Bournemouth travel to the capital on Wednesday evening to take on Arsenal in the Premier League, and Eddie Howe’s team will be looking to build on the weekend’s home draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Prior to that 1-1 result, the Cherries had lost their last two Premier League games, away at Liverpool and Cardiff City. Those results highlight the inconsistency of Bournemouth this year, as they followed on the back of two fine home wins. Howe’s team beat West Ham United 2-0 and Chelsea 4-0 in consecutive games.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal team have also had their own problems with inconsistency this season, but they have won four out of their last five Premier League matches. Their last two games have been solid wins against struggling teams, in the shape of Huddersfield Town and Southampton. If they want to hang onto fourth spot in the league, they need to be beating teams like Bournemouth.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth Prediction: Gunners 2-0 Cherries
Our prediction for this game is that Arsenal will win 2-0. We think that the Gunners have been improving in recent weeks, and now look like they will hang onto fourth place in the league table, if they can fight off the challenge of Manchester United. That is easier said than done, of course, but if they keep winning, they should be able to do it. Games like this one are the real test of a team looking for the kind of consistency that is needed for a top four finish.
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Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 7/1 on our prediction of a 2-0 win for the Gunners. We think that this is a good bet for a number of reasons. The odds offer good returns, for one thing. It is also unlikely that Bournemouth will manage to score at the Emirates. We think that Arsenal will find the game to be pretty straightforward in the end, and will score at least twice. Those goals may come in the second half, but they will come.
These two teams have played each other on just seven previous occasions in the Premier League. Out of those seven games, the Gunners have won five, Bournemouth once and there has been one draw. When it comes to home games for Arsenal, the north Londoners have won three times. The Cherries have never beaten Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League.
Their most recent league encounter was earlier this season at the Vitality Stadium. Arsenal won 2-1, thanks to an own goal from Jefferson Lerma and a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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Players to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Ryan Fraser
Arsenal’s top scorer this season is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has netted 15 goals in 26 Premier League appearances. He has also provided four assists, as well as creating five big chances for his team-mates. The 29-year-old Gabon international has scored no goals with his head, which might be significant for some punters. He has made 64 shots on goal, with 27 of those being on target. He has missed 17 big chances, though, so his goal tally could be even higher.
Scotland international Ryan Fraser remains one of Bournemouth’s most impressive players this season. The 25-year-old is his team’s top assist provider, having weighed in with nine in his 27 Premier League appearances in 2018/19. He has also scored five goals. Fraser has provided his team-mates with 17 big chances, and has crossed the ball 180 times, at an accuracy rate of 27%. He has played four through balls and has hit 19 accurate long balls.