Chelsea's much-vaunted attack failed to fire again as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, the second Premier League game in a row in which the Blues have failed to score. Nicolas Jackson hit the foot of the post in the 14th minute and Conor Gallagher wased a glorious opportunity just after the half-hour mark in an otherwise lacklustre first half.The Blues had the ball in the net early in the second half as Raheem Sterling struck the angle of post and crossbar with a free kick and Levi Colwill blasted home the rebound, but the goal was ruled out for offside. The introduction of Justin Kluivert as a second-half substitute gave Bournemouth a much-needed attacking edge and he was fouled on the edge of the area in the 76th minute, but Philip Billing's subsequent free kick was deflected wide for a corner.Chelsea almost got the winner five minutes from the end of normal time as Sterling picked out Cole Palmer, but Cherries keeper Neto made a brilliant one-handed reflex save to keep out the substitute's deft volley. Read the game back below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth vs Chelsea latest updates
Kick-off: 2pm, Vitality Stadium
How to watch: Sky Sports
Bournemouth XI: Players return
Chelsea XI: Surprise selections
Why Caicedo is missing today
Score prediction: Comfortable Blues win
AFC Bournemouth 0 - 0 Chelsea FC
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Chelsea have fired in 35 shots across the last two games, without scoring.
The finishing and composure is just lacking, which is concerning since they’ve spent £1 billion.
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99min: That’s it! Pretty dismal stuff.
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97min: Chelsea are trying to be patient to find a winner... but they have about 90 seconds left.
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95min: Chilwell booked as he prevents a Bournemouth attack.
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92min: Neto is in time-wasting mode as he takes almost a minute over a free kick. No card.
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91min: Eight minutes added on.
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89min: Brooks is on for Christie. A very popular introduction.
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87min: Bournemouth believe they can nick this, pushing forward in the final minutes.
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85min: Shouts for a penalty as Palmer’s effort is saved and Jackson claims a follow up hits an arm... but it’s a leg.
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84min: Chilwell immediately trying to make things happen as he whips in a cross but Jackson cannot control it.
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81min: Fernandez makes way for Maatsen.
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80min: Solanke should score!
He does brilliantly to carve open some space inside the area as he sends Gallagher to the shops, but then shoots at Sanchez with the goal gaping.
Chilwell is one for Colwill.
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79min: The corner comes to nothing.
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78min: A long pause before the free kick is taken as there is mischief in the Chelsea wall... and Billing’s effort is deflected narrowly wide.
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76min: Oof, Bournemouth think they have won a penalty but Disasi’s foul on Kluivert is right on the edge of the area.
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75min: Chilwell is warming up for Chelsea.
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72min: Sinisterra and Senesi are on for Bournemouth, replacing Tavernier and Kerkez.
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69min: TV cameras show Iraola shouting “focus!” at his players. Heading into a crucial final 20 mins.
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65min: Chelsea break over the halfway line and Palmer is in ACRES of space. He’s found and storms into the box and is quickly crowded out and has to settle for a corner.
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63min: Mudryk is replaced by Palmer in Chelsea’s first change. The £88m man’s wait for a first goal or assist continues.
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61min: Ironic cheers from the Chelsea fans as Kerkez is booked for dragging down Sterling. Bournemouth’s first booking today to Chelsea’s two.
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59min: Looks like he will be OK after some treatment. You wonder when Pochettino makes some changes, though.
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57min: Concern for Gusto as he tumbles under pressure from Christie. No foul but the Chelsea defender looks to have tweaked his ankle.
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53min: Oh, wow. Jackson with one of the worst shots I have ever seen. Even worse than his miss against Nottingham Forest.
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50min: Oh, my! Sterling’s delivery is almost perfect right into the top corner but it hits the angle of post and bar and bounces down onto the line. Colwill pounces on the rebound but is offside.
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49min: Mudryk is wiped out right on the edge of the box by Aarons. A good opportunity which Sterling fancies.
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46min: Back underway with no changes.
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Gallagher has been impressive, Sterling has been lively, Mudryk has had the odd moment and Jackson hit the post.
But it’s all in fits and starts for Chelsea so far. Both teams look like they have a goal in them.
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47min: That’s your lot for the first half. Not the greatest in the rain.
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45min: One minute added on.
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41min: Bournemouth also have a goal in them, but not with decision-making like this. Christie breaks free on the right and turns into the box but opts to shoot rather than cross and the angle to far too tight to beat Sanchez.
