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

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Premier League Fulham v AFC Bournemouth

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Saturday, April 20, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

Bournemouth are a rather generous 4/6 to win with Bet365, and given Fulham have only picked up two points away from home all season, this looks to be a good value bet. With only eleven goals on their travels all season, Fulham are not exactly a shoe-in to score either – take 5/4 with Bet365 that both teams are not on target on Saturday.

Mid-table Bournemouth clash with relegated Fulham at the Vitality Stadium, in a game that could provide the fans with plenty of entertainment with little pressure on both teams as their respective seasons draw to a close.

Bournemouth end dismal run at last

Bournemouth went into their last match with Brighton on a dismal run of just one win in nine league fixtures – that win coming against relegated Huddersfield Town. Whilst being dragged into the relegation places still seemed a little way off, there was some pressure going into the clash with Brighton. An emphatic 5-0 win away last week put to bed any lingering doubts about their Premier League status, and should help their confidence going into the last few games of the season and into the next campaign.

Fulham earn a rare win in difficult season

Surprisingly, Fulham come into the game on the back of a win of their own – an unexpected 2-0 victory over in-form Everton. Their surprise but well deserved victory gave Scott Parker his first win in charge of the Cottagers, and would have done his chances of getting the job on a permanent basis no harm.

That victory ended a run of nine straight league defeats, but Fulham are still battling to avoid an unwanted record. With just two points away from home all season, Fulham are closing in on the worse haul of points away from home since the inception of the Premier League. Only Derby County with three points  in 2007/08 have a worse record, and with a difficult away trip to Wolves to come in their last away fixture of the season, the Cottagers look on target to take over this unwanted record.

Talented players from both sides in the shop window?

Despite their recent struggles, Bournemouth have a host of talented players which have been attracting attention from other big Premier League clubs, and they will face a battle to start next season with a similar squad to what they currently have. Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, David Brooks and Nathan Ake are amongst their stars that have been linked with big money moves away from the Vitality Stadium, and with bigger wages and European football on offer elsewhere, the Cherries may have to end up parting with one or more of their prized talents.

For Fulham their two standout performers in an otherwise dismal season have been frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic and teenager Ryan Sessegnon. The latter only has one year left on his contract so is destined to leave in the summer, with Fulham running the risk of the young star running down his contract and moving abroad for free the following year. Mitrovic has been on the radar of several mid-table Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace in particular in need of some firepower next season.

Team News

Bournemouth have no fresh injury concerns to contend with as captain Steve Cook returned to action last weekend after a seven-match lay-off with a groin injury without any adverse reaction.

Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a doubt because of a knee ligament problem but Floyd Ayite could return from a muscle injury, while Alfie Mawson is close to recovering from the freak knee injury he suffered whilst changing his boots.

More away day blues on the cards for Cottagers?

With Bournemouth back to their best in their 5-0 demolition of Brighton last week, it promises to be another tough away day for Fulham. Their inability to keep clean sheets will be tested again, and with Bournemouth’s inventive attackers and pace, they look severely vulnerable to be overrun again on their travels.

Punter's Pick

Bournemouth are a rather generous 4/6 to win with Bet365, and given Fulham have only picked up two points away from home all season, this looks to be a good value bet. With only eleven goals on their travels all season, Fulham are not exactly a shoe-in to score either – take 5/4 with Bet365 that both teams are not on target on Saturday.

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