The Hornets have failed to win any of their last three games now so they are losing a bit of momentum. They get a home game this weekend to try and snap out of it. They are facing a Bournemouth side who are right there level on 13 points alongside them in the top seven. It should be an even contest. Read our Watford v Bournemouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 2nd, 2018 at 8:23 p.m.)
Watford have just slipped out of form with only the one point in their last three games played. So their bright start to the season is in danger of fading away. They are W3 L1 at home this season, their winning streak snapped with a defeat against Manchester United in their last home fixture. In each of the wins that they have secured at Vicarage Road this season, the Hornets have scored exactly two goals. In the correct score market for this one a Watford 2-1 option is at 17/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm).
The Hornets have only the one clean sheet under their belt after all this season so that does look to be a pretty decent option for Watford v Bournemouth betting tips. Watford have scored six of their seven home goals this season in the second half of matches. So the halftime draw does make some sense here. We are looking at the halftime draw at 5/4 odds as well* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm) so that’s a great price. Each of their last three games at Vicarage Road have ended over 2.5 goals so there’s another trend.
The Cherries are right there alongside Watford on points now after taking a late home win over Crystal Palace On Monday. They are flying along at her Vitality in great form, but it hasn’t quite been as convincing from them out on the road. The Cherries are just W1 L2 from their away games this season and they have failed to score in their last two. Those were defeated at Chelsea and Burnley. They have conceded a total of seven goals in their three away games this season so they are vulnerable at the back.
But they do carry an attacking threat and both teams to score is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 4:26 pm). They have been pretty sharp in finishing their chances when they have come their way. Surprisingly though they have only those two goals away from home. They have had so many players in good form like Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh King that you do kind of expect them to hit the back of the net. Five of their matches this season have all produced at least three goals. There could be plenty of excitement in this.
Last season Watford took four points from their meetings with Bournemouth which included a tie at Vicarage Road. Three of the last four games between them have actually ended in a 2-2 draw and the Hornets have scored exactly two goals in each of the four games in hat sequence. In the six previous Premier League meetings, five of them have been drawn with Watford getting a win in the other one.
We are going to throw the form book out and back Watford to get a win in this one. They have done pretty well at home this season and they are facing a Bournemouth side who tend to give away plenty of goals. Home win.
3rd October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries are holding ground in the top ten of the Premier League but they have only managed the one win in their last four played so there is room for improvement. The Eagles look to have turned a bit of a corner after a three-match losing streak, having picked up four points in their last two. Read our Bournemouth v Crystal Palace betting tips for more.
Crystal Palace 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 26th, 2018 at 11:44 p.m.)
The Cherries are sat at W3 D1 L2 for the season and the two defeats have occurred in their last three games. Those were losses against Chelsea and Burnley but both of those were away from home. They are unbeaten on home soil for the season with a good W2 D1 record and they have scored at least two goals in each of their home games this season, for a tally of eight goals in three matches. That’s a good return and we are certainly going to be looking over 2.5 goals at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 27th, 2018 at 5:00 pm) for Bournemouth v Crystal Palace betting tips.
The Cherries have been far from watertight at the back as they have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four league games. Both teams to score is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on September 27th, 2018 at 5:00 pm) and this could be a good open battle. Ryan Fraser is their top scorer this season with a three-goal haul and all of those have been at home. Joshua King’s two league goals have also been on home soil. All four of the goals that Bournemouth have conceded at home this season have come after the half time break.
Crystal Palace failed to pick up a win on home soil against Newcastle last weekend as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw. That is four points in their last two though which is a good return considering that they had lost three in a row prior to that. Their away form is much better than their home form is actually as they are W2 L1 out on the road and those are the only wins of the term. The Eagles have scored in each of their away games this season and really you can’t look much further than Wilfried Zaha for Palace goals. He is a 2/1 anytime goalscorer option* (betting odds taken on September 27th, 2018 at 5:00 pm).
Zaha has scored three of Palace’s four goals this season and all of those have come away from Selhurst Park. Palace have actually been winning 1-0 at half time in two of their three road games this season, the other being a 0-0. So that is a good half time record which suggests that a half-time draw could be a decent option. Only two sides have scored fewer goals than Palace have managed this season in the top flight (Huddersfield and Cardiff) and with the home scoring form of Bournemouth, this could be a tough game for the Eagles.
There were two exciting 2-2 draws between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace last season and four of the six previous Premier League meetings have ended in a draw between Bournemouth and Palace. The Eagles have scored exactly two goals in their last three league games against Bournemouth and the Eagles are unbeaten with a W1 D2 record in their three Premier League visits to the Vitality Stadium.
We are going to look to Bournemouth to deliver the goods in this one. Palace have done much better defensively as of late but they are still lacking in the goal scoring department other than Zaha. We can see the Cherries securing a solid three points against the visitors, in a game where both teams score.