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39min: If Chelsea do end up scoring today - and it’s looking likely - then Gallagher will surely be involved. He is everywhere today, making things happen. His team-mates need to keep up or catch up.
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36min: These Chelsea chances are racking up. Now Sterling and Jackson combine, slipping in the latter for a pop which does not go as planned. Sterling probably should have had a go himself.
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33min: It really should be 1-0 to Chelsea.
Gallagher does brilliantly to control a ball from Mudryk and test Neto, but the Bournemouth keeper is more than a match.
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30min: Bournemouth showing far more of themselves as we reach the half-hour mark, but little in the way of clear-cut chances since Ouattara was denied.
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27min: Half a chance for Bournemouth up the other end as Billing does well to bring down a cross but as he turns to shoot is dispossessed.
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25min: Gusto and Sterling combine again, or try to at least as the defender’s cross to gobbled up by Bournemouth keeper Neto.
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22min: Another chance for Sterling and another he should really have done better with. Gusto and Gallagher combine on the right to allow the defender to drill a cross into Sterling, who does well to bring down but then wildly swipes at a shot.
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19min: Tavernier follows up with a shot of his own but it’s down Sanchez’s throat.
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18min: Out of nothing, Bournemouth almost take the lead!
A smart turn by Tavernier on the right and he has space to drill the ball across the penalty area and only a superb save from Sanchez denies Ouattara from six yards.
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16min: It’s all Chelsea in these opening stages as Bournemouth struggle to get a foot on the ball. The visitors are boasting 70 per cent possession.
Nizaar Kinsella at Vitality Stadium
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The away supporters are chanting “Chelsea reject” at Bournemouth’s star striker Dominic Solanke, once of the Blues academy.
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13min: So close from Jackson!
Another neat link-up in the forward line allows Jackson to push inside and fire in a shot from the edge of the area which bounces back off the post.
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10min: Sterling should score!
Smart work by Gallagher on the corner of the area to dink a ball into Sterling, and taking out three defenders in the process, but the forward doesn’t look up and completely shanks a shot across the face of goal.
Nizaar Kinsella at Vitality Stadium
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Mykhailo Mudryk’s presence in the team has been interesting early on. His teammates have been very communicative with him to try and make this work as he is chosen ahead of Ben Chilwell. His first cross was overhit leading to an earful from captain Conor Gallagher.
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6min: Gusto’s slip was not a one-off. It’s not ideal conditions to be playing football or, y’know, running out there.
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4min: An early booking for Sterling after a clumsy tackle on Solanke. That will not please a selection of FPL players.
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2min: First sight of goal falls to Chelsea as Fernandez has a tame effort from 20 yards after Sterling spots him centrally.
It’s pretty wet out there, and Gusto has just slipped to give away possession.
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1min: Here we go!
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Here come the teams, it’s almost time.
Andoni Iraola to Sky Sports
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"We've been more comfortable lately and have not conceded so many chances when pressing high.
"We just have to do this when we are lower, otherwise we are being punished. We need to keep the intensity.
"Sometimes when you feel like you have help either side, you don't feel the urgency and you are waiting for someone else to make the play.
"We need the same level of focus for low play, as well as high."
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It has been tipping it down in Bournemouth all day so far, but is starting to clear up now as kick-off approaches.
Bournemouth will certainly be no pushovers today, despite their winless start to the season. They would have beaten Brentford last time out if it wasn’t for Bryan Mbeumo’s stunning piece of skill in added time in their previous game.
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You can read more about Moises Caicedo’s latest injury setback here.
Pochettino on Caicedo
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“Moises Caicedo arrived back from international duty with a knock in his knee. We need to assess him in the next few days but he wasn’t available for today, that’s why he not here.
”We are going to play Mudryk in the position that Chilwell is playing. We wanted to play with a much more offensive player and, of course, keeping the same line up in the back four.
“It’s a great opportunity for these guys who didn’t start in the first month to show they have the quality to compete in the Premier League. We need to win, we need to show we are Chelsea, there are no excuses.”
Nizaar Kinsella at Vitality Stadium
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It’s interesting that Conor Gallagher takes the captain’s armband ahead of Thiago Silva or Enzo Fernandez. It means he is the third in line after Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
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So, Mykhailo Mudryk starts for the first time this season as Ben Chilwell drops to the bench. Conor Gallagher is captain for the day.
Lesley Ugochukwu also comes in, with Moises Caicedo not fit to feature following the international break.
For Bournemouth, Marcus Tavernier came in for his first start of the season after recovering from injury, with Adam Smith also fit enough to return to the bench.
