​The Vitality Stadium will play host to the Saturday evening kickoff as Antonio Conte's Chelsea travel to face Eddie Howe's Bournemouth.

The hosts secured an impressive draw in midweek at Anfield. The Cherries look to be safe in the Premier League once again this season as they sit in 13th and are seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The visitors took a massive step towards securing the Premier League crown midweek when they dispatched Pep Guardiola's Manchester City 2-1 thanks to a brace from talisman Eden Hazard. They are seven points clear with only eight games to play.

Classic Encounter

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

The last time these two sides played it was Boxing Day, and Chelsea ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard and Pedro scored for the Blues and Cook scored an unfortunate own goal late on as Conte's men were in the middle of their spectacular winning run. At the time, it was their 12th win in a row - a club record.

Key Battle

Joshua King vs N'Golo Kante

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United - Premier League

If Bournemouth want to take home a share of the points this weekend, they will have to score. Joshua King has been the primary source of goals for the Cherries this season, as he has scored 12 times in the campaign this season from his position just in behind the main striker.

His task will be made exceptionally difficult this weekend, when he faces one of the sternest defensive tests in the League. N'Golo Kante shuts down all challengers, as he runs tirelessly and has an exceptional ability to pre-empt any move an opponent makes. 

He has been one of the players of the season so far.

Team News

Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League

Hosts Bournemouth have a few concerns coming out of their midweek match. Callum Wilson, Adam Federici and Andrew Surman are not expected to recover in time, while Tyrone Mings remains suspended. Jordon Ibe was given a rare start in midweek, but has likely not done enough to justify his place again.

Chelsea have come through a tricky period after the international break with most of their stars having recovered from injury. Victor Moses is the only doubt left. Antonio Conte has a selection dilemma in the centre of midfield as he debates whether to go with the in-form Cesc Fabregas or defensive-minded Nemanja Matic alongside N'Golo Kante.



Bournemouth will not be an easy out for the league leaders here.The Cherries are a tricky team, capable of producing some tasty attacking football. However, Conte's men look pretty relentless and should be able to grind out the result they need.

Bournemouth 0-2 Chelsea