Aston Villa v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 14, 2019
Villa Park - Premier League
Aston Villa welcome the Premier League back to Villa Park on Saturday as they host Bournemouth in what looks set to be a close encounter. Both sides will want to improve on their opening day results, and may well see each other as close competitors come the end of the season.
Villa and Bournemouth have not faced each other often, with the most recent being in the Villains ill-fated Premier League campaign in 2015/16. In that season, points were shared evenly with both teams losing their home matches, with goals from Steve Cook and Josh King doing the job for the Cherries at Villa Park.
Chris Wilder is unlikely to make many changes to last weekend's side, opting for new signings Welsey, Anwar El Ghazei and Trezuget up front and on the wings respectively. Jota may also be in with a chance of a start, having sat on the bench for much of the Tottenham game.
Philip Billing was the only of Eddie Howe's new signings to feature against Sheffield United, and the manager will hope that his faith in the likes of Callum Wilson and Joshua King will pay off this weekend.
Aston Villa v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
As the lowest ranked of the promoted sides, Aston Villa will have been disappointed to have seen their lead against Tottenham slip away towards the end of last Saturday's match. However, Wilder's side showed a defensive resilience, and an opportunism in front of goal that will serve them will in the upcoming season.
On the other hand, Bournemouth struggled to break down another promoted side, Sheffield United, despite dominating all the attacking statistics. This will be a worry for Howe's side which fielded an attacking trident of Callum Wilson, Josh King and Ryan Fraser, and yet relied upon centre-back Chris Mepham to score their only goal.
Against Villa, the Cherries can expect a largely similar match, with Wilder's side chasing the ball all over the pitch, but largely happy be retain a minority of possession. It may be early days, but if the away side struggle once against to unlock the promoted sides, they will find themselves fighting relegation as they did last season.
Fortunately for the away side, the Villains looked far from a cohesive unit up front themselves, with Welsey in particular targeted for criticism for a failure to hold the ball up and a couple of missed opportunities. The likes of Trezuget and Jota will also need to acclimatise to the step-up in level, and looked surprised at times at their lack of time on the ball, against Tottenham.
Saturday's game should be closely contested, and given both side's struggles up top, may be decided by just one goal.
Callum Wilson to score anytime at 6/4
The forward's physicality and reading of the game makes him a key asset against a deep lying back line, and he will enjoy the battle with Tyrone Mings.
Under 2.5 goals at 19/20
This is unlikely to be a high-scoring encounter, with the two sides notching a goal each in their last game.