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

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Saturday, November 23, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

With enough attacking talent on display, over 2.5 goals seems a real possibility and is available at evens with Bet365. An injury hit Bournemouth side may struggle to take all three points, so a draw at 23/10 with Betfair seems the most likely outcome given Wolves’ tendency to draw a high percentage of games away from home so far this season.

Eighth place takes on ninth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as two of the Premier League’s more attractive sides go head to head in an intriguing clash.

Wolves edge it on current form

Despite both sides sitting level on points at present with just a goal difference of +1 in Wolves’ favour separating the two sides, the visitors come into this clash in better form, which will make the home side even more wary. Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games, quickly putting behind them an indifferent start to the season where they seemed to be struggling to manage the demands of a Europa League campaign alongside league commitments. That sequence has included a stunning 2-0 away win at champions Manchester City and a credible 1-1 draw away at Arsenal, a game where they could have also gone on to have won.

By contrast Bournemouth have been patchy of late, with just one win in their last five league games, a sequence that has also included two defeats. Last time out they slumped to a 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle United, giving manager Eddie Howe plenty to ponder going into the two enforced break for international fixtures.

Team News

Both sides have much to ponder due to injury, with Bournemouth likely to be without up to seven players. Lloyd Kelly is the latest to have succumbed, having picked up a muscular injury in training. Ryan Fraser is suffering from a knee injury this week and missed Scotland’s recent fixtures, but could still be passed fit in time for Saturday. The influential midfielder is one of the Premier League’s leading assist kings, and with his contract expiring in 2020 the Cherries face a real battle to hold onto him.

Striker Joshua King has a hamstring problem and joins Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels, Andrew Surman and David Brooks as others who have all been ruled out.

Wolves will still be without towering centre-back Willy Boly, who is recovering from foot surgery and is unlikely to feature again in 2019. Morgan White-Gibbs is nearing full fitness following a back injury and could make the trip. In-form and recently converted wing back Adama Traore is struggling with a hamstring injury picked up while training on his maiden call-up to the Spain national side and may miss out.

Wolves to be good value for a point?

Given the current form of these two sides, any advantage Bournemouth may feel they have from playing at home is negated by Wolves’ excellent run of form and ability to get results away from home. The visitors have lost only once on their travels in the Premier League so far this season, but have all too often failed to turn draws into wins. In what is likely to be an open and enterprising game, a draw would seem the most likely outcome of two sides that are very closely matched.

Punter's Pick

With enough attacking talent on display, over 2.5 goals seems a real possibility and is available at evens with Bet365. An injury hit Bournemouth side may struggle to take all three points, so a draw at 23/10 with Betfair seems the most likely outcome given Wolves’ tendency to draw a high percentage of games away from home so far this season.

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