Chelsea vs Bournemouth: STARTING Lineup: Boss Uses STRONG 4-1-4-1 Formation

Eddie Howe named an unchanged side from the one that drew 2-2 at Swansea, with Josh King continuing to lead the line for the Cherries.

Howe continued with a 4-1-4-1 formation against Everton, with Andrew Surman sitting deeper than Dan Gosling and Harry Arter in the centre of the park, while Matt Ritchie (right) and Junior Stanislas (left) offered support to King up front. The situation in goal is unclear, however, after Howe refused to clarify the availability of his keepers.

Adam Federici sustained an ankle injury last weekend and is expected to be sidelined, whilst reports suggest that Artur Boruc could postpone groin surgery, as this would only leave Ryan Allsop as an option between the sticks.

Arter is a doubt with a hamstring injury suffered against the Toffees, this could see Shaun MacDonald or Eunon O’Kane force their way into the starting XI. Steve Cook is also a doubt after coming off at half-time with a knock.

The centre-back will hope to recover and line up alongside Simon Francis, Sylvain Distin and Charlie Daniels in an unchanged back four.

Glenn Murray offers an alternative option in attack should the Cherries boss rotate. Marc Pugh is still out, Lee Tomlin remains doubtful, whilst Max Gradel, Tommy Elphick, Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson are long-term absentees.

Christian Atsu is unable to face his parent club due to the conditions of his loan deal.

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