Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Bournemouth

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Chelsea to ease to a comfortable win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a straightforward win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The defending Premier League champions are in third place in the Premier League table and three points behind Manchester United.

The Blues will be hoping to secure their qualification for the Champions League for the second successive season despite uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s future.

Indeed, the Italian coach appears to be in a long-running battle with the Chelsea FC board over the west London outfit’s transfer policy.

The Blues will come up against a Bournemouth side that should be full of confidence following a 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month.

However, Chelsea have history on their side after Eden Hazard’s goal was sufficient to secure a 1-0 victory on the south coast back in October.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Chelsea FC should secure three points against Eddie Howe’s side.

“I don’t think those days off will help the Cherries too much at Stamford Bridge, though,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Eddie Howe’s side are on a five-game unbeaten run in the league that includes their victory over Arsenal, but this is the most difficult game of that stretch of fixtures.

“I am not sure what is happening at Chelsea and what it means for the long-term job prospects of manager Antonio Conte, but it does not seem to be affecting their form too much.”

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season.

However, the Blues are 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City to extinguish the possibility of a title defence.

Chelsea will take on La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

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