Bournemouth FC is actually ranked 16th in the 2019/2020 Premier League. After their first participation in the Premier League which dates from 2015, the team still stands out as an opponent who can be really dangerous when it gets started.

However, the Bournemouth FC who has managed to beat Chelsea (1-0) in the 1st leg of their confrontation (which ended up their 5 defeats on the row), has faced another failure against Burnley FC (3-0, with Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil as scorers) during the 27th day. All those performances have not reassured fans at all. To avoid relegation, the club will have to put more effort in their following games.

After the disaster against Burnley FC, the coach of the reds and blacks said some worlds to the journalists: “It’s been a really difficult run, a lot of soul searching has gone one, he started, we’ve lost a lot of players due to injuries and we had to step up to a really tough test. We had to come up with something slightly different because if you do the same things you get the same result. Our goalkeeper at the other end made some big saves”.

As you will notice, the Bournemouth will do all possible to save their defense and go for the draw. And for our colleagues the odds from sports.bwin.be, the chances for the game to finish with a draw is 9.00.

Gonzalo Higuain Opens Up on Mixed Chelsea Spell

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain believes that his spell with Chelsea was not that bad. The Argentine joined the Blues in January 2019 on a short-term loan deal. He arrived at a time during which the Blues were struggling to get goals up front. Alvaro Morata had been struggling for form whilst Olivier Giroud was always relied upon as a back-up option and never really viewed as someone to lead the line for the club on a regular basis.

Frank Lampard Focuses on the Positives From Man City Defeat

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that his side can take plenty of positives from their 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday. The result meant that the Blues recent good run of form came to an end. They can however still hold their heads eye as they were largely competitive against the reigning Champions of England. The game also proved that they are pretty much capable of being competitive against any top side in the World. Prior to this season, many expected the West Londoners to struggle for a top four finish, let alone be competitive against the best sides.

Abraham Keen To Learn From England Striker

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has revealed that he is keen to learn from Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane. Abraham and Kane were selected as teammates for England’s most recent squad. Both players went on to find the back of the net during their country’s 7-0 mauling of Montenegro last Thursday. Kane netted a hattrick while Abraham managed to bag his first national team goal during the 84th minute.

Chelsea Lining Up Potential Moves For Two Strikers

Chelsea are reportedly lining up moves for two strikers during the January transfer window, according to a report which was published by The Sun. As things stand, the Blues will not be allowed to make any signings during the January transfer window in lieu of their two-window transfer ban. They do however plan to appeal the ban and could be set to make signings if they do so to bolster their squad ahead of the second half of the season.

Chelsea Goalkeeper Named as One of 10 Yashin Trophy Contenders

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named as one of the ten contenders for the first Ballon d’Or for goalkeepers, the Yashin Trophy.

The Yashin Trophy was unveiled as part of the main Ballon d’Or award this year. It was announced last month by the organiser of this awarding body that the keeper’s Ballon d’Or will be given for the very first time this year.

The award is named after the Soviet international goalie Lev Yashin. He was the only goalkeeper to have won the main Ballon d’Or back in 1963.

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The Spanish keeper got the 2019 Europa League at the end of the season as a Blues player. He is joined by three other goalies from the Premier League, Alisson Becker from Liverpool, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Ederson Moraes from Manchester City.

Completing the list are Samir Handonovic from Inter Milan, Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Ajax pride, Andre Onana, Juventus Wojciech Szczesny, and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard is also listed for the main Ballon d’Or award. He joined by 29 other players across the globe. If he get to win this award, he will be named as a Chelsea player as he had played during the first half of the year before leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.

Winners for the Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy will be on December 2 in Paris.

France Manager Issues Ultimatum to Blues Striker

French national team boss Didier Deschamps believes that striker Olivier Giroud must play more football on a club level. The veteran has been deprived of game time for Chelsea this season as manager Frank Lampard has opted to deploy the young Tammy Abraham as his first-choice striker. On paper, the Englishman warrants being the Blues first-choice option to lead the line and he has so far been stellar, even drawing comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba.

“You know, Olivier suffers his situation. Before January, nothing will move,” Deschamps told a press conference as reported by Sky Sports. 

“After, it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.

“But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well.

“He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds.”

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Giroud has been in good form for France

Even though he has lacked game time for Chelsea, Giroud has been in good form for country recently. The 33-year-old found the back of the net during his sides 1-1 draw against Turkey on Monday and the goal was his third in four games. He also managed to bag the winner for the 2018 World Cup Champions during their victory against Iceland last Friday.

It is hard to see Giroud departing Chelsea in January

The probability of Giroud leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season is high but it is unlikely that he will leave the club during the January transfer window. Chelsea need an apt back-up option to Abraham and letting Giroud leave could be problematic as it could leave them short of options.

The Blues will likely not be able to sign any new recruits in January in lieu of their two-window transfer ban.

Giroud will play an important role for France in the European Championships

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Even if he struggles to gain game time for the Blues, it will be hard to see Deschamps leaving Giroud out of his 2020 European Championship squad. The player offers plenty of experience and is still a good impact substitute even though he may not be as effective as a starter. The French will be favourites to win the Euros for the first time since 2000.