Chelsea may have reached one domestic Cup final and advanced to the last 16 in the other in the last few days, but in the Premier League, the situation is less rosy. Just four points from the last three games means that both Arsenal and red-hot Manchester United are now just three points behind. In fact, by the time our game kicks off Wednesday night, Arsenal might even be ahead — we have a five-goal advantage in goal difference heading into this midweek round, but the Gunners are at home against lowly Cardiff City and it’s not inconceivable that they’d put a five-spot beyond the division’s second worst defense. (Manchester United are a further three goals behind in goal difference; they’re also playing today at home, against Burnley.)
But none of that will matter (as much) if Chelsea can beat Bournemouth. The Blues are just about fully healthy and just about done for January, certainly as far as new signings are concerned. We do have another game coming up on the weekend, though it will be at home against the worst team in the Premier League, so all focus should be on Wednesday night.