After the important win on Tuesday, another important game’s coming up for Chelsea — plot twist: they’re all important! — as AFC Bournemouth (sans Nathan Aké due to injury) come to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s traditional 3pm kick-off.
With just 1 win in their last 10 games, including five losses in a row, it’s fair to say that Bournemouth are struggling mightily at the moment and have slid all the way down to 15th in the table. But considering that we just lost to the team in 14th, Everton last weekend, and to the team in 16th, West Ham United the weekend before, we must not take things for granted yet again.
The good news for Chelsea is that Antonio Rüdiger is back healthy and fit, and showed little sign of rust in the 90 minutes on Tuesday. Whether he’s good to go for another full 90 so soon is questionable, but he might have to if Fikayo Tomori continues to miss time with his “small, tiny strain” in the hip.
Olivier Giroud is likely to be out as well with a random ankle sprain he supposedly picked up. Or maybe he’s just shutting it down until his expected January exit. Not much difference either way. Anyway...