29th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Clarets are in a spot of bother at the moment with just one point having been picked up from their first five games of the new Premier League season. The Clarets really need to stop the rot quickly as they are on a four-match losing streak. Bournemouth though are flying at the moment and start the weekend in the top six. Read our Burnley v Bournemouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 18th, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.)
It has been a terrible start to the new season for Burnley who have just the one point on the board from their opening fixture out at Southampton. But they are on a four-match losing streak at the moment and their defense is struggling badly. That’s not something that you would expect from the Clarets. But they have conceded at least two goals in three of their last four games and that suggests that Bournemouth can have a bit of an impact here.
We are actually going to be bold and push for over 2.5 goals at even money for our Burnley v Bournemouth betting tips* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.). Burnley have not picked up a home point yet, suffering back to back two-goal margin defeats at Turf Moor against Watford and Manchester United. All three of the Premier League goals that they have scored this season have all come in the first half of matches interestingly. Because Bournemouth haven’t been that tight at the back we are looking at both teams to score at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.)
The Cherries have been enjoying a hugely positive start to the new season. They showed great character last weekend as well. Just before the international break, they suffered their first loss of the season which was out at Chelsea. But they snapped back immediately to put four goals past Leicester on their return. They look as if they can go out and enjoy themselves at Turf Moor and a Bournemouth 2-1 correct score option is a 10/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.).
The Cherries are W1 L1 on their travels this season, beating West Ham and then suffering that loss at Chelsea. They haven’t been great at the back as they have conceded in each of their last four. They have shipped exactly two goals in each of their last three matches. Ryan Fraser is their top scorer this season with three goals but Callum Wilson, who has looked a real handful is the 5/1 first goalscorer favourite for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.).
There was an away win for each last season in the top flight and both successes were by a 2-1 scoreline. Each of the last three between them have been settled by that very scoreline. From the four previous Premier League meetings things are even with two wins each and all four wins were by a one-goal margin. Both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings between Burnley and Bournemouth.
Bournemouth just looks the sharper and more together of the two this season and we can get behind them for a win. Our Burnley v Bournemouth betting tips are leaning towards the away win and probably by the one-goal margin.
19th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Chelsea have won three from three to start the season under Maurizio Sarri so that is a great positive from them and they will be looking for maximum points before the international break. The Blues will have their hands full at the Bridge though on Saturday as they welcome Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten with seven points from their three games and they will be remembering their big 3-0 success at the Bridge last season. Read our Chelsea v Bournemouth betting tips for more.s
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Maurizio Sarri then has wasted no time coming in and getting Chelsea into a winning mode. It is three from three from them at the start of the season. Last weekend they paid a visit to St James’ Park to face Newcastle and they dominated possession against a team that just sat back the entire match and landed a late 2-1 win (Chelsea had 81% of possession).
That is eight goals in three games from them and they are getting on the front foot wherever possible. Over 3.5 is a decent option for Chelsea v Bournemouth bettings tips at 11/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) as this could be wide open. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last four games and the Blues themselves have at least two in each fixture this term.
Eden Hazard looks to be on his game at the moment and is as short as 8/13 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Blues have a full squad to pick from so there isn’t likely to be changes for them from last weekend. In their one home game, this season Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in that thriller of a London derby.
The Blues got a W11 D4 L4 record last season at the Bridge but that is just the two wins in their last four (D2) that they have played there. In the bet365 correct score market a Chelsea 3-1 has some decent appeal at a bigger 10/1 price* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Blues still look far from great at the back.
The Cherries have made a wonderful start to the new season with seven from nine points on the board. They showed some great character last weekend as well as they were 2-0 down at home against Everton before fighting to land the draw. That is exactly two goals that the Cherries in each of their games so far this season, so they should contribute well in this one.
They finally got summer signings Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma into action as they made their respective debuts for the club in their 3-0 midweek EFL Cup win over the MK Dons. So they could be pushing for places this weekend which will strengthen them. Bournemouth like to play positive football and with two wins in their last three trips to the Bridge, they have reason to be confident.
Bournemouth didn’t have the greatest of times on the road last season in the top flight with a W4 D6 L9 record but Chelsea was the only one of the top six sides that they did beat on the road. They have won their last two road games so that is a positive for them and they are actually now W4 D1 in their last five league games.
Just to add to the expectancy for goals, there have been over 2.5 goals in 19 of Bournemouth’s last 24 games while they themselves have scored at least two goals in each of their last four. So they are in good shape at the moment but this is their toughest game for a while. Callum Wilson, who has started very well is a 13/5 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
Chelsea suffered a big 3-0 loss in last season’s corresponding fixture. They did get a win out at Bournemouth through and the Blues are W4 L2 in their last six Premier League meetings with the Cherries. Four of the last five between them in the league have gone over 2.5 goals and Chelsea are just W1 L2 in their three previous Premier League home games against the Cherries, failing to score in the two defeats.
