Why Alvaro Morata should relish facing Bournemouth

Alvaro Morata’s confidence must be at rock bottom.

After arriving at Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid last summer, a lot of hope was rested at his doorstep by Chelsea fans.

After all, he is the most recent striker in a long line of big-name forwards at Chelsea – from Hughes and Hasselbaink to Drogba and Costa.

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And, despite his promising start last season – he scored 10 goals in the league by December – Morata became a figure of derision due to his ever-extending dry spell.

He has made the perfect start to quietening his doubters, as he opened his scoring account for the season in Chelsea’s 3-2 over Arsenal. But Morata should be licking his lips ahead of the Blues’ game at home to Bournemouth.

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Since being promoted in 2015, Eddie Howe’s men have won just 13 of their 57 away games in the Premier League.

That does include a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season but, as a whole, the Cherries have been vulnerable away from home.

Conceding 102 goals in their away matches, Bournemouth’s leaky defence should present opportunities for Morata to pounce.

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Despite starting the season solidly, Bournemouth’s crazy 2-2 draw with Everton will have Morata salivating.

And the Spaniard should have renewed confidence under new boss Maurizio Sarri after seeing the Italian’s previous work in transforming Dries Mertens from tricky winger to goal-scoring machine.

So do not be surprised if, come 10.30 on Saturday evening, Gary Lineker and his assortment of experts are singing the praises of Morata.