AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City

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Saturday, October 19, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

There will surely be goals in this game, and an inevitable win for the home side, so back Bournemouth to win and both sides to score at an attractive looking 7/4 with Bet365. The Cherries also look a good bet to be leading at both HT/FT, and can be picked up at 8/5 at this price, again with Bet365.

Mid-table Bournemouth host an already under pressure Norwich City, in a game that is sure to feature plenty of goals if both teams stay close to current form.

Norwich woes stemming from the back

If there is one thing no newly promoted side can afford to be when they reach the top flight it is being charitable in defence, with Premier League sides more than happy to ruthlessly expose any shortcomings. The Canaries though do not seem to be learning their lesson, with a 5-1 thrashing at home to fellow promoted side Aston Villa taking it to 21 goals conceded in just eight league games so far this season – a league high.

It is hardly surprising then Norwich are only being propped up at the bottom of the table by the almost equally woeful Watford, and with just two wins and six defeats in their opening eight games, the Canaries look like sitting ducks already for the relegation trapdoor. In mitigation, Norwich have been decimated by injuries this season, but the worry will by the time they get all their key personnel back and up to speed they may have too much ground to make up on the sides around them.

Mid-table mediocrity awaiting Bournemouth?

Currently sitting exactly halfway in the Premier League in tenth position, and with a goal difference of zero, it hardly gets any more mid-table and uninspiring for the Cherries. Manager Eddie Howe may have grander designs on pushing for a top six or even eight position, but his side continue to remain too inconsistent to seriously worry the sides above them.

With two wins in their last five games, a run that has also featured two losses and a draw, the Cherries lack of consistency has been perfectly illustrated. With players of the calibre of Callum and Harry Wilson, Josh King and Nathan Ake available, Bournemouth fans may be within their rights to wonder why teams such as Leicester are pushing for the top four when there isn’t a huge gulf in quality between in theory two similarly talented and matched squads.

Team News

Adam Smith is back in contention for Bournemouth after a seven-week absence because of a hamstring injury, but David Brooks, Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas remain out with long term injuries for the Cherries.

Norwich will be relieved by the return of several players, including goalkeeper Tim Krul after a back problem forced him to miss the 5-1 rout by Aston Villa last time out for the Canaries.
Alex Tettey, Tom Trybull, Onel Hernandez and Ben Godfrey also return, whilst Jamal Lewis, Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell have all overcome injuries that forced them to withdraw from international duty.

Another day of pain for Norwich?

Despite the return of several first team players from injury, Norwich still look short in all areas of being able to string together any run of meaningful results to start lifting themselves clear of the relegation zone. Bournemouth are generally a free flowing and attacking side, particularly at home, and the visitors will surely struggle to contain the hosts for long enough periods to get anything from this game.

Punter's Pick

There will surely be goals in this game, and an inevitable win for the home side, so back Bournemouth to win and both sides to score at an attractive looking 7/4 with Bet365. The Cherries also look a good bet to be leading at both HT/FT, and can be picked up at 8/5 at this price, again with Bet365.

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