It’s preseason friendly time ... and it’s live! Yes, this one’s actually being streamed on Chelsea TV! Oh Happy Abramoversary day!
Friendly reminder that this is just a friendly, so don’t get too unfriendly; just enjoy the moment and the chance to see some familiar friendly faces.
One of those faces is Lewis Baker, who may or may not be playing as a third center back, which is a rumor we had seen from the training ground, but may actually get to witness with our own eyes now. Or it’ll be just a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3, which would be less interesting.
Here we go!
AFC Bournemouth starting XI:
Travers | Kelly (c), Brooks, Solanke, Marcondes, Smith, Stacey, Kilkenny, Taylor, Billing, Ibsen Rossi
Substitutes from: Dennis, Edwards, Camp, Zemura, Greenwood, Moriah-Welsh, Glover, Saydee, Surridge
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Arrizabalaga | Sarr, Baker, Sterling | Alonso (c), Gallagher, Drinkwater, Hudson-Odoi | Pulisic, Abraham, Ziyech
Substitutes from: everyone else
Date / Time: Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 19.45 BST; 2:45pm EDT; 12:15am IST (next day)
Venue: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England
On TV: none
Streaming: Chelsea official website and the 5th Stand App — it’s a free stream either way, but if previous experience is any indication, log in and start it early; they often struggle with the increased server load.
LIVE BLOG & HAPPY ABRAMOVERSARY!
It’s been 18 years since Roman Abramovich became the owner of Chelsea FC in 2003.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 27, 2021
Take a look back at what we’ve achieved together. pic.twitter.com/U2GmRmG49O
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!