We are going with Chelsea to take the win because they are starting to find their feet and are only going to get better. This should be an open end to end affair and we are simply going to go with the one side in a high scoring game. Chelsea to win & over 2.5 goals is our leading betting tip for Chelsea v Bournemouth.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries have come racing out of the gates having posted back to back wins to start the league season with. They will be hoping for more as they play host to Everton on the weekend. This could well be a great open game between two sides who like to attack. The Toffees got their first win of the season on the board as they edged Southampton at Goodison Park last weekend. Read our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.)
The Cherries have made a hugely positive start with back to back wins over Cardiff and West Ham. They will be keen to keep that positive momentum going. Callum Wilson has struck a goal in each of their games so far this season and he is at 7/5 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.) and that kicks off our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips. The Cherries have been on the front foot well so far and they won’t have too much to fear in facing the Everton defence in front of them. Bournemouth overall, carrying on from last season, have won their last four Premier League matches on the bounce.
There is a trend of under 2.5 goals having been scored in Bournemouth’s last three league home games, but the way they have started we are going over 2.5 goals at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). The Cherries have scored at least two goals in each of their three league matches. Jefferson Lerma, their club-record signing could get a start his weekend, while Diego Rico is going to serve out the last game of his three-match suspension. Bournemouth posted a W7 D5 L7 record on home soil last season in the top flight and lost just one home game against the sides who finished lower than seventh in last season’s top flight.
It has been a positive start for Everton under Marco Silva but they still look a work in progress so far. They had a real battle to hold out to a 2-2 draw at Wolves on the opening weekend of the season and then they played out a 2-1 home win over Southampton last weekend in their first home game of the season. With no clean sheet for them, surprisingly not managing to blank the Saints, we are backing both teams to score at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.) in our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips. Everton’s away form in the top flight isn’t great as the Toffees have won just three of their last 28 road games in the Premier League.
They will be missing Phil Jagielka who is still suspended, while Morgan Schneiderlin is a doubt. Their summer signings Andre Gomes and Bernard could get to the bench after their late summer signing. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Everton’s last three games and their best player by a distance this season has been Richarlison who is a 12/5 anytime goalscorer option for them* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). All of the pieces of Marco Silva’s puzzle just aren’t in place yet and while that is the case then they are going to still be a little vulnerable. They will get a good work out down on the south coast.
The Cherries won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season which was after losing by that scoreline at Goodison Park. In the last, four Premier League meetings thins are even with two wins each and each of those victories were home wins. Four of the last five meetings between Bournemouth and Everton in the top flight have gone over 2.5 goals, three of them ending is a 2-1 win for the home side.
This has the making of being a good contest between two evenly matched teams. However, because there has been a trend of home wins between the two of them in recent meetings, we are going to back that to follow on and take the Cherries for three points in our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips.
25th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The summer was full of optimism for West Ham with a new manager and a clutch of good-looking new signings. It all fell apart for them on the opening weekend of the new season though as they were torn apart by Liverpool. What response do they have in them? Bournemouth collected three points in their opening game, seeing off the challenge of the newly promoted Cardiff. Read our West Ham v Bournemouth betting tips for more.
West Ham 23/20
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.)
The Hammers took a 4-0 hit at Anfield last weekend denting a bit of justifiable new optimism that they had amassed over the summer. It was a bit of a case of flair over substance really but because Liverpool look so strong, it is hard to read too much into that. That was a really tough game out of the away at least and there is still the likes of Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez still to come into the team. This could well be another high scoring game involving the Hammers and we are looking at over 2.5 goals at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). The Hammers do have a bit of a doubt over Marko Arnautovic who picked up a knock at Anfield.
The Hammers took an average record of W7 D6 L6 at home last season in the top flight where they averaged 1.25 goals per game. They only won one of their last four home games in the Premier League last season. The Hammers collected a clean sheet in just 37% of their home games which suggests goals at both ends in this one. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). There appears to be a reasonable chance of that occurring here as the Cherries should get some pressure on their back line.
Bournemouth collected a good home win over Cardiff in what could have been a tricky game for them. They got their first through Ryan Fraser before Callum Wilson sealed the deal with a second for them in the 90th minute. Wilson is at 13/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). That was a solid start for them and they are now on a three-match winning streak in the top flight which is something to note.
There have also been over 2.5 goals in all but one of their last seven away games in the Premier League as well. So once again there is probably going to be goals flying around in this one. Jefferson Lerma remains a doubt, while Diego Rico is suspended. They are also missing Junior Stanislas through injury. They were solid and strong against Cardiff who were just playing a direct game against them. They will face a totally different kind of attack in this one.
There were back to back drawn matches between these two in the top flight last season and that leaves things totally even between them in recent fixtures. There have been two wins each and two draws in the last six Premier League meetings between the club. Four of the last six meetings have gone above the 3.5 goal line and there have been two red cards in the last six games between them.
We will side with West Ham to pick themselves up after that disappointment at Anfield. Better sides than them will get schooled by the Reds this season so there’s no panic button to be hit yet. There is enough value in a home win to get behind the Hammers in this one. A West Ham to win & both teams to score option will appeal for extra value.
16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
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