We are off to the seaside on Sunday, as we take a trip to the Vitality Stadium.
Bucket And Spade
Chelsea may have spent an obscene amount of money under owner Todd Boehly, whether he is spending it wisely can be argued.
Splash The Cash
With Gary O’Neil being sent packing in the summer, it is all change at the Vitality Stadium. Change that came with the appointment of Andoni Iraola as manager and with the Spaniard yet to oversee a Premier League win for his new employers, his arrival has been a baptism of fire.
Then again, you could also say the same about Chelsea and their installation of Mauricio Pochettino as manager. The Argentine is the latest high-profile coach to walk through the Stamford Bridge revolving door and so have plenty of new playing personnel.
Chelsea’s largesse is as mighty as it is laughable, as owner Todd Boehly does his best to purchase every player to have kicked a football and because of the American’s desire to splash the cash, the pressure is heaped on Pochettino’s shoulders from the start.
Especially as the Blues have only won one league game under the former Tottenham manager. Victory over Luton has been the only high point, defeats to both West Ham and Nottingham Forest must be considered closer to the nadir.
Before the international break, Chelsea opened their Stamford Bridge doors to Steve Cooper’s men and although the Blues created plenty of chances throughout, they lacked the cutting edge to chop Forest down.
A miss from Nicholas Jackson will be one for the end of season blooper reel but on the other hand, Anthony Elanga’s winning goal for the visitors is one that will be hard to erase by Chelsea’s unsettled fanbase.
At the same time Chelsea themselves need to put the first four weeks of the Premier League season behind them. It is clear that Pochettino still does not know his best 11 or even 20 players and therefore, you do not know which variant of the Blues will turn up.
On one hand, it could be the team that looked impressive if not rough around the edges at home to Liverpool on the opening weekend. On the other, they could just as easily mimic the performances that have led to their two league defeats thus far.
Bournemouth will be hoping that the latter of the two turn up on Sunday and especially as manager Iraola will want three points to match the level of performances that the Cherries have put in to date. Anything less and things could start to get rather sour on the South Coast.
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- Nicholas Jackson to score anytime
- Match result will be Chelsea
- Under 3 total goals
For my latest bet builder offering, I am focusing on the man who missed an absolute sitter before the international break and what better way to absolve your sins, than by netting a goal against Bournemouth on Sunday.
A goal that comes courtesy of Nicholas Jackson and a goal that also helps Chelsea to victory. To make things interesting I have backed under three total goals, which means it has to be a 1-0 or 2-0 away win. If this combination of factors all mesh into a winner, this one is priced at a tasty 10/1.