Jose Mourinho will decide whether he restores Diego Costa to the starting line-up or continue to freeze him out as he did against Tottenham.
The pair fell out during Chelsea’s recent Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Spanish striker was an unused substitute at White Hart Lane.
Costa did not take part in the pre-match warm-up and appeared to throw his bib in Mourinho’s direction after being told he wasn’t coming on.
The Chelsea boss is not renowned for being very forgiving and could give new father Loic Remy a recall after he missed the draw in north London to witness the birth.
Indeed, after the game, Mourinho suggested Costa was fortunate that he was the last of his big players to be dropped.
Despite the controversy, Branislav Ivanovic believes the striker will return a better player after his exile.
He said: “I expect Diego to come back strongly. I think we started the season as a team and we have to finish as a team.
“This is important. When we start losing, we all know it’s not about the one or two players playing badly or playing well.
“It’s about the team. Diego didn’t play today but I know he’ll be ready for the next game. He scored against Norwich – the winning goal.
“It’s all about the team in the moment. I think we all have to think about that. Sometimes, for a player who isn’t playing it’s difficult but it is a normal situation for the club.”
Eden Hazard was deployed in a false nine position and Mourinho could use that system against the Cherries and the Belgian’s work-rate impressed Ivanovic.
He added: “It was new for him in the team. It was difficult for me to see how he was playing as I was concentrating on myself.
“He’s done well and I think this is one more good side of us to be a team in every second of the game and Eden has done very well today. I think with a bit of luck, he’ll have scored.”
John Terry could return at Stamford Bridge as could Ramires after their injuries in Israel last week.