Full-time: Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

  • Eden Hazard notches his first Premier League goal of the season as Chelsea secure a comfortable victory at the Vitality Stadium
  • Belgian playmaker beats former teammate Asmir Begovic at his near post six minutes after the interval
  • Alvaro Morata's first-half effort ruled out for offside
  • Third straight win in all competitions lifts the Blues back above Arsenal and into fourth, nine points behind leaders Manchester City
  • Bournemouth register their first shot on target in the 92nd minute
  • The Cherries remain 19th and one point adrift of safety after suffering their seventh defeat in 10 games
  • Earlier: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham, Arsenal 2-1 Swansea, Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield
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That is all from me for today, thanks for following along. IBTimes UK will be back in midweek to bring you the latest round of Champions League fixtures.

Until then, it's goodbye.


Bournemouth's seventh defeat of the season keeps them 19th, one point adrift of safety. They travel to Newcastle next.


Not a game that will live too long in the memory, but nevertheless a comfortable win for Chelsea that puts them back above Arsenal and into fourth on goal difference.

They are now one point behind Tottenham, four adrift of Manchester United and nine off dominant leaders Manchester City.

After that midweek trip to Italy, the Blues host former boss Jose Mourinho and United in their final outing before the next international break.

Antonio Conte



Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea


The ball falls kindly for Steve Cook on the edge of the box, but his shot lacks direction and is easily held by Courtois.

Was that the last chance for Bournemouth to grab a share of the spoils?


Four minutes of added time signalled. Bournemouth do not look capable of threatening a late equaliser here.


Azpilicueta beats Pugh to Francis' cross before the Bournemouth captain is retrospectively booked for blocking off Alonso.

Nervy goalkeeping from Begovic as he races out of his area and needs two attempts to get the ball clear after a spot of head tennis with Willian.

You aren't playing for Chelsea anymore, Asmir.


Willian for Hazard is Conte's third and final switch. There is definitely one eye being kept on Tuesday's Champions League trip to Roma with these substitutions.

Chelsea's goalscorer gets a deserved standing ovation from the travelling fans. The best player on the pitch tonight, no question.


After a challenge from Bakayoko, the mightily impressive Hazard releases Fabregas on the overlap. He tries to beat Begovic at his back post but gets too much power on the strike.


Azpilicueta concedes a corner but again Bournemouth's set-piece delivery is not up to the required standard.

We know that is an area where Chelsea can be vulnerable.


With 78 minutes on the clock, Conte opts for a double change. Pedro and Morata make way for Drinkwater and super sub Michy Batshuayi.


Terrific last-ditch defending from Azpilicueta to block Wilson's close-range shot after a low cross from Ibe.


Having already seen Stanislas go off injured, Bournemouth are going to lose Afobe now too. Wilson comes on to make his first top-flight appearance since January.


Pugh, after ruining a previous attack with a rogue pass, cannot hope to take the sting out of a powerful right-wing cross from Smith and his header goes harmlessly over.


Hazard and Ibe both shoot high and wide.

Pedro then fires straight at Begovic after dominant Chelsea piece together another eye-catching passing move.


Junior Stanislas pulls up holding his groin and won't be able to see out the final half an hour.

Howe looks to his bench for the second time tonight, sending on Marc Pugh.



The first yellow card of the evening goes to Smith for a mistimed sliding challenge on Hazard.


Bakayoko shoots too high for Chelsea before Rudiger deflects Ibe's vicious drive over the crossbar.

Bournemouth are not out of this game yet, particularly when you consider Chelsea's recent defensive record.


A comedy of errors from Bournemouth as they are outmuscled in midfield and Francis slips while attempting to cut out Morata's lofted pass for Hazard.

Begovic then allows the fleet-footed Belgian to beat him at his near post. That's Hazard's first league goal of the season.

Eden Hazard


Goal: Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea (Eden Hazard)


Lewis Cook launches an early second-half shot into orbit. At the other end, Alonso is unable to provide a good enough cross for Morata.


The second half is upon us. One change at the interval, with Howe introducing former club-record signing Ibe in place of the isolated Defoe.



Bournemouth 0-0 Chelsea