Chelsea are expected to put out a strong side against a struggling Bournemouth team as boss Frank Lampard seeks to close the gap to Man City.
After securing Champions League qualification in the week, Chelsea welcome Eddie Howe's Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge as they seek to add another 3-points to their Premier League tally.
Frank Lampard's Blues beat French-side Lille in the week to secure their place in the Champions League last 16, and put the European competition to bed for the next two months.
With no Caribou Cup fixture coming up, the Blues' focus is solely on the Premier League.
They'll be looking to overturn recent form domestically, with only two wins in their last five games.
Despite Bournemouth's recent struggles, the only team to beat Chelsea more at Stamford Bridge since 2015 is Liverpool.
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Chelsea are set to be without defender Fikayo Tomori, suffering from a hip injury, who missed their midweek Champions League clash as well.
Young star Mason Mount could see a return to the starting XI to replace Mateo Kovacic who's played a lot of games this winter period.
Olivier Giroud is also doubt (ankle) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is out with a calf injury.
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Antonio Rudiger is set to continue after playing midweek, and he looked back to full-fitness and didn't miss a step in his first 90-minute performance since April.
Since beating Manchester United in November, Eddie Howe's side have suffered five successive defeats.
They are also likely to be without eight senior players: Junior Stanislas (knee), Steve Cook (hand), Lloyd Kelly (thing), Josh King (thigh), Charlie Daniels (knee), David Brooks (ankle), Adam Smith (ankle), Nathan Ake (thigh), Callum Wilson (thigh).
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With this in mind, and the strong squad available to him, Lampard will be hoping to take three points at home to keep pace with the Champions League spots.
The Premier League's second leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham is expected to head the Blues team once more, joined in attack by Willian, Mount and Christian Pulisic.
The onus to score has too often fallen to Abraham so far this season, and the other Chelsea attackers will be looking to score against a Bournemouth team struggling to find results.
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Full-back Reece James is also a possibility to return, switching out for Caesar Azpilicueta and Emerson Palmieri's impressive midweek performance likely to secure his place as well.
As Chelsea chase a win against a weak and demoralised Bournemouth team, they could well take an attack formation to do so and ensure Lampard takes home the three points.
Predicted Chelsea Line-up (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham.
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