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LIVE BLOG

FINAL WHISTLE: Chelsea win, 2-0!

90+4min: Bournemouth try to press forward but Chelsea see out the final few minutes without any problems.

89min: Fraser has a hopeful effort, takes a deflection for a corner, which is worked short. Giroud clears.

85min: HAZARD! Combining with Alonso, again, Hazard bombs down the left and fires an unstoppable shot past Begović. 2-0 Chelsea!

83min: RLC drives the box, sprays it wide for Pedro, his shot this time isn’t good enough and Begović makes the easy save.

81min: Hazard and RLC hold on to the ball for a while, then Hazard breaks and pumps a cross in, which just eludes Giroud’s head.

79min: Giroud tracks the left back all the way to his own touchline to shepherd the ball out. Loftus-Cheek comes on for Kovačić as Sarri makes his final change. Bournemouth make a double-change of their own, Ibe for Smith and Mousset for King.

78min: Hazard wriggles free in the area but gets shoved off the ball. No call and the long shot from someone else is blocked.

76min: Bournemouth break after Jorginho loses a 50-50, but Fraser’s shot doesn’t curl at all and goes well wide of the far post.

72min: PEDRO! Chelsea’s leading scorer finds the back of the net after some good work through the middle with Giroud. 1-0 Chelsea!

70min: Hazard accelerates through the middle, gets pushed over by Lerma, who gets his customary yellow.

69min: Giroud’s volley on the rebound from outside the area deflects just wide off of Pedro.

68min: Alonso possibly escapes a second yellow by running into the Bournemouth player about to take the throw-in. Made it look just accidental enough.

67min: Two excellent blocks by Gosling deny Kovačić twice.

64min: Chelsea continue to probe. Still no dice. Pedro arrives on the scene for Willian.

61min: Aké gets called for a foul on Arrizabalaga. Chelsea bring on Giroud on for Morata. Within a few seconds, already has a chance with his head, but it goes wide.

59min: Lee Mason ignored a blatant handball by Aké outside of the Bournemouth penalty area. Then calls Kovačić for a block-off.

55min: Kanté gets a yellow for a Bournemouth player falling over on a counter. The free kick is cleared for a corner, which Aké scoops over the bar from three yards out.

54min: Chelsea work an excellent chance between Alonso, Kovačić, and Hazard on the left. Eden eventually finds Alonso, whose shot is saved well by Begović.

53min: Another Chelsea corner after sustained pressure. Cleared only as far as Hazard, his eventual shot is blocked. Chelsea come again.

50min: Begović collects another Azpilicueta cross, just ahead of Morata. Pattern of play same as in first half.

48min: Hazard is crowded out by a few, but Morata wins the ball back on the high press; Willian wins a corner. Cleared.

46min: Back underway; Hazard finds Kovačić, but his shot is blocked.


HALF-TIME: 0-0 at the half. Chelsea with all the possession but just 2 shots on target from 12.

45+2min: One more long throw for Bournemouth; David Luiz clears and the referee blows for half-time.

45min: Alonso hits the post! Kanté broke and ran at goal, found Morata wide who crossed to a wide open Hazard. He was closed down by three but found Alonso at the top of the box. His right-footed shot takes a deflection and finds only the post.

44min: Chelsea maintain possession. Begović is off his line quick to collect Jorginho’s chip over the top for Morata.

41min: Bournemouth win their first corner. Rüdiger and Kovačić clear for a throw.

39min: Kanté runs half the length of the pitch, finds Willian, who finds Hazard, but a loose touch lets Bournemouth clear.

37min: Azpilicueta’s cross finds its way through this time, but Morata’s shot on the turn is blocked. Willian got a kick in the process; stays down for a spot of treatment.

35min: Kovačić miscontrols/turns in midfield and drives at goal, shot deflected for a corner. Willian’s corner is cleared, but not far. Alonso’s cross is then cleared for a throw.

33min: Lee Mason strikes, gives Alonso a yellow for a hand on a shoulder and the Bournemouth player slipping.

32min: Kovačić rolls a man, but his left-footed shot is blocked. Willian then finds Kanté for a chance, but he can’t control the ball and it’s cleared.

31min: Callum Wilson misses a great chance, running off of David Luiz’s shoulder.

30min: Begović collects Azpilicueta’s low cross.

28min: Bournemouth have a long throw after a spell of possession, cleared.

25min: Alonso tries his luck from distance. Not close.

23min: Chelsea work it around, but it’s all a bit too tight. Jorginho has a shot, but it’s cleared for a corner, which is then collected by Begović.

19min: Gosling gets a yellow and Chelsea have a dangerous free kick. Willian and David Luiz have a conference but Alonso takes it. Straight into the wall.

17min: Kovačić has a chance but it’s cleared for a corner.

16min: Two chances for Bournemouth; Kanté clearing one after a loose pass from David Luiz. Then a shot goes high from a corner.

11min: Rüdiger pumps a header high from a Willian corner.

9min: Chelsea continue to pour forward. Begović makes a save on Morata after Azpilicueta comes forward on the right.

7min: Begović makes a double save from a short corner, gets an accidental David Luiz boot to the face, too, as he drops low to make the save. No intent; Bego gets a bit of treatment.

6min: A stretched boot from Rico was all that stood between a Willian 1-v-1 with Begović. The ball over the top is working early.

3min: Morata has an early chance, but a last ditch tackle clears.

KICK-OFF: And we’re off!


Can Chelsea stay a perfect four-for-four on the season? Can Sarri continue to build his vision of the club? Will Eddie Howe beat Chelsea for the third time at Stamford Bridge in the last four seasons?

We’re about to find out.

Here we go!


Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Alonso, David Luiz, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta (c) | Kovačić, Jorginho, Kanté | Hazard, Morata, Willian

Substitutes from: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud

One change from last week for Sarri as Willian replaces Pedro.

AFC Bournemouth starting lineup (3-4-3):
Begović | S.Cook, Aké, Francis (c) | Rico, Lerma, Gosling, Smith | Fraser, Wilson, King

Substitutes from: Boruc, Mings, Surman, L.Cook, Ibe, Brooks, Mousset


Date / Time: Saturday, September 1st, 2018, 15:00 BST; 10am EDT; 7:30pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London SW6
Referee: Lee Mason

On TV: none (UK); NBCSN, UNIVERSO (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); BBC 5 (UK, radio); audio commentary now available in the official Chelsea app as well, The 5th Stand


Be excellent to each other.