Bournemouth v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 11, 2018
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Bournemouth aim to continue their strong start to the season, but face being overtaken by Leicester if they lose to the Foxes on Saturday. Both sides lost in the last round before the international break, and will hope to get back to winning ways this weekend.
It to a 90th minute striker from Riyad Mahrez to cancel out Josh King's penalty when Bournemouth went to Leicester last season, and it will be interesting to see if the Foxes are able to manage without their talismanic winger.
Eddie Howe handed new signing Jefferson Lerma his first Premier League start in the loss to Chelsea, and the Colombian international will be hoping to keep his spot against Leicester. His competition for the central midfield position, Andrew Surman, is a club stalwart and will be making his own case, as will Jermaine Defoe, who is yet to start this season.
Claude Puel will welcome back Jamie Vardy, after the forward served out his three game suspension, with the forward likely to reclaim his place up front. Leicester's Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell will be celebrating their recent call-ups to the England squad, but will have to recover quickly as both are likely to feature this weekend.
Bournemouth v Leicester Preview and Predictions
Although disappointing, Bournemouth's recent loss to Chelsea shouldn't affect their current run of form. Eddie Howe's side were unbeaten over their first four games of the season, and the away defeat by one of the strongest sides in the country is far from shameful.
Following a disappointing season last year, the Cherries look a team revitalised, and have clearly benefited from a fully-fit squad, not to mention a summer of consistency with few players at the World Cup and even fewer transfers. The south-coast side have echoed Howe's philosophy of simple, but expansive football based on possession, with their simple 4-4-2 formation flexible enough to have caused the likes of West Ham and Everton problems. However, following their defeat to Chelsea, it remains to be seen whether they are able to mix it with higher level opposition.
Saturday's opponents, Leicester, provide the perfect opportunity for the Cherries to prove themselves. Whilst clearly not top-five quality, the Foxes are a side full of international standard players and have spent around £100 million in each of the last three transfer windows. Furthermore, Puel's side has impressed this season, with their two losses at the hands of Manchester United and Liverpool fought very closely, in spite of the departure of Riyad Mahrez and the suspicion to Jamie Vardy.
Since the midlands club's Premier League win the side has been trying to maintain their system, but it appears, finally, that the manager is looking to make some changes. James Maddison's arrival has fascinated a move to a 4-2-3-1 formation, whilst Harry Maguire and Riccardo Pereira have replaced title winners Robert Huth and Danny Simpson. This can only be a positive for Leicester, who should now be able to develop into their own team, not relying on bygone tactics.
Wins over Southampton and Wolves have shown Leicester to be a highly capable opponent, and it will be a tough ask for Howe's men to keep all three points at the Vitality.
James Maddison to score anytime at 3/1
The new-boy has hit the ground running at Leicester and will enjoy the space made available by Jamie Vardy's runs off the ball.
A draw at 11/5
This should be a closely contested match and an even share of points would be an acceptable result for both sides.