Chelsea at Bournemouth: EPL betting guide and tips

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A trip to the Vitality Stadium shouldn’t be the most difficult journey, as the Cherries sit 16th in the EPL table counting only home matches, but their recent form is a massive cause for concern. They’ve won four of their last five and six of their last ten, which has seen them rise to what will likely be a comfortable mid-table finish in 2022/23, despite having been seen as serious relegation contenders for a majority of the season. A Bournemouth win this weekend would even see them jump Chelsea in the standings! I doubt anyone placed a bet on that happening at the beginning of the campaign, as most books probably wouldn’t even have listed it as an option. If you did, though, enjoy the winnings. You’re probably very rich right now.

The Blues’ most recent match was the first time I didn’t go at least 2-3 on the betting guide in quite some time, but then again, maybe banking on the Mudryk anytime goalscorer prop wasn’t such a good idea. I’ll be more responsible this time out against the Cherries, but I’m honestly not sure which way this game will go. I do feel pretty confident that there won’t be many goals in the contest, though. Even after the run of terrific form, Bournemouth is still 14th in the Premier League in scoring at 1.1 goals per match, just ahead of Chelsea at 0.9. The numbers make it clear to see which side of the over/under is more likely to hit, and it’s the one that’s been cashing successfully for most of the year. I like under 2.5 total goals at -116 odds.

A second play I’ve been eyeing for the Bournemouth clash is the away team to score under 1.5 goals at -150 odds. My reasoning for taking this bet is simple, it’s hit in eight consecutive matches. The Blues haven’t scored more than one goal in a game since the unbelievably frustrating 2-2 draw against Everton back on March 18.