Nizaar Kinsella at Vitality Stadium
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Moises Caicedo misses out today, along with Marc Cucurella and Noni Madueke, leaving Chelsea with a very young starting XI and bench. Those nine ruled out through injury now up to a staggering 12 players.
Ronnie Stutter and Alex Matos make Chelsea's squad for the first time, while Deivid Washington and Alfie Gilchrist have been unused substitutes before. Only three members of Chelsea's bench have played official senior matches for the club.
Lineups in full
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Bournemouth XI: Neto, Aarons, Zabarnyi, Kelly, Kerkez, Christie, Cook, Ouattara, Billing, Tavernier, Solanke
Subs: Brooks, Rothwell, Smith, Sinisterra, Kluivert, Andrei Radu, Traore, Semenyo, Senesi
Chelsea XI: Sanchez, Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill, Gallagher, Ugochukwu, Sterling, Fernandez, Mudryk, Jackson
Subs: Palmer, Chilwell, Petrovic, Maatsen, Washington, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Matos, Stutter
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And the hosts.
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Well, well, well.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 17, 2023
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Caicedo also not in the starting XI today as Ugochukwu starts.
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Early reports that Ben Chilwell has been dropped... which is a strange decision if true.
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Team news to be confirmed in just under 20 minutes, and we’re hearing the bench may not be the strongest Chelsea have ever named.
Not surprising considering their 11 first-team absentees.
Pochettino: Chelsea youngsters need time
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Chelsea are today looking to win away from home for just the second time since March and Mauricio Pochettino spoke positively about his side's performances so far this campaign despite a points return that has left them 12th.
He emphasised that his young squad are carrying the club into a new era where success is planned over a longer period, investing in potential rather than ready-made stars.
"I cannot give my opinion about what (critics) said because I didn't hear," he added. "But it's obvious that at the moment, if you're talking about a name like John Terry or Lampard or Drogba... come on.
"Today maybe we have the potential of Lampard or Terry or Drogba, but they are young. They need to prove that they can be one of these guys.
"In the past, Chelsea was about to sign (big) players, like Drogba. Now the idea is to buy young people to have the possibility to develop and to build a team. We are in the process of building a team."
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The bookies agree with us.
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The Cherries are yet to win under new management despite showing some promise themselves. Still, Chelsea surely have to win and certainly have the quality to do so.
Chelsea to win 3-1.
Chelsea team news
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Chelsea‘s fitness problems have mounted ahead of today’s game, with Romeo Lavia the last addition to their extensive injury list.
The 19-year-old midfielder signed from Southampton last month but is yet to make his debut. Chelsea say he is being “assessed for an injury” after twisting his ankle over the international break.
Lavia joins Benoit Badiashile, Armando Broja, Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Trevoh Chalobah and Marcus Bettinelli on the sidelines. Badiashile and Broja are closing in on a recovery but won’t play at Bournemouth with a return earmarked for the match next week at home to Aston Villa.
Chelsea will likely stick to their tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation despite only earning four points from their first four games. It means Robert Sanchez will continue in goal in front of a back four featuring Malo Gusto, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva and Levi Colwill.
Chelsea will play with their usual midfield trio of Conor Gallagher, Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo. There will also be a front three of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Jackson and Ben Chilwell.
Bournemouth team news
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Bournemouth have collected just two points from their opening four fixtures but the international break has allowed them to regroup, with several of their players returning to fitness.
Marcus Tavernier is pushing to return and Dango Ouattara could make his first appearance of the season, but summer signing Alex Scott will miss Sunday's visit of Chelsea.
"We are slowly, slowly recovering important players for us - we are getting stronger," Iraola added.
Andoni Iraola has praised Lloyd Kelly for how the defender has handled the fallout following his move to Tottenham collapsing on transfer deadline day.
"He has trained really well these past two weeks," Iraola said. "They have been very good weeks for him because he came from an injury and he needed the workload.
"We were here just training with nine or 10 players so we could focus more on them. They have been really successful weeks for him."
Where to watch
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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Live stream: Subscribers can watch on a live stream via the Sky Go website or app.
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Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Bournemouth and Chelsea.
Both teams are in need of a win, though you suspect the big-spending Blues have already run out of excuses after another £400million outlay over the summer.
Bournemouth have not been shy with their wallet either, though, and a scalp today for manager Andoni Iraola’s first win in charge cannot be ruled out.
Kick-off at the Vitality Stadium is at 2pm BST and we have Nizaar Kinsella there for us.