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Watch Live: Chelsea vs. Bournemouth (Lineups and Live Stream)

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea FC

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea FC

Paul Gilham

Bournemouth was expected to be facing relegation six-pointers this season, but their Saturday hosts at Stamford Bridge were surely not. (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

Chelsea, however, will go another step toward restoring a level of sanity to their season if they can pick up three points against the plucky Cherries.


The clubs have only met four times in the history of football, and this is their first match-up since 1994 in the League Cup. The Cherries have one win to Chelsea’s three.

Diego Costa is again on the bench for the Blues, though Thibaut Courtois is back between the sticks after a few months away with injury.


Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Remy, Diego Costa.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Arter, Gosling, Surman, Ritchie, Stanislas, King. Subs: Allsop, Cargill, Butcher, O’Kane, Kermorgant, Murray, Rantie.

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