The first game of Frank Lampard’s tenure as Head Coach
With six days of pre-season under their belt, Chelsea return to action in Dublin in our first game (of seven) of the 2019-20 pre-season campaign against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
WHO ARE BOHEMIANS?
Bohemian F.C., more commonly referred to as Bohemians, are the oldest League of Ireland club in continuous existence after being formed way back in 1890.
The Bohs play in The League of Ireland Premier Division, winning the league title on eleven occasions – last time being in 2009 – along with winning the FAI Cup seven times.
Their Dalymount Park ground was opened in 1901 and was previously home to the Irish (Republic of Ireland) national team. It has a capacity of 4,227 and is sold out for tonight’s game.
The Bohs are currently two-thirds of the way through their 2019 campaign and sit third in the table, five points ahead of St Patrick’s Athletic, who the Blues face on Saturday. They are also into the League Cup semi-finals.
The main threat from Bohemians will be striker Daniel Corcoran, who is currently the joint-second top scorer in the league with 7 goals.
The current manager is Keith Long, who has been manager of the Bohs since 2014, replacing Owen Heary.
Chelsea have played Bohemians once before, beating them 2-0 at Dalymount Park in July 1991.
From the initial 21-man squad that flew out to Dublin last Friday for the mini-tour of Ireland, the training camp expanded to 35 players on Monday – which gives Lampard plenty of options to choose from.
It’s expected that Lampard will pick mainly from the initial set of players, whilst the group that arrived three days will most probably to build-up their fitness regimes ahead of the remaining six games of the pre-season campaign.
Expect a mixture of youngsters, loanees and first-team players for tonight’s game – with the majority of the youngsters in the squad returning to Cobham after this game.
HOW TO WATCH
Let’s hope for goodness all-round from tonight’s game – win, performance and start for Frank Lampard’s side.