The tricky dilemma of trying to implement a new playing style on your Premier League squad while fashioning positive performances and results on the pitch.
Maurizio Sarri has claimed it will take roughly two months to achieved the desired effect at Stamford Bridge, although a victory against Bournemouth on Saturday means that Chelsea go into the international break with four wins on the board and claims to challenge for the title.
Paddy Power go as short as 1/5 about the Blues although Ladbrokes offer a more generous 2/7 that the London side land another maximum haul, with Chelsea finding a way to win at St James’ Park as they had against Arsenal the previous week.
A Dodgy Defense?
Defensively, there are clearly question marks considering the ease with which Newcastle were able to equalise so quickly after falling behind, although Sarri will always attempt to outscore the opposition and won’t care so greatly for clean sheets.
Indeed, bet365 have 7/4 that Chelsea win and both teams find the net in this game, with Bournemouth arriving feeling pretty good about their season so far and ready to have a crack at Stamford Bridge.
It’s hard to think of many Premier League matches where the Cherries have set up to simply contain their opponents, with Eddie Howe engineering an unthinkable 3-0 victory in this fixture last season and Sarri will surely be wary of his team’s opponents.
The Cherries’ Odds Look Sweet
Bournemouth are a 16/1 poke with Ladbrokes to win the game and that is simply too big a price about the Dorset club triumphing considering this is a team who scoring and looking hard to beat.
Howe is another unrepentant manager when it comes to keeping clean sheets and the form of Callum Wilson has been outstanding thus far, with the striker looking for an injury-free campaign and more goals after shining in all three games to date.
It was Wilson who scored the opener at the Bridge last season and Betway have an intriguing 12/1 that the England hopeful breaks the deadlock against a team who gift-wrapped several scoring chances to Arsenal a fortnight ago before eventually coming through to win.
The Cherries have scored two goals in each of their games to date, with the south coast team the only side to have scored against Cardiff before triumphing at West Ham and then storming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Everton.
Things May End Up Square
This never-say-die spirit certainly gives the visitors a chance of getting a positive result and BetVictor have 13/2 about this match ending all square and denting the 100% record of Chelsea as a result.
There is always the possibility that Chelsea will run riot against inferior opponents, especially with Eden Hazard getting up to speed and also on penalty duties for the Blues.
Ladbrokes have 20/23 that the home side get their noses in front by the break and then land the maximum haul come the final whistle, with BetVictor offering a much bigger 25/1 that Bournemouth are ahead at the break before Chelsea come storming back to win.
Eden Hazard is a 9/2 chance with Betway to break the deadlock although it’s been noticeable as to how much N’Golo Kante is advancing for his team at the moment and Unibet’s17/1 looks an attractive price considering that the manager has given the Frenchman licence to rove forward.