Bournemouth was expected to be facing relegation six-pointers this season, but their Saturday hosts at Stamford Bridge were surely not. (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).
Chelsea, however, will go another step toward restoring a level of sanity to their season if they can pick up three points against the plucky Cherries.
The clubs have only met four times in the history of football, and this is their first match-up since 1994 in the League Cup. The Cherries have one win to Chelsea’s three.
Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Arter, Gosling, Surman, Ritchie, Stanislas, King. Subs: Allsop, Cargill, Butcher, O’Kane, Kermorgant, Murray, Rantie.