Chelsea make the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday having successfully made amends for their first title race blip.

Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Manchester City came four days after a shock home loss to Crystal Palace, allowing second-placed Tottenham to close the gap on top spot to seven points.

Diego Costa appeared to kick out at Vincent Kompany during the game, which could yet result in a ban but as yet there has been no word from the FA.

Bournemouth were soundly beaten 3-0 when these two teams met earlier in the season but the Cherries are unbeaten in five and earned a 1-1 draw at Liverpool last time out.


Victor Moses is back in contention for Saturday’s match, and Conte has no other injury concerns.

The right wing-back missed Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace and Wednesday’s win over Manchester City with a toe injury.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Begovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Alonso, Kante, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Costa, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina, Ake.

Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling is rated as only 50/50 because of a knee injury.

Ryan Fraser comes back into contention for a starting place after his substitute appearance at Liverpool, but Andrew Surman is out with a knee problem.

Winger Junior Stanislas has been carrying a groin injury, while defender Tyrone Mings serves out his five-match suspension for a stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Forward Callum Wilson, goalkeeper Adam Federici and defender Rhoys Wiggins all continue their recoveries from knee injuries.

Provisional Squad: Boruc, A Smith, Francis, Daniels, Cook, Wilshere, Pugh, Arter, Ibe, Afobe, King, Allsop, Gradel, Fraser, Cook, Mousset, Cargill, B Smith, Allsop, Stanislas, Gosling.


Bournemouth starting XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Ibe, Arter, Wilshere, Pugh; King; Afobe

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Costa

Source: Alex Young