Bournemouth v Stoke City Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 02, 2017
Saturday 6 May – Vitality Stadium – Premier League
After relegating Sunderland, Bournemouth will be full of confidence, but have little to play for this weekend. As both sides are safely mid-table, we’re probably looking at a 0-0 scoreline.
Bournemouth have already won away at Stoke this season, but as the victory came in their opponents’ worst period of the season, it should not be considered a talking point. The away side won here last season, and as they have the stronger squad, Bournemouth’s home advantage makes it a level game.
Callum Wilson, Andrew Surman, Dan Gosling, Adam Federici, Jack Wilshere and Benik Afobe are all missing for the home side, but as Eddie Howe’s men had little trouble dispatching Middlesbrough and Sunderland in their last two, so it shouldn’t affect them too much.
Other than long term absentees Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay, Mark Hughes has a full squad to pick from as Jonathan Walters looks set to return from a knee injury. Keep an eye out for Gianelli Imbula and Xhedran Shaqiri, as rumour has it both are looking for bigger clubs this summer, so performances should be of an elevated level.
Bournemouth vs Stoke Preview and Predictions
Despite Premier League fans and pundits violently trying to hold on to the idea that England’s top flight is the best and most entertaining league in the world, it has produced the most 0-0 score lines in the top five leagues this season, and Saturday’s meeting is at 12/1 to finish the same way.
However, it is the away side that hold logical advantage in this one. Mark Hughes likes to sit back and wait for his opponents to make mistakes, while Bournemouth on the other hand like to deploy a risky high pressure set-up. Stoke are the underdogs at 5/2, and as a few of their players have experienced some of Europe’s biggest clubs and Champions League football while their opponents only boast Football League graduates, the Potters are the much better side on paper.
Bournemouth are favourites at 6/5, though this should not be taken too seriously as their odds will be inflated due to winning their past two games, but dig deeper and last week’s victory came against relegated Sunderland, while the prior three points were won against second to last Middlesbrough.
Marko Arnautovic to score first at 15/2
The Austria international doesn’t score often, but Bournemouth offer a great chance for the former Werder Bremen winger. Already a fan favourite, the winger will only endear himself to the Stoke faithful even further if he gives them something to celebrate in a dead end-of-season game.
0-0 draw at 12/1
With nothing to play for as both sides are free from relegation and too far from the European spots, it will likely be a game of few chances.