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Predicted Chelsea XI to face Bournemouth: James & Havertz pushing for starts as Fofana, Kovacic & Ziyech miss out



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Chelsea return to Premier League action on Tuesday when they face AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Graham Potter is under pressure to get his side back to winning ways after not winning any of their last five league games prior to the World Cup break.

Chelsea are currently down in eighth having lost their last three outings in the league and come up against a Bournemouth side who Potter believes have seen ‘significant improvement’ under Gary O’Neil.

Potter has plenty of absentees due to injury and fitness problems, while Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech have yet to return from their post-World Cup holidays.

Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kante and Armando Broja are all out, while Reece James is pushing to be in contention to make his return.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Carney Chukwuemeka appear to be making progress on their returns, but it remains unclear if they will be available to face the Cherries.

So how could Chelsea line-up against AFC Bournemouth?

Possible XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella, James, Jorginho, Gallagher, Hall, Mount, Havertz, Sterling

Potter knows Chelsea will have to go through ‘bad moments’ but hopes his side can overcome their pre-World Cup issues and get back on a winning run and emulate their nine-game unbeaten streak when the 47-year-old was first appointed in September.

“It’s always nice to win. We know the situation, we know how important it is, we want to try our best. We were suffering before the break, results weren’t what we wanted, performances not so good either.

“You go through these moments. You have to accept they happen and get through them. A break can help, of course.”