The Cherries will be hoping to make the most of this home fixture to start the new season with as they take on the newly promoted Cardiff. The Cherries did well at home last season against sides in the bottom half of the table which is where the Bluebirds are expected to end up. Will Cardiff’s battling qualities translate into any points in this opener?
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
The Cherries posted a W7 D5 L7 record on the south coast last season at home in the Premier League and six of those seven defeats were against sides who finished in the top seven at the end of the season. So really outside of that, they handled themselves well on home soil. Of the sides who may be pegged for a bottom half of the table finish this season, Bournemouth are just the ones who you don’t really have concerns over when it comes to goals. They play a free enough, open enough game to get them on the board but as their defence had their struggles last term we are looking at both teams to score at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).
Cardiff will be direct against them and we’re not sure how the Cherries will handle that. Plus there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 17 of Bournemouth’s last 21 Premier League games as well, so a high return of goals is something to look for. The Cherries splashed some big money around in the summer to get David Brooks from Sheffield United and Diego Rico from Leganes. They broke their club record in landing Jefferson Lerma, a midfielder from Levante. Callum Wilson is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).
So Cardiff’s well-drilled game plan got them up to the Premier League. They would have finished bottom of the league if the standings were based on completed passes. That’s not something they are going to bring to the table, but you can expect them to deliver a physical, direct presence. They will probably have a bit of a bite about them as well and not be afraid to get stuck in. This isn’t the worst opening game of the new season that they could have landed for themselves, but it is a tricky one all the same. That’s because Bournemouth like to get the ball down and pour forward.
The Bluebirds have made a lot of changes to their squad over the summer, notably bringing in Bobby Reid from Bristol City to try and get them the goals that they will need to survive. We are backing them in Bournemouth v Cardiff betting tips to get on the board but appealing in the bet365 correct score market is a Bournemouth 2-1 win at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). The Bluebirds will probably give a good account of themselves but it may not be enough for them to get a point out of this opener.
This will be the first meeting between Bournemouth and Cardiff since they were together in the 2014/15 Championship. Bournemouth collected four points from those games, landing a 5-3 win on home soil against the Bluebirds. The overall head to head stands in favour of the Cherries at 17-13 with eleven drawn games. Cardiff have won just one of the last six meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions. Eight of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.
Cardiff will deliver a lot of route one type of stuff and we can see Bournemouth handling themselves on the day well enough. The Bluebirds are a hard-working team under Neil Warnock as you would expect, but the Cherries have the extra quality and can take a win, but back both teams to score.
9th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Bournemouth have a very good manager in Eddie Howe but they didn’t have the most comfortable of seasons last term. They really struggled to find their feet over the first half of the season but then started to put things together around Christmas which eventually helped them get safe. It wasn’t quite the positive season overall that they would have expected to have had, but they got themselves up into 12th place at the end of the day with a final flourish of six points from their last two games. The thing with Bournemouth is that they look still as if they are going to blow hot and cold.
Bournemouth have had quite the clear out over the summer at the time of writing and while some of it can be seen as dead weight, you wonder what budget they will have to try and strengthen the squad. Bournemouth struggled at times with alternative tactics and formations last season. That is something that they are going to have to address to try and get themselves a little more competitive, especially out on the road. Certainly, in defence, they need a bit more strength and mobility than what they showed last season but out of the sides who finished in the bottom half of the table last season, Bournemouth were the ones you would worry about the least in terms of getting goals.
That is because Howe likes to put out a positive approach but it did prove costly at the back for them at times. They have got Callum Wilson on a new extended deal and he is worth a poke to be their top goalscorer in the top flight this season. Bournemouth have brought in a new fullback in Diego Rico and they have been linked to Uruguay’s Diego Laxalt as well. Getting things together at the back will help them when it comes to switching formations during matches and circumstances. They probably won’t be looking to change too much going forward. It will also have a knock-on effect on making them better travellers as well because they were poor on the road the last term.
