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Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas in master act as Eden Hazard returns with a brace

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Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a comfortable victory at Bournemouth.

Fabregas set Chelsea’s first three goals and Hazard scored twice as the Blues cruised to a 4-1 win at the Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth, who stunned Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in December, started well.

But they fell behind after five minutes when Pedro finished off swift Chelsea counter-attack involving Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Fabregas.

Fabregas then teed up Hazard to fire in Chelsea’s second from 20 yards on 34 minutes with a clever back-heel.

Bournemouth hit back with an instant reply two minutes later when Tommy Elphick headed in Simon Francis’s cross to make it 2-1.

But Willian, from another Fabregas pass, and Hazard, from Nemanja Matic’s cross, wrapped up Chelsea’s win with second half goals..

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Cesc Fabregas has remembered how to play football again after admitting this week that he forgot in the final months of Jose Mourinho’s reign.

He put on a midfield masterclass against Bournemouth. His passing was excellent and he set up three of Chelsea’s four goals.

His return to form has come too late for Chelsea as their season is over but is good news for Spain ahead of the Euros.

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Begovic audition

If Asmir Begovic has two games to prove he could replace Thibaut Courtois if the Belgian leaves, as has been suggested, this was not a good start.

The Bosnian – in for the banned Courtois – looked shaky all afternoon, especially with his kicking, and having made a meal of dealing with Marc Pugh’s cross was then too slow to react and deal with Tommy Elphick’s header which crept in off the post.

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Drought over for Hazard

Eden Hazard marked his return from injury with a goal. Incredibly it was his first in the league all season, a stat that sums up the 2014/15 double player of the year’s rapid decline.

Not only that, it was his first in open play for Chelsea for over a year.

His only other two Chelsea goals this season were a penalty at MK Dons and free-kick against Manchester City, both in the FA Cup.

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Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs

Flexible Mikel

Jon Obi Mikel was an attacking midfielder in his early years before developing into a defensive midfielder in his senior career.

And he showed his versatility again by filling in as a centre-back against Bournemouth, filling in for the ill Gary Cahill.

He had a few awkward moments against tricky customers Joshua King and Lewis Grabban but some good ones too.

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Bournemouth’s survival

They are almost safe but Eddie Howe won’t be satisfied a job very well done is done until it is mathematically confirmed.

After this defeat they are 11 points clear of the drop zone with three games to play.

They could still be caught by Sunderland who have five games to play.

It is unlikely but Howe won’t be happy until survival is clinched and nor will he be by his side’s form. This was a fourth defeat in five matches.

Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs

Player ratings

Bournemouth : Boruc 6; Francis 6, Elphick 7, Cook 7, Daniels 6; Surman 6, Gosling 6; Stanislas 6 (Ritchie 78, 6), Grabban 5 (Afobe 63, 6), Pugh 6; King 7 (Wilson 63, 5).

Unused : Federici, MacDonald, Wiggins, O’Kane.

Chelsea : Begovic 5; Azpilicueta 6, Ivanovic 6, Mikel 6, Rahman 5; Fabregas MOTM 9, Matic 6; Pedro 7, Willian 7 (Loftus-Cheek 83, 5), Hazard 7; Costa 6.

Unused : Amelia, Miazga, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao.

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English Barclays Premier League

Pos Logo &Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Leicester CityLeicester City 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 73
2 Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur 34 19 11 4 64 25 39 68
3 Manchester CityManchester City 35 19 7 9 66 34 32 64
4 ArsenalArsenal 34 18 9 7 58 34 24 63
5 Manchester UnitedManchester United 34 17 8 9 42 30 12 59
6 West Ham UnitedWest Ham United 34 14 14 6 57 43 14 56
7 LiverpoolLiverpool 34 15 10 9 58 45 13 55
8 SouthamptonSouthampton 35 15 9 11 49 37 12 54
9 ChelseaChelsea 34 12 11 11 53 46 7 47
10 Stoke CityStoke City 35 13 8 14 37 51 -14 47
11 EvertonEverton 34 9 14 11 53 48 5 41
12 WatfordWatford 34 11 8 15 33 40 -7 41
13 BournemouthBournemouth 35 11 8 16 42 61 -19 41
14 Swansea CitySwansea City 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 40
15 West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion 34 10 10 14 31 42 -11 40
16 Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace 35 10 9 16 36 45 -9 39
17 Norwich CityNorwich City 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 31
18 SunderlandSunderland 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 30
19 Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United 35 7 9 19 38 64 -26 30
20 Aston VillaAston Villa 35 3 7 25 25 69 -44 16

Match Stats — Team Stats

BOURNEMOUTHV.CHELSEA

  • Attack

    Goals
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    1 20%80% 4
    Total Shots (including blocked shots)
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    13 44.8%55.2% 16
    Shots On Target
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    4 50%50% 4
    Blocked Shots
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    3 27.3%72.7% 8
    Shots from outside the box
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    6 50%50% 6
    Shots from inside the box
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    7 41.2%58.8% 10
    Shot Accuracy (excluding blocked shots)
    Bournemouth Comparison Chelsea
    40% 44.4%55.6% 50%

    Bournemouth

    • 1A. BorucGoalkeeper
    • 11C. Daniels
    • 5T. ElphickGoal
    • 2S. Francis
    • 3S. Cook
    • 7M. Pugh
    • 6A. Surman
    • 19J. StanislasSubstitution Off
    • 4D. Gosling
    • 28L. GrabbanSubstitution Off
    • 17J. KingSubstitution Off
    Substitutes
    • 13C. WilsonSubstitution On
    • 20B. AfobeSubstitution On
    • 16S. MacDonald
    • 30M. RitchieSubstitution OnYellow Card
    • 32E. O’Kane
    • 23A. Federici
    • 29R. Wiggins

    Coach Eddie Howe
    Chelsea

    • 1A. BegovicGoalkeeper
    • 12J. Mikel
    • 2B. Ivanovic
    • 28C. Azpilicueta
    • 6Baba Rahman
    • 10E. HazardGoalGoal
    • 22WillianGoalSubstitution Off
    • 17PedroGoal
    • 21N. Matic
    • 4C. Fàbregas
    • 19Diego Costa
    Substitutes
    • 11Alexandre Pato
    • 9Falcao
    • 14B. Traore
    • 36R. Loftus-CheekSubstitution On
    • 32M. Amelia
    • 20M. Miazga
    • 16Kenedy

    Coach Guus Hiddink
    Starting formation

    Bournemouth Bournemouth Chelsea Chelsea
    4 – 4 – 2 4 – 2 – 3 – 1

    • A. Boruc1
    • C. Daniels11
    • T. Elphick5
    • S. Francis2
    • S. Cook3
    • M. Pugh7
    • A. Surman6
    • J. Stanislas19
    • D. Gosling4
    • L. Grabban28
    • J. King17

    • 1A. Begovic
    • 12J. Mikel
    • 2B. Ivanovic
    • 28C. Azpilicueta
    • 6Baba Rahman
    • 10E. Hazard
    • 22Willian
    • 17Pedro
    • 21N. Matic
    • 4C. Fàbregas
    • 19Diego Costa