Predicted Chelsea line-up against Bournemouth: Sarri to alter defensive personnel?

Maurizio Sarri will be looking to extend his 100% start to life as Chelsea manager as his side welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge.

Sarri’s men beat Newcastle 2-1 in a hard-fought match at St. James’ Park last Sunday, but despite the perfect start in the Premier League, the Italian insists that there is still a lot to work on.

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As for Bournemouth, they will also look to preserve their unbeaten start to the season against the Blues.

Eddie Howe’s men have beaten both Cardiff and West Ham, whilst last weekend they were involved in a 2-2 thriller with Everton.

Adam Smith will be ineligible due to the red card he picked up in that draw, and Mark Pugh is also ruled out.

David Luiz to miss out?

Luiz showcased some poor defending against the Magpies, allowing Joselu to equalise after Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

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Everyone knows Luiz is defensively limited, but Sarri’s system requires defenders who are comfortable on the ball.

But Luiz may miss out if Sarri deems the Brazilian to be too great a liability.

Christensen to get a chance?

Christensen had a fantastic debut season in the first team at Chelsea.

Despite tailing off towards the end, the Dane looked both assertive and good on the ball under Antonio Conte.

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And he could get an opportunity to start if Sarri decides to drop Luiz for the game against Bournemouth.

And after having a shortened pre-season due to the World Cup, Christensen will be raring to go if he is handed the opportunity to play.

Predicted XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Morata, Hazard