Crystal Palace 11/2
* (betting odds taken on July 26th, 20189 at 4:26 pm)
You have odds of 9/2 on things falling apart* (betting odds taken on July 26th, 20189 at 4:26 pm) for the Cherries this season and suffering relegation. There are much weaker squads knocking around the Premier League and we really don’t see much of a chance of them going down. The ambition for Bournemouth has to be much bigger than that and to that end, they are 5/2 odds with bet365 to record a top half of the table finish* (betting odds taken on July 26th, 20189 at 4:26 pm). They should stay up.
It is not a bad fixture list waiting for the Cherries at the start of the season with two of their three matches in August being played at the Vitality Stadium. They open there against the newly-promoted Cardiff on the opening weekend of the new season and face Everton there at the end of the month. Those games sandwich a trip to West Ham. In their first six fixtures of the new season, Bournemouth will face just one of the big six, which will be Chelsea at the start of September. Really November and December is when the real grind against the big clubs will being for the Cherries.
In the busy December schedule, they face Man City, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United. But there is an opportunity for Eddie Howe’s men to get something of a positive start under their belt with fresh legs. They will also be mightily pleased with the end of season run in that they get as well. In their final six games of the 2018/19 Premier League season, the Cherries will again face only one of the big six which is Supra at the Beginning of May. Games against the likes of Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton during that sequence will help give the Cherries a good chance of staying afloat.
The Cherries are probably going to be alright with comfortable fixture lists at either end of the season which is always nice. They may have to tough it out through December but otherwise can handle themselves well. The thing about Bournemouth compared to any other sides who may potentially struggle this season is that the Cherries are mindful enough about the attacking side of the game and they will go out and look for goals. If they get the strengthening of their defence just right in the summer transfer window, we are confidently booking the Cherries for a top half of the table finish at 5/2 odds* (betting odds taken on July 26th, 20189 at 4:26 pm).
29th July 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
While the Premier League title race can be broken down to just a small handful of clubs, when it comes to the Premier League Relegation market at bet365 then things are much more wide open. You have a whole crop of teams in single figures to be suffering the drop down to the Championship for the following season. If last season’s Premier League relegation scrap is anything to go by, it could be another intense battle with plenty of clubs involved.
You look back to the end of the last season, while it was West Brom, Stoke and Swansea who occupied the bottom three spots in the top flight at the close of the season, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, West Ham, Huddersfield, Brighton and Southampton all had their struggles along the way and were looking in danger at one point or another. But at the end of the day the three newly promoted clubs did all survive (Huddersfield, Brighton and Newcastle) how will this current crop of newly promoted sides (Cardiff, Fulham and Wolves) fare?
Crystal Palace 11/2
West Ham 6/1
* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)
Of the three teams coming up to the Premier League for the 2018/19 season Wolves appear to be the most trustworthy of them as they are at 6/1 odds to get relegated* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm). Considering that Cardiff are the odds-on favourites and Fulham are narrow at 6/4* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) then it speaks volumes about Wolves and what they could bring to the top flight. They were so good in the Championship this season and haven’t been shy in spreading the cash around in the summer transfer market. Nino Espirito Santo’s side does look pretty well equipped to survive the rigours of the top flight.
Cardiff have been splashing a bit of cash around in the summer as well in an attempt to secure top-flight survival. To their credit, it looked as if they were not going to have the strength in depth to sustain a promotion push last season and at one point during the Festive period it looked as if it that was the case as they lost four on the bounce. Back in 2014, they went straight back down after having earned promotion. Owner Vincent Tan seems keen to avoid a repeat of that as they have allowed boss Neil Warnock to add some quality to his side.
Fulham were an out and out joy to watch last season in the Championship as they were so good at both ends of the pitch. They missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season but had enough to get through the playoffs. The more of the squad that they finished last season with, including loanees Aleksandar Mitrovic and Matt Targett, the better they will be. They have a got a great deal in bringing in Jean Michael Seri into the midfield. They play slick football and could be a great addition to the top flight.
