Bournemouth v Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 16, 2019
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Fulham travel to Bournemouth this weekend, although neither side has much to play for in the remaining four games of the season. The visitors have long been relegated but will want to avoid finishing below Huddersfield, whilst the Cherries are mathematically safe yet unlikely to break into the top ten.
A Callum Wilson brace and a David Brooks strike ensured that Bournemouth won a commanding victory at Craven Cottage earlier this season.
Eddie Howe will be hesitant to make any changes to the side that won so comprehensively last weekend. A host of injuries with Charlie Daniels, Lewis Cook, Simon Francis and Andrew Surman all absent means the manager doesn't have many alternatives regardless.
Scott Parker will similarly not want to change a winning formula, meaning Ryan Babel and Ryan Sessegnon will start on the flanks, with Callum chambers continuing in midfield.
Bournemouth v Fulham Predictions and Previews
A rare win for Fulham last weekend will have put the Cottagers in high spirits for their trip to Bournemouth, although their hosts are in good form of their own. A 5-0 win over Brighton ensured Eddie Howe's team safety in the Premier League in fine style - their highest win of the season.
At times the Cherries have played sublime football, although this was hardly required last Saturday, as the basics were enough to unravel the Seagulls. Despite their untimely relegation, Fulham have looked more organised at the back of late and will hope to provide more of a contest for Bournemouth.
The Whites have struggled with balance this season, failing to defend when their attack was firing on all cylinders early in the season, before losing their goal-scoring edge during Claudio Ranieri's brief tenure. Under Scott Parker Fulham appear to have improved, although they have still looked far from convincing, and were always destined for relegation.
As they travel to the south coast, the manager will be keen to ensure that his side give a good account of themselves, as they did in their victory over Everton. Given that the manager is likely to remain in his position next season, he may be tempted to trial some players that have been on the fringes, with the likes of Aleksandr Mitrovic and Ryan Babel surely destined to move elsewhere over the summer.
This would clearly play to their hosts favour, who have been inconsistent themselves over the past few weeks. Their heavy win over Brighton may have gone some way to cover their form up, but their recent defeat to Burnley shows the frailties in Howe's side.
Despite the fine form of Callum Wilson, who is 10/11 to score this weekend, the side have looked disorganised defensively and have struggled to wholly dominate a game. With Wilson and Ryan Fraser both likely to be the subject of transfer bids over the summer, Howe needs to ensure that he is not reliant on his star players over his system.
A win for Fulham would help restore some pride, whereas three points for Bournemouth would enhance their reputation going into next season - clearly enough motivation for both sides.
Ryan Fraser to score anytime at 11/4
Although mainly the provider rather than the finisher of moves, Fraser was on the scoresheet last weekend as he tends to be against lower-table sides.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 6/4
Parker will set up to defend and may even grind out a low-scoring draw on Saturday.