class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Despite their disrupted pre-season, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Blues to prove too strong for Parker's men in a high-scoring friendly clash
Chelsea will take the next step in their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel enjoyed a magnificent half-season in command, lifting the Champions League after taking over from Frank Lampard in January.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea latest odds
Looking to build on that in his first full campaign, Tuchel’s Chelsea are available at 8/15 (1.53) with bet365 to claim a victory on the south coast.
Bournemouth are actually unbeaten in their last two home games against this opposition but are 4/1 (5.00) outsiders to pull off a win in this one.
The last meeting between the pair at this ground resulted in a 2-2 draw in February 2020, and you can get odds of 14/5 (3.80) on them cancelling each other out once again here.
TV channel, live stream & how to watch
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The game is not being shown live in the United Kingdom (UK). The 5th Stand App and Chelseafc.com will be streaming the game live online.
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Winger Kyle Edwards could get a run-out for the hosts after joining on trial following his release by West Brom, while Dominic Solanke will be hoping to score a third goal of pre-season against his former club.
Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kante, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Michy Batshuayi are not ready to play despite returning to training at the weekend, with Thiago Silva, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho and Mason Mount all still on holiday.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea preview
Although this game is the first of the summer in front of a crowd, the Blues have already beaten Peterborough 6-1 in a behind-closed-doors encounter at their Cobham training ground.
However, their subsequent training camp in Ireland was called to a premature end due to a Covid-19 scare, with their match against proposed friendly opponents Drogheda United called off.
This disruption could play into the hands of Scott Parker, who will be taking this game against his former club very seriously ahead of Saturday’s EFL Cup clash MK Dons and the start of the competitive season.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea tips & predictions
Having scored five goals in their last two friendly matches, Bournemouth should back themselves to at least find the net against a less prepared Chelsea side – although the visitors’ superior quality still makes them worth backing at 2/1 (3.00) to come out on top.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.