Both will be better off for having had a gritty season in the top flight under their belts. That is precious experience gained but both were in the relegation mix down the backstretch and with the quality of the teams coming up, this could be another long season. They broke their transfer record to get Terence Kongolo in the summer to try and move in a positive direction. It will likely be another industrious workmanlike season from them. Brighton have been really busy over the summer reshaping their squad. There have been a lot of players leaving while the Seagulls have shopped around for as many bargains as they can find. It is arguable as to whether they have improved greatly in terms of quality from last season though so far.
Burnley are in at 4/1* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) and you would have to question that. But they had a stellar season last season which is going to be hard for them to replicate. They also have the extra burden of dealing with a possible Europa League campaign as well which would rapidly take its toll on them. Bournemouth are capable of putting decent spells of form together but they do need to go shopping over the summer to bolster the midfield and defensive areas without question. Strength in depth is key for them.
West Ham have been positive in the transfer market over the summer for new boss Manuel Pellegrini. The club has been investing heavily which should help the Hammers move forward too much better stats than last season. Watford had a strong start last season but rapidly fell away and ended up in a real mess. They have been bargain hunting more than anything but they weren’t starting in a bad place but will need more luck than last season with injuries.
Crystal Palace got themselves safe and well safe in the end under Roy Hodgson. Surprisingly they haven’t been active in the summer transfer market at all and they have to do more than just trying to keep Wilfried Zaha around. They need help with new faces because there was a thin line between survival and doom last term. They can’t afford to take a step backwards and without investment, they could be on the relegation radar.
Southampton had a season to forget, finishing fourth from bottom. Mark Hughes has been shopping over the summer but they have also let a lot of players go inducing Dusan Tadic. On the balance of transfers though they look to be heading for a stronger season but still need help in the striker department as they have been really short up there for the last couple of seasons. Newcastle dipped out of form at the end of the season but still got a mid-table finish thanks to a positive run of form between January and mid-April. They need investment though and don’t look likely to get it.
We are going to back a newly promoted side to go down and that will Cardiff. They have tried to spend to save themselves, but the overall quality in depth may still be lacking from them. Newcastle look to be in a bit of trouble because once again the board just isn’t putting money in their venture and the Magpies could be back in trouble quickly. The 6/1 odds on them to go down* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) looks value. The other we see struggling at this point are Brighton who, despite a lot of industry and graft, may be lacking the quality survive. They have gone for players who can cover different positions as opposed to sticking experts in positions. Crystal Palace are another who may be lacking the funds going out to give them a shot at a stress-free season.
19th July 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Clarets will close out their season in seventh place in the table regardless of what happens to them in this final fixture. It has been a huge success for them all the way this season in having booked such a high finish. The Cherries are safe for the season and so they can take things easy.
Burnley 11/10, Draw 9/4, Bournemouth 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
It has been a great season from Burnley who have every right to celebrate at the end of this no matter what. The Clarets have lost just one of their last six home games in the top flight (W2 D3) so are in pretty good shape there. They are looking to improve on a W7 D5 L6 record on home soil this season. The Clarets have scored in five of their last six at Turf Moor and both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 5:33 a.m. on May 10th, 2018). At home, they have lost just one game against all the sides beneath them in the table which is a great return from them. They have only tallied the fifteen goals in their eighteen home games though and defensively they have conceded at under a goal per game too. Just 28% of their home fixtures have made it above the 2.5 goal line. In total, they have taken a clean sheet in 39% of their home fixtures and of the goals that they have scored at home, 60% of them have been in the second half of matches. Six of their seven home wins were by a one-goal margin.
