Date: 5th December 2015 at 8:30am
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Chelsea play Bournemouth for the first time in the top flight in Saturday’s evening Premier League kick-off at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues and the Cherries have only met on five previous occasions, with the last meeting coming in the 1994/95 League Cup.

Glenn Hoddle’s London side won 1-0 that evening and Jose Mourinho would probably take the same result now as his team look to grind out results in what has been a difficult campaign.

The champions have already suffered seven defeats from 14 games but seem to be gaining some momentum after beating Norwich and securing a good 0-0 draw at Tottenham in their last two matches.

Their surprising form sees them sitting 14th, 12 points off the pace for a top-four finish and 14 behind tale toppers Manchester City.

At the start of the season, if you had told Eddie Howe his side would be five points behind Chelsea after 14 games he would’ve thought he’d be in the race for a place in Europe.

However, despite winning over many neutrals with their attractive football, the Dorset outfit occupy the final relegation spot and are two points from safety after going eight-games without a win.

A point at Swansea and the dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Everton in their last two outings will have given them a boost after four defeats on the spin.

They also head to Stamford Bridge with nothing to lose; all the pressure is on the hosts who have already tasted defeat to Crystal Palace, Southampton and Liverpool in front of their own fans this season.

Team News:

Diego Costa could return to the starting XI despite appearing to throw his bib towards Mourinho after the Chelsea boss didn’t use him from the bench at Tottenham.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is back after three months out, while Nemanja Matic is available but will wear a facial mask to protect his broken nose.

However, captain John Terry, midfielder Ramires and striker Radamel Falcao are all sidelined.

It is not yet known whether Bournemouth goalkeepers Artur Boruc and Adam Federici will be available to Howe.

If neither is fit, Ryan Allsop will make his first Premier League start after replacing the latter against Everton last weekend.

Elsewhere, midfielder Harry Arter is out with a slight hamstring problem.

League Position: Chelsea – 14th (15 pts); Bournemouth – 18th (10 pts)
Last Meeting: Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea – October 4th, 1994
Key Players: Chelsea – Eden Hazard; Bournemouth – Matt Ritchie
Form: Chelsea – WLLLWD; Bournemouth – LLLLDD
Shoot Says: Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth

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