Bournemouth v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 02, 2019
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Only five points separate Bournemouth and Burnley coming into this weekend’s fixture between the teams at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. That’s somewhat surprising considering the Cherries’ early season form, but Eddie Howe’s side have been struggling recently.
Burnley thumped Bournemouth 4-0 earlier this season, while both teams won 2-1 away from home last term. The season before, Bournemouth won 2-1 on home soil, having lost 3-2 at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign. They drew 1-1 in both games during their last season together in the Championship, which was 2013/14.
The hosts will be without Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman and Steve Cook for this game, with only the latter in line to feature again this season. Adam Smith should return to the fold though after picking up a hamstring injury a few weeks ago.
Steven Defour has only made six Premier League appearances so far this term, and hasn't played for Burnley since late January. He’s still injured, although Aaron Lennon is approaching full fitness following a knee injury.
Bournemouth v Burnley Preview and Predictions
While Burnley put in an excellent performance of their own at the weekend, their survival hopes were handed a major boost elsewhere. Bournemouth may be further up the table, but the Cherries are resigned to finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League.
That’s pretty disappointing considering their start to the season and some of the football they’ve played. Howe’s side lost 2-0 at Leicester on Saturday, taking them to 16 defeats in their last 24 matches. They’ve only won one of their last eight, which came against bottom club Huddersfield.
Even so, Bournemouth start as the favourites in the betting this weekend, priced at 29/25. Burnley are available at 13/5, as they aim to make it back-to-back victories following an excellent 2-0 win against Wolves at the weekend. The Clarets also benefitted from Cardiff’s misfortune, as an offside decision went against the Welsh club to deny them three points against Chelsea.
That gives Burnley a five-point cushion to the drop zone, and relieves some of the pressure on Sean Dyche’s players. They shouldn’t be short of confidence after their last game, and their performance against Bournemouth earlier this season. However, they lost four in a row before the weekend, and a draw could be worth a look at 13/5.
Score draw at 18/5
Bournemouth aren’t playing too well at the moment but have home advantage, while neither side’s been keeping many clean sheets in recent games. The Cherries have one in their last eight, and Burnley kept their first in nine last time out.
1-1 draw at 6/1
These teams shared a pair of 1-1 draws a few years back, and although they’re both very different outfits to back then, the same result could be on the cards this weekend with little to separate the sides.