Know that Chelsea lost their final three games across all competitions before the league took a break for the tournament in Qatar and they have also lost their last three in the league.
And surely the Blues should have the quality to overcome Bournemouth, who have four defeats in their seven away games so far, but the price on a home win is far too short given their struggles.
Chelsea seeking much needed win
Chelsea on were in a real slump before the World Cup but they will feel the visit of Bournemouth is a real opportunity to get back to winning ways on Boxing Day.
The Premier League has returned, the difficult and haunting days returned to Graham Potter as he gradually absorbed the harshness of the hot seat at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have lost the last 4 matches in a row on all fronts.
In the Premier League alone, the Blues have just lost to Arsenal and Newcastle and Brighton, who are in the top 7. Further, they are experiencing 5 consecutive matches without knowing the smell of victory in the prestigious digital tournament. a Land of Mist.
This made the Chelsea Board of Directors seem agitated, even though they had previously affirmed that Potter was a long-term plan. Even, the British press whispered to each other that the elite at Stamford Bridge had targeted Luis Enrique, who had just left the Spain team.
On the opposite side, on the eve of the long break, Bournemouth promptly stopped a five-match draw and lost with a 3-0 win over Everton. The ‘Cherry fruits’ are currently ranked 14th with 16 points, 5 points behind Chelsea, who are ranked 8th.
Goals could be in short supply at Stamford Bridge
Bournemouth have been thrashed 9-0 at Anfield and 4-0 at Manchester City this season but since their mauling on Merseyside they have only lost one of their six trips by more than one goal.
However, the Cherries have been better defensively since Gary O’Neil took charge and they will probably line-up to frustrate Chelsea, and that could lead to a low scoring affair.