Chelsea will play 10th place Bournemouth on Boxing day without Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe isn’t convinced Chelsea will be weaker without Costa and Kante. Howe believes Chelsea will be as strong as ever.
“Yes, Chelsea have a few suspended but they have a very good squad and players of equal ability will come in,” Howe said.
“I saw Cesc Fabregas come on against Crystal Palace and he was excellent, so it will be a very difficult game regardless of who plays.
“Every Premier League game was daunting for us when we were first promoted. Now we’re accustomed to the pressures of this league.”