Our match prediction:
AFC Bournemouth took their foot off gas after they surprisingly secured Premier League survival some two months before the league campaign was about to end, which resulted in three defeats in their last four fixtures. The Cherries were beaten by Liverpool at home last time out and they will attempt to show some improvement when they welcome indifferent Chelsea to the Vitality Stadium. The Blues cannot wait to put the current campaign behind them and focus on next season, with even their top 10 place now in danger. Guus Hiddink’s charges suffered back to back defeats to Swansea and Manchester City, with 3-0 loss to last year’s title rivals at their Stamford Bridge especially disappointed. It is not difficult to predict that the manager will demand a response ahead of the trip to Dorset, where Asmir Begovic will deputise for the suspended Thibaut Courtois. All things considered, we expect Chelsea to finally return to winning ways.
Highligted Player (Hazard):
After impressing during his six-year spell with Lille (2007-2012), Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea in June, 2012. The Belgian midfielder helped the Blues win the Premier League trophy in the 2014/2015 campaign and it has to be noted that he was named the Premier League Player of the Year back then. Eden Hazard made it to the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals with Belgium, but Argentina proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils in the last eight of the showpiece tournament in Brazil. Hazard scored one goal for Belgium at the Euro 2016 finals, while providing four assists for his teammates and no doubt he was the key player for Marc Wilmots’ team at the tournament in France. Eden was born on 7 January, 1991 in La Louviere, Belgium and it is well known that his brother Thorgan Hazard is a professional football player as well. Eden Hazard is married to Natacha Van Honacker, who gave birth to their three children.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.