Our prediction for this match:
Bournemouth and Chelsea face each other in a highly-anticipated pre-season friendly at Vitality Stadium. The Cherries aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Granada, but they will have a big fish to fry in Tuesday’s clash. Dominic Solanke, who found the net in the last warm-up game, will be one of the men to watch in the home team. The Blues, on the other hand, kicked off pre-season in style, with the team rolling over Peterborough 6-1, with Hakim Ziyech scoring a hat-trick.
Even though Thomas Tuchel is going to use the midweek friendly to test as many players as possible, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League outfit. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two teams played out a 2-2 draw, but away win should be considered this time out. Keep in mind, though, that all Zouma, Rudiger, Kovacic, Kante, Havertz, and Werner are likely to be rested in Tuesday’s friendly.
Highlighted Player (Joshua King):
Joshua King is a Norway international who plays for Premier League side Bournemouth as a striker. King was born in Oslo on January 15, 1992 and he started his career at the youth team of Romsas. In 2006 the Norwegian footballer moved to Valerenga and two years later he joined Premier League giants Manchester United. Nonetheless, he did not see any game action at Old Trafford as he was immediately sent on loan to Preston.
Joshua King played for the likes of Borussia M’gladbach, Hull City and Blackburn Rovers on loan as well before signing a permanent deal with the Riversiders in January, 2013. The pacey attacker scored only three goals in 56 appearances in the league for Blackburn Rovers, but in 2015 Bournemouth chiefs decided to bring him to Vitality Stadium.
Joshua King impressed in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, with the Norwegian striker scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances for the Cherries. King provided two assists for his teammates in the process as well.
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.