Bournemouth snapped a run of three straight defeats and five winless matches with a success at home against Swansea last weekend. They are safe for the season but they aren’t carrying much away form into this. They are without a win in their last five away games (D2 L3) and their defence has been pretty questionable. In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw at 11/2 is the shortest-priced option available there. The Cherries have lost six of their seven games so far (W1) against sides currently in the top right and have only managed to win three times away from the Vitality as it is. They have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last five away games and they have averaged less than a goal per game on the road so this may well end up being a low scoring game. There has been a clean sheet for the Cherries in just 17% of their away games. Only three teams have conceded more goals than Bournemouth have in this season’s top flight going into the final weekend of action.
Burnley were 2-1 winners at the Vitality earlier this season. From the three previous Premier League meetings then that leaves the Clarets 2-1 ahead. In the overall head to head from the history between them, Burnley are 11-5 up with five drawn matches. Both teams have scored in each of the last five league meetings and Burnley have never lost a home game against the Cherries.
The could be a good celebration for Burnley in signing off for the season with a win in front of their home support. They are good enough to get it against a Cherries side who haven’t produced a tremendous amount of form lately.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries are stuck in a poor run of form with them having lost three straight games, including last weekend’s south coast derby at Southampton. But they have been playing alright, just without the rewards. Swansea will be looking for survival points at the Vitality Stadium on their visit on Saturday as the Welsh club head into the next round of matches just a point away from safety.
Bournemouth 6/5, Swansea 21/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 8:08 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)
The form of the Cherries just isn’t there at the moment and they are winless in five and have lost their last three straight. They did alright against rivals Southampton at St Mary’s last weekend but still ended up losing 2-1 because their defence has lost its way considerably. The Cherries have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five league games. They are W6 D5 L7 this season on home soil and their last two defeats there have been excusable ones against top four sides. Only two of their home losses this season have been against sides currently sixth or lower. So that’s pretty respectable. They don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last twelve at home, which isn’t. Both teams to score with Ladbrokes is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:44 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). 72% of Bournemouth’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals so that is another decent trend you could follow. The Cherries mathematically are not safe with two to play, but three points can get them there.
The Swans are in bigger trouble as they are only a point above the drop zone so they are a little more desperate for the three points. They will have huge games coming up after this against Southampton and Stoke at home, so there is still a good chance of survival. Anything out of this would be a bonus. The Swans have won only two away games all season (D6 L10) so it’s hard to back them with a lot of confidence really. They are currently on a seven-match winless streak of form away from home in the top flight and they are without a clean sheet in any of their last three. Overall they have only managed to tally the 11 goals away from the Liberty Stadium this season. In the Ladbrokes correct score market the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:44 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Given what is ahead of them still, the Swans may be a little more focused on avoiding defeat in this one. A point could be pretty precious for them. They have conceded 1.7 goals per away game this season though.
There was a 0-0 draw when the two met at the Liberty Stadium back in November. That snapped a three-match winning streak that the Cherries were on against Swansea. They are unbeaten in their five previous Premier League encounters with the Swans and the Cherries have netted at least two goals in each of their four Premier League successes against them. Seven of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.
Swansea have come through a couple of difficult games without success and they are just struggling again. Bournemouth does look the more likely of the two to go and snap their winless streak. They have far more to offer going forward and their defence may have an easier time in this. Home win.
2nd May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is a huge south coast derby coming up on the weekend. Losing against their rivals would be a bitter way for Southampton to sink towards relegation if that were to happen on the weekend. The Saints simply have to win this to keep their survival hopes alive. They may get a chance to ally themselves with the Cherries not quite firing at the moment.
Southampton 13/20, Draw 14/5, Bournemouth 4/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
Southampton are in desperate need of three points in this one. They head to the weekend four points away from safety and with just the four games to go. They have to pull out the stops. After their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea over the weekend, they get back to Premier League survival which is far more important for them. The Saints are D3 L5 in their last eight league games now and the goals are just not flowing from them. They have failed to score in four of their last six league outings and they can’t even look to home form for solace. The Saints are without a win at St Mary’s in their last nine there and have only managed the three wins in total there all season (D7 L7). Overall the Saints have scored 18 goals in 17 home games this season but have netted in just one of their last three on home soil. Just 35% of their home games have made it above the 2.5 goal line. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 0:41 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). At the back, they have conceded an average of 1.4 goals per home game and have taken a clean sheet in just 18% of games at St Mary’s. Will the occasion of his being a south coast derby gee them up a bit to get a positive result?
