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

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Premier League Burnley v AFC Bournemouth

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Saturday, February 22, 2020


Turf Moor

Punter's Pick

The home side are a rather generous looking 23/20 with Bet365 to claim all three points, and given their current run of form and recent history between the two sides they should surely be backed to claim all three points.

Four out of the last five clashes have produced 2.5 goals and over, so back there being goals in this game as well – Bet365 are offering 6/5 on more than 2.5 goals and with both sides not keeping clean sheets with any great regularity this looks a great option.

Relegation threatened Bournemouth take on a Burnley side easing towards safety in what is likely to be another test of the Cherries’ resolve to stay in the top flight at a wet and windy Turf Moor.

Burnley almost safe?

Despite never being more than a couple of bad results away from being sucked into the bottom five or six teams, Burnley by large have steered clear of relegation trouble, usually finding a string of results when they threaten to get sucked into a battle at the foot of the table. They are on one such run at present, unbeaten in their last four league games, a sequence which has included three wins. Currently sitting on 34 points, they will feel a couple more wins from their remaining fixtures will guarantee safety. If they can continue their current impressive run for a few more weeks a place in the top half of the table is not yet beyond them, despite the fierce competition just above them, with only six points separating Burnley in eleventh position and Tottenham in fifth.

Recent wins give Bournemouth hope

After a disastrous run of form either side of Christmas, it was fast looking like Bournemouth were sinking into the Championship without a trace. However two wins in their last three games has at least given them hope of survival, and they start the weekend two points outside the relegation places. Those wins were achieved against fellow strugglers Brighton and Aston Villa respectively, but a quick look at the fixtures suggest the Cherries have one of the toughest of run-ins amongst the sides in the relegation battle. Fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Wolves, Manchester United, Spurs and Leicester City make up six of their last eleven games, meaning Eddie Howe’s side are likely to go right to the wire in their battle for Premier League safety.

Team News

Burnley top scorer Chris Wood was forced off with an injury against Southampton last weekend, so Matej Vydra should keep his place in the starting XI after coming off the bench to score at St Mary’s. Fellow forward Ashley Barnes is also a doubt and at best is likely to make the bench.

Ben Gibson remains unavailable after joining former club Middlesbrough in a strange move for training only, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matt Lowton look set to miss out through injury.

For Bournemouth Jefferson Lerma is back after serving a one-match ban, but Eddie Howe still has at least five players out injured – Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly.

Burnley to keep up their good form?

In what is likely to be a challenging match for Bournemouth both physically and mentally, it is questionable whether the south coast side will have enough willpower to overcome the constant pressure Burnley will apply. The Clarets have triumphed the last three times these sides have met including a 4-0 thumping at Turf Moor last season, and it is difficult to see past Burnley easing to another win against their beleaguered opponents.

Punter's Pick

The home side are a rather generous looking 23/20 with Bet365 to claim all three points, and given their current run of form and recent history between the two sides they should surely be backed to claim all three points.

Four out of the last five clashes have produced 2.5 goals and over, so back there being goals in this game as well – Bet365 are offering 6/5 on more than 2.5 goals and with both sides not keeping clean sheets with any great regularity this looks a great option.

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