Bournemouth v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 21, 2018
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Unai Emery's Arsenal face a tough test this weekend as they travel to Bournemouth bidding to extend their 16 game unbeaten run in all competitions.
The Cherries beat Arsenal 2-1 at home last season, their first ever Premier League win over Emery's side, in six attempts. Arsenal's record against Eddie Howe's team is four wins out of six.
Goal keeper Asmir Begovic and striker Josh King are both back in training following minor injuries, and Howe will make a late assessment on their fitness. However Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas are both still out of action for the home side.
Arsenal strike duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both expected to shake off minor knock to play this weekend, and defender Nacho Monreal is also pushing for a recall following an injury.
Captain Laurent Koscielny is back light training following a long lay off, but he will not play against Bournemouth, and Stefan Lichtsteiner is out with an ankle injury.
Bournemouth v Arsenal Predictions and Preview
Bournemouth have been impressive this season, winning away at West Ham and Watford and at home to Leicester City and Crystal Palace, but they have hit a bump in the road in recent weeks.
Howe's side head into this clash on the back of two defeats, to Manchester United and Newcastle, and that has created an issue for him.
Arsenal excellent recent run has required Emery's side to dig deep and get late results against Liverpool and Wolves, and that new found grit should give them the edge here.
The Gunners are not at their fluid best at the minute, but they are showing an ability to grind out key results and an away win here is at 19/20.
Part of this performances has meant they have had to settle for low scoring results, in order to get the points they need, with only one goal scored by Arsenal in their last three games - and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet comes in at 6/4.
Arsenal to win 1-0 a 11/1
Emery has instilled a results first mentality during his time at the helm, and that will be the case here again this weekend at Bournemouth. His side are firmly focused on returning to the top four, and he knows that they need to pick up valuable points like these if they are to achieve their goal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first at 9/2
Gabonese international Aubameyang has made the key difference for Arsenal in recent games, scoring five goals in his last four Premier League appearances - including winning goals against Leicester City and Fulham. He scored 10 league goals in his first Premier League campaign. albeit a half a season, and he has seven in league action already in 2018-19.