The Cherries have slipped to back to back defeats in the top flight, albeit against Man Utd and Liverpool. But they are winless in four, taking just one victory in their last nine league games so they have gone off the boil. They are without a win in their last four on the road as well and during that sequence have shipped ten goals. So they are there for the taking and in the bet365 correct score market a Southampton 1-0 is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 0:41 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). Bournemouth have not come up with many wins on their travels this season, just three in a W3 D6 L8 record. In total, they have averaged just a shade under a goal per game away from home, but have had trouble getting those clean sheets. The Cherries have shipped an average of 1.6 goals per away game and have a clean sheet in just 18% of their road games. They don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last ten top-flight games home and away combined. They could really hurt their rivals if they produce an away win here.
There was a 1-1 draw between the two south coast rivals earlier in the season and that is back to back drawn results between them. From the last five Premier League meetings it is the Saints who are narrowly ahead with a W2 D2 L1 record against the Cherries. The Saints are unbeaten in their two previous Premier League home games against the Cherries (W1 D1) and they are undefeated in their previous 13 home games against the Cherries in all competitions throughout history. Bournemouth have failed to score in their last four visits to St Mary’s.
The Saints have to get themselves up for this one. They are lacking some quality in the final third, but they have to go for it from here. Even though they have had their struggles, back the Saints to get three points which could put pressure on those above them.
25th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries couldn’t handle the attack of Liverpool at Anfield on the weekend, but then again, who can? They are still well on course of a mid-table finish and will fancy their chances at the Vitality in midweek against a Man Utd side who lost at home against West Brom on the weekend. It was such a strange result from United, losing against the bottom side in the league after having just beaten the league leaders.
Man Utd 7/10, Draw 14/5, Bournemouth 4/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
The Cherries were blown away 3-0 at Anfield on the weekend leaving them with only the one victory in their last eight league games now (D4 L3). At home they have suffered just the one defeat though in their last eight games at the Vitality, winning four of those so it’s not been from them on the south coast. It is well worth looking at the half time draw cropping up here as Bournemouth have been level at the break in 10 of their home games this term including their last two. A half-time draw at William Hill is at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). The Cherries have scored in each of their last eight home games in the top flight and have netted exactly two in six of their last seven there. The problems have been at the back though because they are without a clean sheet in their last eleven home fixtures which isn’t good. It has led to 75% of their home games this season going over 2.5 goals which is a pretty high percentage. Overall they have taken a clean sheet in just 12% of their home games. 72% of Bournemouth’s home goals have been in the second half of matches.
The Red Devils lost at home against West Brom on the weekend in a strange result. With spirits high after beating Manchester City, United just went back into their shell, looked pretty lifeless and suffered the consequences. Away from home United are W9 D3 L4 for the season and have won their last two on the road at Crystal Palace and then that epic comeback at the Etihad. They have actually not managed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last four away games so both teams to score at William Hill for 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018) may be worth a flutter. They have averaged 1.75 goals per game on their travels and 61% of their away goals have been after the half time break. They have actually conceded more goals away from home in the opening 30 minutes of games than they have scored. It’s just all very strange from United’s players who look restrained and resigned at times. Romelu Lukaku is the 21/20 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 8:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018) at William Hill.
The Cherries suffered only a 1-0 loss on their visit to Old Trafford earlier this season and that leaves them with a W1 D1 L3 record from their previous five Premier League games against the Red Devils. Both teams scored in four of those five meetings and from the previous two at the Vitality, it is one win each with both games going over 2.5 goals.
