Bournemouth v Aston Villa Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa

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Saturday, February 1, 2020


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

Given the form of both teams this is a difficult one to pick outright but we feel that Aston Villa are gathering momentum especially after their last few performances. Bournemouth have performed poorly and struggle to get and then keep the ball. Villa will be confident having knocked Leicester out of the EFL Cup and should be backed with Bet365 at 11/8 in the Draw No Bet market. We feel these odds are generous and you get your money back if Villa don’t go on to get the win. The reverse fixture also saw a high corner count and you can increase the value of your overall bet by adding in over 10 corners at 8/13 with the same bookmaker.

Bournemouth welcome Aston Villa to the Vitality Stadium in a real six-pointer between two teams battling to avoid relegation. Bournemouth will be desperate to maintain their place as Premier League regulars with Villa looking to avoid going straight back down having gained promotion last season. Who will come out on top and establish a buffer from the bottom three?

Bournemouth come into this game having won just two of their last 13 league games. One of those wins was a 1-0 away victory at Chelsea which will provide some optimism for fans that their team has the capacity to win big matches. The other was their last league outing beating Brighton 3-1 in a similar scenario to this one, where both teams were struggling and the win would be more significant to morale than just three points. The issue for the team has been the volume of injuries to key players which has restricted the manager’s ability to compete and the team has often been forced to play large periods of games without the ball. This has sapped the energy of all their players leading to poor results. Eddie Howe will need the likes of Dominic Solanke to improve his holdup play is the Cherries are to have any chance in this one as too often the team have sat deep only to play forward and continuously lose the ball back.

Aston Villa have had a good few weeks with the team drawing against Brighton in the league before beating Watford 2-1. The feel good factor has remained with the players as they beat Leicester in the FA Cup last time out courtesy of a late goal from Trezeguet and the game was again run by their talisman Jack Grealish. As he has done throughout the season, Grealish was often the driving force, carrying the ball forward and helping create their best chances. He was also immense in tracking back and helping out his teammates and this helped to stifle the creative talents of Leicester.

In team news, Bournemouth could welcome back Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico with Eddie Howe expecting both to be fit and available. Although there have been reports that the trio of Junior Stanislas, Jack Stacey and Joshua King could feature, the game is likely to come too soon for all three.

Aston Villa need to make a call on whether Pepe Reina will get his first start for the Villans especially after the impressive performance of Orjan Haskjold Nyland in their EFL Cup game. Match winner Trezeguet started that game on the bench and could start for this one with £8.5m forward Mbwana Samatta also pushing for his Premier League debut.

Punter's Pick

Given the form of both teams this is a difficult one to pick outright but we feel that Aston Villa are gathering momentum especially after their last few performances. Bournemouth have performed poorly and struggle to get and then keep the ball. Villa will be confident having knocked Leicester out of the EFL Cup and should be backed with Bet365 at 11/8 in the Draw No Bet market. We feel these odds are generous and you get your money back if Villa don’t go on to get the win. The reverse fixture also saw a high corner count and you can increase the value of your overall bet by adding in over 10 corners at 8/13 with the same bookmaker.

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