The forthcoming match between AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea FC (BOU Vs CHE) is going to be ballistic as both the teams would try to secure their position in the semi-finals. After defeating Middlesbrough in the Round of 16 with 3-1 goals, they are equally as confident as Chelsea who defeated Everton in their Round of 16 games, with 2-1 goals. Whoever wins this match will not have it easy in the semi-finals because the other two teams who have already qualified so far for the semi-finals are Manchester City and Arsenal. The other quarterfinal match would be played between Manchester United and Bristol City.
However, if one would consider the league positions of both these team then they would bet it all on Chelsea FC as they are placed on the 3rd position on the points table and AFC Bournemouth is on the 16th place with no win registered in the last five league games. Both the competitions are different but at times, the team seems to have the same fate when their morale is weak. The Cherries will be playing The Blues in their home ground so it is expected that they would feel the intense pressure of The Blues fans at Stamford Bridge.
Both the teams would be playing to win as whoever bags the winning points will surely strengthen their position to lift the EFL Cup. The best thing about English football is that you can never be too sure on a particular team as at any moment, the table can be turned.
Tournament – English Football Cup 2017
Venue- Stamford Bridge, London, England
Date and Time- 1:15 AM IST on Thursday, December 21, 2017
BOU – W, W
CHE – W, W
This is going to be an interesting contest because AFC Bournemouth generally plays in the 4-4-1-1 formation and Chelsea FC prefers playing with a 3-4-3 formation. For, The Blues they have some of the potential firepowers on the front line with Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, and Pedro. It would be fun to see how they get through the four defenders of Bournemouth but they would have plenty of chances created by Fabregas and company.
The forward lines of AFC Bournemouth comprise King and Defoe who would bring all their tricks to get past the likes of David Luiz, Gary Cahill, etc and even if they would get pass through them, beating Courtois is never easy. However, the defenders of AFC Bournemouth will bet their lives on not letting a single through ball pass by them.
Can we expect goals by either team on Thursday?
BOU (Probable 11) –
Begovic (GK), Smith A, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, Cook, Surman, Pugh, King, Defoe
CHE (Probable 11) –
Courtois (GK), Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Zappacosta, Hazard, Pedro, Morata
Joshua King (BOU)
Jermain Defoe (BOU)
Thibaut Courtois (CHE)
Eden Hazard (CHE)
Alvaro Morata (CHE)
Cesc Fabregas (CHE)
Seeing the last two English Football League cup performances of both the teams, it is expected that Chelsea FC will come out on top as it is their home match against The Cherries. It is expected that the visitors would put a great show as they are also riding high on confidence. What makes English football exciting is that anything can happen at any moment and it is impossible to give the absolute prediction but whatever happens one thing can be certain that it is going to a rollercoaster of emotions going up and down with every match. Our bet is on Chelsea FC in this game.
We are providing you the CHE Vs BOU football match preview based on our research and understanding. Please choose your own probable playing 11 as these matches are quite risky to predict who will play and who will not get the chance to play.