The Cherries may well have enough to rouse themselves for a good home performance in his one. They play with plenty of energy and pace, something that the Red Devils have been lacking a lot of lately. Draw.
16th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This may well end up being one of the most entertaining Premier League games of the weekend. Liverpool have been in fantastic form at Anfield this season and they get to take on Bournemouth who have been involved in a lot of thrilling, high scoring games recently. So there should be, once more, plenty of goals flying around on Merseyside.
Liverpool 2/11, Draw 6/1, Bournemouth 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 11:22 p.m. on April 9th, 2018)
Liverpool are on a three-match winning streak at Anfield in the Premier League, having returned a total of eleven goals from that run of games. They are still unbeaten on home soil for the entire term with a fantastic W10 D6 record. Overall home and away they have posted a W6 D2 L1 record in their last nine games, a much-changed starting line-up drawing at Everton last weekend. Liverpool have averaged 2.4 goals per home game across their sixteen league games for the season and there is a strong chance that this is going to end up being a high scoring game and over 3.5 goals at bet365 is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:30 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). The Reds have scored in each of their last seven home fixtures, netting at least two goals in each of those. Liverpool have collected a clean sheet in over half of their home games this season but for the visit of Bournemouth, who like to get forward it is probably worth looking at the both teams to score option. This could be a really open and entertaining fixture. Liverpool incidentally have scored 66% of their home goals and have conceded 70% of their home goals in the second half of matches.
It’s been a dramatic little run from Bournemouth. They scored an 89th-minute winner at home against West Brom in mid-month, then rescued a point at Watford following that thanks to a 90th-minute goal from Jermain Defoe and last weekend at home against Crystal Palace, Joshua King netted an 89th-minute equaliser for them. That’s a lot of late drama but it does show that the Cherries just don’t give up. They are fun to watch at least. The Cherries have scored in each of their last fourteen league fixtures and in each of their last six on the road. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last eight. In the bet365 correct score market an entertaining 3-1 win for Liverpool is only at 10/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:30 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) and not a bad proposition. The Cherries have averaged a goal per game on the road this season but have netted at least two in half of their last six. Overall this season Bournemouth have produced a W3 D6 L7 record.
Liverpool produced a fantastic 4-0 win on their travels earlier this season when they went to Bournemouth. They only managed to get one point off the Cherries last season though, drawing 2-2 at Anfield. Each of the last four meetings have produced at least four goals and each of the last four have produced at least three goals. Liverpool holds a W8 D3 L1 record against Bournemouth from all previous meetings in all competitions.
Bournemouth just don’t have a lot of defensive guile about them and this should be a good solid home win for the Reds. You would have to back the goals to fly around in the fixture though so look for Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals.
11th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries are holding their ground in the middle of the table and should be safe for the season. The same cannot be said of the Eagles though who will be banking on something of a favourable fixture list in their run-in to the end of the season to get themselves safe. They are only two points above the drop zone heading into the weekend so have plenty still to sweat on.
Bournemouth 6/4, Crystal Palace 15/8, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00:26 a.m. on April 5th, 2018)
Bournemouth have only suffered the two defeats since Christmas so it has been a hugely positive second half of the season for them. They picked up a point last weekend at Watford thanks to a last-minute equaliser from Jermain Defoe. They have produced a W1 D3 L1 record in their last five league games now. Their home form is solid with just one the defeat in their last seven at the Vitality and they beat down West Brom in their last home fixture. Overall for the season, Bournemouth are W6 D4 L6 for the season at home where they have averaged 1.4 goals per game but have only managed to collect a clean sheet in 12% of their games. Both teams to score at bet365, therefore, is a decent proposition at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.). In total, only 25% of Bournemouth’s home games have finished under 2.5 goals and each of their last eight home games have made it to at least three goals, so there is a good trend there. The Cherries are on a seven-match scoring streak at home but are without a clean sheet in ten there. Of the goals that they have produced at the Vitality this season, 70% of them have come in the second half of matches. The Cherries are on a thirteen match scoring streak in the top flight home and away combined.
