Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Bournemouth welcome struggling Fulham to the south coast on Saturday afternoon, with both teams looking to build on victories. The homes side demolished Bright & Hove Albion last weekend, winning 5-0 at home. Fulham ended a losing run of nine games with a 2-0 home win over Everton, which was their first Premier League victory since beating Brighton in January.
Spectators should probably anticipate there being goals in this game too. There have been 110 goals scored in Bournemouth’s Premier League games this season, more than any other side in England’s top tier. The Cherries have scored 49 and conceded 61 of those goals.
After beating Everton last weekend, the Cottagers are attempting to achieve back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since April 2014. Fulham have taken only two points away from home this season, though, which makes their task a tough one.
Bournemouth v Fulham Prediction: Cherries 2-2 Cottagers
Our prediction for this game is that it will end all-square, and that there will be goals. We think that 2-2 looks a likely final scoreline, given how many goals tend to be scored in Premier League games involving Bournemouth in 2018/19. Neither of these sides has been in great form in recent weeks, and Bournemouth are one of the Premier League’s most inconsistent teams. Fulham are all but relegated, and have only a mathematical chance of staying up now. That could take the pressure off the players, and they may be able to express themselves a little more than has been usual this season.
Our recommended tip: Draw, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Coral, who are offering a price of 15/4 on the game ending in a draw with both teams scoring. We think that this is a good bet, as there tends to be plenty of goals scored in matches involving Bournemouth this season. Both sides also have good attacking players. The odds of 15/4 also offer good value to astute punters, while the bet also offers you some flexibility when it comes to the precise final scoreline. We have predicted a 2-2 result for the clash, but there could more goals than that scored on Saturday.
These sides have played each other on just one previous occasion in the Premier League, a game which took place earlier this season. Bournemouth won 3-0 at Craven Cottage on October 27. Callum Wilson scored two goals, with David Brooks netting the other. In total, the teams have met 32 times in all competitions, with the Cherries winning 13 and Fulham 10 of those games.
Bournemouth have lost just one of their last 11 league matches against Fulham, and have won seven and drawn three. That defeat came in 1994, when both sides were in the third tier of English football.
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Players to watch: Callum Wilson & Ryan Babel
Cherries forward Callum Wilson scored one goal and provided two assists against Brighton last weekend. That made him the first Bournemouth player to be directly involved in 20 Premier League goals in a single season. He has scored 12 goals and provided eight assists for his team-mates over the course of the 2018/19 campaign. He has produced 52 attempts on goal this season, 25 of which have been on target. He has hit the woodwork twice.
Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel scored Fulham’s second goal in the 2-1 win over Everton last weekend. The Dutchman had made a positive impression at the Cottagers since signing for the London club from Turkish outfit Besiktas in January. Since moving to west London, Babel has scored four goals in 12 Premier League games, and has also weighed in with three assists. He has also created four big chances for his team-mates.