Chelsea in rude health ahead of Bournemouth clash so could Frank Lampard select this line-up to improve

Chelsea in rude health ahead of Bournemouth clash so could Frank Lampard select this line-up to improve

Chelsea will look to bounce back to form in the Premier League when a struggling Bournemouth visit Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Saturday is GameDay across the talkSPORT network and this clash is just one of our THREE live commentaries, alongside Liverpool vs Watford and Southampton vs West Ham.

Chelsea have dropped points in recent weeks – can Lampard get them back to winning ways

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Chelsea have dropped points in recent weeks – can Lampard get them back to winning ways

And both teams could do with a win following some rather disappointing form in the top flight.

Bournemouth travel to west London on the back of five straight defeats, while their hosts have lost three of their past four Premier League matches.

Chelsea will take confidence from their 2-1 Champions League victory over Lille in midweek, which saw them through to the knockout stages of the Europe’s premier competition.

And the Blues will also be boosted by the return of Antonio Rudiger, who played 90 minutes for the first time this season against the French side.


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Frank Lampard has used his young players unsparingly this season, but it was the senior men who got the nod for their biggest game of the season so far on Tuesday.

Mason Mount and Reece James were replaced by Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri, while Rudiger stepped in for Andreas Christensen at the back.

Lampard suddenly finds himself spoilt for choice across the pitch, and his biggest selection headache comes in midfield.

Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante have made themselves undroppable, leaving one space for Mount or Jorginho, with Ross Barkley completely out of favour.

Kovacic has been one of Chelsea’s standout player this season

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Kovacic has been one of Chelsea’s standout player this season

Jorginho impressed on his return to the side and we expect Lampard to stick with the team which beat Lille on Tuesday – with fresh legs on the bench should the starting XI begin to tire.

In other team news, Olivier Giroud could recover from illness to feature on the bench, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains absent with a long-term injury.

Could Chelsea line up like this against Bournemouth – the match is LIVE on talkSPORT 2

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