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Chelsea vs. AFC Bournemouth, Premier League: Half-time report

Chelsea lead 1-0 thanks to Pedro's goal.

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We were all expecting Michy Batshuayi to start this one in Diego Costa's absence, but we should've listened to Conte's hints and warnings about Michy needing more time to adapt and so on as Batshuayi was only on the bench, as usual.

Instead, all three of our inside forwards started in what's turned out to be a fairly fluid formation, with Eden Hazard as the nominal center forward, Willian on the right and Pedro on the left.  Hazard and Pedro have switched around quite a bit though, including on the goal, which was yet another tremendous finish from the former Barcelona-man.  The assist came from another former Barcelona-man, Fabregas sliding the ball in to his former and current teammate.

It's been a slightly different look in attack from the Blues without a true focal point (Hazard's not making the same runs as Costa), but the more whirly-burly nature of it all has been fun to watch and it has created a few dangerous chances.  A couple more runners in the box wouldn't go amiss on those rare occasions that we put in a cross.

At the other end, Chelsea have looked okay, with Azpilicueta averting one dangerous chance and Matić putting in a crucial block on Wilshere, who's far and away the visitors' biggest threat.

Halfway there for win number 12.  COME ON, CHELSEA!

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