‘Hard one to call’: Charlie Nicholas predicts Chelsea FC v Bournemouth
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing Chelsea FC to beat Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon
Charlie Nicholas is backing Chelsea FC to return to winning ways in the Premier League with a win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have lost three of their last four Premier League games to lose momentum in the top-four race in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge.
Chelsea FC are still in fourth place but a mere five points ahead of Manchester United after the Red Devils won their last two top-flight games.
Lampard’s men have conceded seven times in their last four games to highlight their weakness at the back under the Chelsea FC legend this term.
Bournemouth lost 3-0 to Premier League leaders Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium last weekend as they slumped to their fifth successive defeat in the top flight.
The Cherries will be seeking to avoid a sixth consecutive loss at Stamford Bridge in the absence of former Blues defender Nathan Ake, who suffered an injury against Liverpool FC.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas is backing Chelsea FC to beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
“Bournemouth don’t score goals now – they are better defensively but are not getting the points,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea got through to the knockout stages of the Champions League so they will be full of confidence.
“Willian has been different class as much as the youngsters have excelled. I do see a comfortable Chelsea win.
“I don’t know how Bournemouth will park up in this one. They used to come and play but I don’t think they will do that, so this is a hard one to call.”
Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against Ligue 1 side Lille in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night.
The Blues are in fourth spot and three points adrift of defending champions Manchester City.
Chelsea FC appointed Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement in the summer.