Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Bournemouth

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  • Chelsea victorious in 11 straight matches
  • Cherries unbeaten vs. Blues in PL (1W, 1D)
  • Costa leads PL with 13 goals 

The league leaders Chelsea will host Bournemouth from Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day at 10 a.m. ET (Watch on CNBC, or on NBCSports.com).

With the sides only meeting for the third time in the Premier League Era, the Blues will not only be looking to extend their 11-match win streak against the Cherries but also find their first PL win over Bournemouth.

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Diego Costa continues his warpath for the Blues with a league-leading 13 goals in 17 matches this season, while Eden Hazard has truly picked up his form from a season ago with eight finishes of his own. Meanwhile, the backline has been nothing short of brilliant since Antonio Conte changed to the 3-4-3 formation, with Chelsea allowing a mere two goals in their last 11 league fixtures.

The Cherries currently sit in the 10th place as the season nears its halfway point, but they’ll need to be on top of their game on Monday. Bournemouth has had its share of ups and downs thus far in 2016, most notably with Eddie Howe‘s side following up its historic 4-3 win over Liverpool with a defeat at Burnley.

The Bournemouth backline will have its hands full with Costa and co. in the Chelsea attack, and they’ll have to make some changes from previous matches after conceding 28 times so far this season.

What they’re saying

Antonio Conte on the pressure of being Premier League leaders“No, I prefer to have good pressure and stay at the top of the table. We earned this position and now it’s important to keep this position. It won’t be easy. To arrive at Christmas and open the newspaper and see you are top of the table is fantastic. If you asked me this before, I must be honest, it was a bit difficult to trust to be top of the table at Christmas, but the players deserve this.”

Eddie Howe on playing fearless against Chelsea“We will try and come back a better team from it, we need to do better really and it’s a good challenge for us this weekend. It will be a tough game and the run they’ve been on has been really impressive. They’re solid at the back and free flowing going forward, but we can go into the game with confidence and we have nothing to lose.”

Prediction

The Blues just keep on winning, and the Cherries could very be the next victim for the PL leaders. Although Chelsea isn’t lighting up the scoresheet in their most recent wins, Conte’s side has been a defensive stalwart since making the change to the 3-4-3, causing opposition significant distress in front of goal. Chelsea 3-1 Bournemouth