Vitality Stadium will host Saturday’s PL game between Bournemouth and Aston Villa, the two teams who sit in the danger zone. Bournemouth desperately needed a win against Brighton in their last league fixture, and they managed to get one in style.
Callum Wilson scored his 6th goal of the season in the 3-1 win over the Seagulls. It means that the defenders of the opposite team should have him at bay.
The Villans, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Watford at home in their last league match, but given their poor away record, we are tempted to put our money on the Cherries this time out. The teams met at Villa Park in the first half of the season, where Bournemouth defeated Aston Villa.
Bournemouth possess one of the worst first-half records in the Premier League this season (W5, D9, L10), but a fast start is likely to be vital. Indeed, their form when scoring the opening goal is solid (W6, D2, L1), while only two of Bournemouth’s previous ten PL matches have witnessed both teams scoring.
In relation to that, five of Bournemouth’s last seven home league wins have come with a clean sheet. However, the recent H2H history mostly suggests that any Bournemouth win may see a plot twist, with three of the last four H2H encounters producing a 2-1 scoreline.
As well as that H2H record, it is worth noting that only Wolves and Arsenal have been involved in more encounters with both teams scoring than Aston Villa this season. Yet, it is also hard to ignore the Villans’ poor record when conceding the opening goal (W2, D1, L10) so far this term.
Villa have outscored opponents 8-5 in the first half of play during away games. They have been outscored themselves 19-7 in the second half, which suggests that they may weaken as the game progresses. Villa have additionally conceded the joint-highest number of goals in the league after the 75th minute (11).
Stat Attack and Players to Watch
Bournemouth: Bournemouth are unbeaten in the last six PL home fixtures in which Callum Wilson has scored (W4, D2).
Aston Villa: Jack Grealish has scored in each of Aston Villa’s four away wins in all competitions this season.
Nine of Bournemouth’s 12 home PL fixtures have witnessed a minimum of two goals.
Bournemouth are the only team yet to win as home favorites in the PL this term, drawing 60% of such matches. On the other hand, A significant 70.83% of Aston Villa’s PL games this season have contained over 2.5 goals.