Antonio Conte's Chelsea are going toe-to-toe withrivals Tottenham for the Premier League title after the Bluesknocked Manchester City out of the race at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea are now only sevenpoints clear at the top of the table ahead of their trip to Bournemouth and they need six more wins to guarantee title success as they face their last eight games of the season.
Bournemouth were well beaten in their visit to Stamford Bridge and they will want a measure of revenge as Eddie Howe's side have come into a run of form in recent weeks. The Cherries are unbeaten in five games and earned a draw away to Liverpool in mid-week, which is a warning to the league leaders that they face a battle on Saturday.
Victor Moses has missed the club's last two league games but he will return afterrecovering from a calf injury that he sustained against Stoke City.
Thibaut Courtois and David Luiz requireongoing treatment forhip and knee injuries, respectively, while Cesar Azpilicueta has been playing with a broken bone in his hand. However, none are expected to miss the trip to the south coast.
Luiz'sminor knee injury was sustained after Sergio Aguero's red-card tackle in Decemberbut he has carefully managed the situation to avoid missing much first-team action. Chelsea will need to assess their players after their 2-1 win over Man City but are not thought to have any newinjury concerns. Conte confirmed the good news at Friday's press conference.
“Victor Moses trained with us yesterday andtoday. I have to check his situation and then make the best decisiontomorrowfor the team. But he is available. No other injuries.”
Diego Costa appeared tokick out at Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany on Wednesday evening and he has yet to be cleared ahead of his side's match at the weekend.
So far, however, Chelsea have no players suspended for the match and have had few issues with discipline all season. John Terry has been their only player to besent off, in the FA Cup against Peterborough United.
The cut off points for accumulations of 10 yellow cards will also pass after this weekend's games and Chelsea aren't in danger of any of their players being banned. Costa and Luiz are both on eight bookings but will not hit the quote of 10 bookings by the cut off point.
CHELSEA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Conte has come up with several surprises since his side returned from the international break. Against Crystal Palace he lined up in a 3-5-2 formation to accommodate for the loss of Moses through injury.
He switched it again against Manchester City to give Kurt Zouma his first Premier League start since 7 February 2016, when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester United.
For once, it is hard to guess what system Conte might employ against Bournemouth, buthis most recent experiments have impacted upon his team's fluidity. Conte may opt to use Willian or Cesar Azpilicuetain Moses' role, as he has done in the last week. There is also an outside chance that Moses might return.
The rest of his line up is likely to remain broadly the same, butNemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will compete for their spot incentral midfield.
Diego Costa, though misfiring of late, will lead the line as he competes withTottenham's Harry Kane and Everton's Romelu Lukaku for the Premier League Golden Boot.
BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS
Tyrone Mings remains suspended for a stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a month ago. Howe will also be without Andrew Surman and Callum Wilson who both have suffered knee ligament damage.
Bournemouth's number two goalkeeper Adam Federici is also out with a knee cartilage injury. The Cherries have everyone else fit and available for selection though ahead of Chelsea's visit.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
After losing 1-0 to the Cherries in December 2015, Chelsea have won their last two against Bournemouth netting seven goals.
Eden Hazard has scored three times in three previous Premier League appearances against Bournemouth.
Antonio Conte’s side have won 33 points from their 15 away games so far in 2016-17; only twice in Chelsea’s history have they picked up more points at this stage of the season (35 in 2003/04 and 38 in 2004/05).
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
The game is being shown at 17:30 on BT Sport 1 in the United Kingdom on Saturday evening.