Bournemouth v Swansea Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 14, 2017
Saturday 18 March – Vitality Stadium – Premier League
Bournemouth host Swansea in the Saturday evening Premier League kick off, with the Cherries ending a nine game run without a win at home to West Ham last weekend.
Eddie Howe’s side look to be safe from the threat of relegation, but Paul Clement’s Swansea have no such luxury, with the Welsh outfit sitting in 16th in the table.
Bournemouth have the edge on this, winning two out of three meetings since both sides reached the Premier League, including a 3-0 earlier this season.
The hosts’ only really injury doubt for this one is Junior Stanislas, with the former West Ham man struggling with a groin strain.
Swansea have a far greater number injury concerns, with top scorer Fernando Llorente and defenders Martin Olsson and Kyle Naughton all suffering from minor complaints.
Bournemouth v Swansea Preview and Predictions
Bournemouth’s 3-2 win over the Hammers did bring their poor run to a close, but they have looked far from their confident self in recent weeks. Either side of scoring three against Everton, they drew a goal blank against both Crystal Palace and Manchester City, followed by a defeat to West Brom and a battling draw with Manchester United.
Howe will be hoping that the win against Slaven Bilic’s men can be a springboard for the Cherries to secure a safe mid table finish, itself a significant achievement for Bournemouth.
Swansea’s form has been on an upward curve following Clement’s appointment, dramatically beating Liverpool at Anfield and recording three successive home wins against Southampton, champions Leicester City and Burnley.
The big issue for the Welsh side will be how the defeat at Hull affects them ahead of this crucial clash. It’s a game that could be definitive at the end of the season.
Bournemouth are a best price of 33/25 to take the points. Swansea come in at 12/5 and the draw is 5/2.
It’s the score draw that looks to be a likely outcome in this one. It will possibly be a cagey affair but there are goals in both teams, with a tempting 1-1 paying out at 6/1.
Both teams to score at 8/13
It’s an old-fashioned six-pointer on the south coast and both need the win. They might start with caution, but it won’t last the 90 minutes.
Josh King to score anytime at 13/8
Norwegian forward King has been the man in form for Bournemouth with seven in five. He’s also 11/2 to be the first to score.