AntonioConte’smenwillbelookingtoextendtheirwinningrunto12straightPremierleaguewinsandtightenthegriponthetitlechallengeastheypreparetofaceinconsistentBournemouthatStamfordBridgeonBoxingDayround。

CanChelseadoit?

ElevenPremierLeaguetriumphsonthetrotclaimtheycan,butAntonioContecannotaffordtodreamofthetitleinhisdebutseasoninthecompetition。

TheItalianmadeaswifttransitionfromItalianfootballtophysicallydemandinggameontheIsland,andalthoughhehitacoupleofbumpsontheroadatthebeginning,ConteisdoingremarkablywellattheStamfordBridge。

HistacticaldiversityandknowledgecametoplaystraightawayastheItalian’sswitchto3-4-3yieldedfantasticresultsandmadeBluesimpenetrableattheback。

Chelseaarecomingofffromthree1-0winsoverWestBrom,SunderlandandCrystalPalacelasttimeoutandalthoughsomefanswouldarguethatChelseaarescrapingthrough,theresilienceandcharacterareatfulldisplayfromthetoughConte’sside。

DiegoCostahasbeenthemantowatchthisseasonastheSpanishinternationalextendedhisgoaltallyatSelhurstParkto13goalsthisseason。

Costaalsohas5assiststohisnameandisturningintothemostvaluableassetforAntonioConte’sside。

BluesforwardDiegoCostawillbeforcedtositthroughthegameagainstBournemouththroughsuspension,togetherwithN’GoloKante。

JohnTerryandMarcovanGinkelareruledoutwithinjuries,whereasthereisadoubtoverthefitnessofEdenHazardwhoisstillhavingproblemswithhisknee。

InconsistentBournemouth

IthasbeenafairlysuccessfulseasonsofarforBournemouthwhoaresittingcomfortablyinthemiddleofthestandingswith21pointsnexttotheirnameafter17rounds。

EddieHowe’smenhavebeenoneofthemostpleasantsurprisesinthetoptierthistermafterfinishing16thlastseason。

TheCherrieshavebeenalternatingbetweenwinsanddefeatsoverthelastsevenPremierLeaguematchesandthetriptoStamfordBridgecomesattheworsttimepossibleasitofferslittlehopethatHowe’smenwillbeabletobouncebackfromthe3-1defeatatthehandsofSouthamptonlasttimeout。

BournemouthareturningintoarespectableandstablePremierLeaguesideandwillhaveEddieHowtothankfor。

TheclubiscurrentlylookingforareastobuildtheirnewstadiumatastheBoardislookingforacapacityincreaseby3,000。

Bournemoutharecurrentlypayingmillionsofpoundsinstadiumrentandtheirownvenuewouldbeagreatboostfortheclub’sfinancials。

ChelsealoaneeNathanielAke,whoisnegotiatingadealforapermanentBournemouthstay,isineligibletofaceparentclub,whereasthevisitorswillbewithoutJuniorStanislas,AndrewSurmanandLewisCook,whoareallcarryinginjuries。

Verdict

ChelseaarekeentoextendtheirwinningPremierLeaguerunto12leaguegamesandwearepronetopredictthatinconsistentBournemouthwillnotbetheonestostopthem。

AntonioConte’smenareinexcellentformandwillbelookingtogivetheirfanstheperfectChristmasgiftatStamfordBridge。

Toppick:Chelsea/Chelsea?

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10(11/10)@Coral

Alternativepick1:ChelseatowintoNil?

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Alternativepick2:Bothteamstoscore–No?

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