Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Bournemouth welcome Burnley to the south coast on Saturday afternoon, with the Cherries looking for a win to reach the magical 40-point mark for the season. While Eddie Howe’s team have never really been in significant danger of relegation, reaching that milestone is an important marker of success for a club with the Cherries’ modest ambitions. Howe’s men have lost three out of their last five Premier League games, and a return to winning ways would be welcomed by the club’s fans.
Things are a little more serious for Sean Dyche’s Burnley side, who are just five points above the relegation zone. They managed to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at home last weekend, ending a run of four Premier League defeats.
Bournemouth vs Burnley Prediction: Cherries 2-1 Clarets
Our prediction for this game is that the home side will win 2-1. While Burnley are desperate for the points, we think that home advantage will be crucial when it comes to the outcome of this match. Neither of these sides has been in great form in recent weeks, to put things mildly, and we are unlikely to be treated to an outstandingly entertaining contest on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth have players like Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, who can produce the moments of quality in the opposition half that the Cherries will need to win the game.
Our recommended tip: Bournemouth, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway. They are offering odds of 3/1 on Bournemouth to win and both teams to score, which looks a like a good option to us. Odds of 3/1 offer decent value to the discerning punter who bets astutely, while the bet also gives you a little bit of flexibility when it comes to the precise final scoreline. The bet also matches our prediction of a 2-1 win for Bournemouth. We think that home advantage will take the Cherries over the line of victory in this game against a struggling Burnley team.
These teams have met on just five previous occasions in the Premier League. Bournemouth have won two of those clashes and Burnley three. One of Burnley’s victories has come at the Vitality Stadium, while the Cherries have also recorded one home win over the Clarets.
The most recent Premier League meeting between the clubs was earlier this season, in September at Turf Moor. It ended in an emphatic 4-0 win for the Clarets, with Mayej Vydra opening the scoring after 39 minutes. Aaron Lennon added a second before half-time, before Ashley Barnes struck twice in the last 10 minutes of normal time.
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Players to watch: Ryan Fraser & Chris Wood
Scotland winger Ryan Fraser has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, something that he has described as flattering. The 25-year-old acknowledged that his focus must remain on the Cherries for the moment, but the reports have stated that the Gunners might make a move for the player in the summer. He is his club’s leading assist provider in the league this season, leading the charts with 10. He has also scored six goals in the Premier League in 2018/19.
New Zealand international striker Chris Wood is a vital component of the Clarets’ line-up, and his partnership with Ashley Barnes up front will be key to Burnley’s hopes of victory this weekend. The Kiwi target man has weighed in with seven goals in 31 Premier League appearances this season. Although he has provided no assists to his team mates, he has created three big chances.