Crystal Palace have gone W1 L5 in their last six Premier League games, but to be fair they had three really tough games in that sequence against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United to deal with. The fixture list opens up ahead of them now until the end of the season and that will boost their chances of getting safe. They produced a 2-0 win at Huddersfield in their last away game, snapping a four-match winless streak of road from that they were on. The Eagles have netted in each of their last eight road games and are good value to get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth’s slack defence. Palace have only managed to return the 12 away goals for the season while they have conceded an average of 1.5 per road game. It is worth looking
over 2.5 goals with bet365 is at 17/20 odds* (betting odds taken on March 5th, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.). Of the goals Palace have scored on the road, 67% of them have come in the second half of matches this season and Luka Milivojevic is their top scorer away from home this season with a five-goal haul. Christian Benteke (2) is the only other Palace player with more than one goal on the road this term.
Palace won this corresponding fixture 2-0 last season and they are unbeaten in their last three duels with the Cherries in the top flight (W1 D2). There was a 2-2 draw between them at Selhurst Park back in December and from the five previous Premier League meetings between the two clubs, it is actually Bournemouth who are 2-1 ahead with two drawn matches. They have only taken one point from their previous two Premier League home games against the Eagles though, failing to score in both.
A draw wouldn’t be out of the picture in his one. As last weekend proved, Bournemouth have a lot of resilience and fight about them and winning games on the road is still a tough thing to do for the Eagles in their situation. They would probably take a point out of this one.
5th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Hornets and Bournemouth are locked together on points in the middle of the table and therefore this should be a pretty even contest when they meet at Vicarage Road on the weekend. Both look more than safe enough from the drop but Watford lost their last two before the international break while the cherries have won just one of their last five. Who will come back stronger?
Watford 29/20, Bournemouth 2/1, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 05:25 a.m. on March 26th, 2018)
The Hornet’s suffered back to back heavy losses against Arsenal and Liverpool just before the international break, but those losses were on the road. At home they have won their last three games, their last two by a 1-0 scoreline. In the Betvictor correct score market at Watford 1-0 option is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 05:19 p.m. on March 26th, 2018). The Hornets are actually unbeaten in their last four at Vicarage Road and have lost just one of their last six there (W4 D1) so are the clear favourites to win this game. Overall this season Watford are W6 D4 L5 on home soil in the Premier League where they have averaged about 1.5 goals per game. They have conceded at an average higher rate than that though but have clearly tightened up a little bit at the back recently, at home at least. Watford have found the back of the net in each of their last ten home games now and 60% of their home fixtures have made it above the 2.5 goal line.
The Cherries have had a good spell since Christmas, losing just two games since then and they have done enough to keep themselves safe after looking in real trouble at one point. They don’t have much away form to speak of though, winning just three times away from the Vitality this season. They have only lost one of their last five though away from home (W1 D3) and they have struck the back of the net in each of their last five away games and in each of their last twelve home and away combined. While their goal output has definitely gotten better over the course of the season, their defence has gotten a little bit worse and they have gone without a clean sheet in any of their last six. You will be looking at odds of 8/13 at Betvictor* (Betting Odds taken at 05:19 p.m. on March 26th, 2018) on both teams to score. The Cherries have averaged under a goal per game away from home this season and have collected a clean sheet in just 20% of their road fixtures.
Watford were 2-0 winners at the Vitality earlier in the season and that leaves them unbeaten in their five previous Premier League games against the Terriers (W1 D4). So there has been a history of recent draws between the two and in fact, six of the last eight between them in all competitions have ended level. The Hornets are unbeaten in seven against the Cherries at home.
Watford can land the three points in this one. They are on a nice streak of winning home form and that should carry them through this. Bournemouth were just blowing a little bit cold ahead of the break and may take time to warm up again.
27th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting