Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Bournemouth

Paul Merson looks ahead to Chelsea FC's clash with Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon

By George Hallam
Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson thinks Chelsea FC will come away from their match with Bournemouth as victors when the two meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea FC have taken three wins from three so far this campaign under new boss Maurizio Sarri, with wins over Huddersfield, Arsenal and Newcastle.

Despite looking far from the complete package in those games especially in defence, Merson is backing the Blues to improve and overcome Bournemouth’s challenge.

“I watched Bournemouth last week [against Everton] and they went behind and came back,’ he said on Sky Sports.

“But, if they go behind here, Chelsea will pick them off and win by more, that would be my worry.

“Bournemouth upset them at Stamford Bridge last season with a 3-0 victory, but I think Chelsea will win.”

Chelsea FC are taking their time adapting to Sarri’s defensive ideals, as they shift to a more attacking outlook than they possessed under Antonio Conte during his stint at the club.

Merson said: “Chelsea have been alright, we haven’t seen the best of them but if you’re being alright and winning all three games, that’s decent.”

Bournemouth are unbeaten so far this season and sit on seven points, just two points behind their opponents on Saturday.

They won their opening two games; on the opening day against newly-promoted Cardiff, and then at home against struggling West Ham, which they followed up with a home draw against Everton last time out.

However, he warned them of the bubble can easily burst and very quickly a good start to the season can swiftly see you staring down the barrel.

“Bournemouth have started well, but that’s happened before and then you can go on a run of seven or eight games without a win,” he continued.

“You have to get your points when you can.”

However, Merson has not written off Bournemouth completely and referenced their prolific strike partnership as a potential stumbling block for Chelsea FC.

“They will cause Chelsea problems with Josh King and Callum Wilson, and I like how they are willing to have a go wherever they play.”

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