Bournemouth v Middlesbrough Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
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Saturday 22 April – Vitality Stadium – Premier League
It’s a huge one at the foot of the Premier League table, as Bournemouth welcome Middlesbrough to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. Victory for the hosts would all but guarantee Premier League football next season, while Boro simply have to start winning. Defeat for the visitors coupled with a Hull win at home to Watford would be pretty much mean relegation.
Middlesbrough have the chance to do a rare double over a team this season, after beating Bournemouth 2-0 at the Riverside earlier in the campaign. The Cherries have never lost at home against Boro in any tier of the league though, keeping three clean sheets in the six meetings.
It’s been confirmed that Jack Wilshire will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a fracture to his leg against Spurs last weekend. The midfielder will return to Arsenal for his rehabilitation. Although Eddie Howe would like to sign him permanently, it’s doubtful Wilshire will play for Bournemouth again.
Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew will hope that Victor Valdes is fit to play after a rib injury. The goalkeeper missed the defeat against Arsenal, although captain George Friend made his return from a calf injury. The defender came on as an early substitute for Fabio, and played the remaining 70-plus minutes without a problem.
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough Preview and Predictions
The Middlesbrough supporters will make their longest trip of the season down to the south coast for this one. They will be hoping that their team can pull something out of the bag, otherwise their away days are likely to be in places like Preston and Barnsley next season, rather than at Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge.
Bournemouth are close to securing their Premier League survival, and a win on Saturday would be huge for this. They’d be just two off the magical 40 point mark, with a couple of winnable home games to come. A run of just two wins in 14 since the start of January has plunged them from mid table security to the position they’re in now, but you can back them to get their third victory of the year at 17/20.
The visiting fans haven’t had much to cheer about at all lately. They haven’t seen their team win a Premier League game since 17 December, a run that includes eight defeats. It’s now or never for Agnew and his men, and you can get them at 15/4 for the win. Priced at 14/5, a draw wouldn’t be much use to Boro.
Bournemouth to win to nil at 2/1
The hosts could deal a huge blow to Middlesbrough’s Premier League survival hopes on Saturday. The visitors don’t tend to score many on the road, making this bet decent value.
Middlesbrough to win 2-1 at 7/1
Bournemouth have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last eight league games. Boro meanwhile scored twice in their last away game, after bagging just once in their previous eight. The visitors are 23/10 to score 2+ goals, while they’re 7/1 to record a massive 2-1 win.