Match points: Chelsea v Bournemouth

Cesc Fabregas.
Cesc Fabregas.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Jack Wilshere.
Jack Wilshere.PHOTO: REUTERS
Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard.PHOTO: REUTERS
Harry Arter.
Harry Arter.PHOTO: REUTERS
Michy Batshuayi.
Michy Batshuayi.PHOTO: REUTERS
Steve Cook.
Steve Cook.PHOTO: REUTERS

Key battles

Cesc Fabregas v Jack Wilshere

A reunion of Arsenal team-mates. Fabregas is set for just his fourth league start of the season, Wilshere a 12th as he is finally getting first-team football. Often a No. 10 for Bournemouth, he should drop in to complete a deeper trio on Monday. Whoever is the dominant passer should help his side set the tempo and dominate the game.

Eden Hazard v Harry Arter

Hazard has twice as many league goals as he managed in the whole of last season but, strangely, only one assist. That puts him behind Arter, the energetic player Bournemouth bought from non-league Woking for just £4,000 (S$7,100). The Ireland international is often at the hub of their passing game. Here he has to check Hazard is not in space behind him.

Michy Batshuayi v Steve Cook

The £33.6 million (S$59.6 million) Belgian has played only 78 minutes of Premier League football in 10 cameo appearances. He has similar pace to Costa and can drag defences deeper, but lacks his menacing aggression. Cook, a scorer against Liverpool, assumes greater responsibility without his regular partner Nathan Ake as Simon Francis should move infield.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2016, with the headline 'Match points: Chelsea v Bournemouth '. Print Edition | Subscribe