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Chelsea Team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

6:30 PM IST 01/09/18
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The Blues have won all their league games so far this season and they will play their final match before the international break on Saturday

Chelsea have had the perfect start to their season with three wins in their last three games as they prepare to take on Bournemouth on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues went through a summer of turbulence but Maurizio Sarri is quickly getting to grips with English football, despite joining a week into his club's pre-season.

Eddie Howe is the longest-serving Premier League manager and his Bournemouth side are undefeated this season, with two wins and a draw from their three games.


Chelsea injuries


Cesc Fabregas is still a major doubt as he recovers from what Sarri describes as an 'unusual injury' from just below his knee.

The Spaniard was missing from the club's training sessions this week, as he was injured in a pre-season game against Arsenal last month.

All of Chelsea's other first-team players are fit and have trained this week. PSV loan star Marco van Ginkel is back at Chelsea, but he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and is unlikely to play any part this season.


Chelsea suspensions


Chelsea have no suspensions to contend with ahead of kick off.


Chelsea potential starting line-up


Sarri has quickly implemented his methods to secure three wins in his last three games, but he will have small details he would like to see improved.

His selection against Newcastle last week looks like his favoured one, in terms of both personnel and formation. The 4-3-3 system is one he has carried over from Napoli, with Jorginho coming over with his manager to play for the west London club.

Eden Hazard started his first game of the season last weekend and put in a strong performance as he completed the 90 minutes, while Mateo Kovacic made his first start since joining on loan from Real Madrid, ousting Ross Barkley in midfield.

Both Hazard and Kovacic keep their place for Saturday's game, as Willian is the only new face from last week - replacing Spanish winger Pedro.

Chelsea XI: Kepa: Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Giroud.


Bournemouth team news


Junior Stanislas is the only Bournemouth player out after needing an operation on a serious knee injury, which he sustained against Watford in April.

Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic; Frances, Ake, Cook, Smith, Gosling, Lerma, Rico, King, Wilson, Fraser


TV channel & kick-off time


The game kicks off at 3pm BST (10am ET) on Saturday and it will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom.


Best Opta match facts


  • Over the last three seasons, no side has beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge more often in the Premier League than Bournemouth (2, level with Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Man City).

  • Bournemouth have won two of their three Premier League away games against Chelsea – against no side have they won more on the road in the top-flight (also 2 vs Newcastle, West Ham and Bournemouth).

  • Of teams to have featured in the Premier League throughout 2018, Chelsea are the only side – excluding own-goals – yet to see an English league scorer this calendar year; opponents Bournemouth have seen 17 goals from Englishmen in 2018, second only to Spurs (21).

  • Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 110 Premier League goals (69 goals, 41 assists) – only Frank Lampard (237) and Didier Drogba (159) have had a hand in more goals for Chelsea in the competition

  • Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has had a hand in three goals in his first three Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri (1 goal, 2 assists), one more than he managed in his final 10 league matches under Antonio Conte (1 goals, 1 assist).