Aston Villa are certain to get relegated from the Premier League and they badly need a win against Bournemouth on Saturday to keep the slimmest hopes of staying up alive.
Manager-less Aston Villa succumbed to another heavy defeat last weekend as Chelsea put 4 goals past them. The season is already done and dusted for the Villians, who have lost all of their last 7 league matches. There is still some hope left for the Londoners, but they must start winning now and must not drop a point in any of the remaining 6 matches.
Bournemouth have done pretty well in their debut season in the English Premier League and distant themselves from the relegation zone. This is a great achievement for the Cherries who are 13th in the table, 11 points away from the danger zone and a few more surprise results might take them into the top half of the table.
Aston Villa has now lost 7 matches in a row and 9 from their last 10. They haven’t scored a goal in their last 4 matches and conceded a heavy 11 goals. The Villians are on a 4-match losing streak at home and scored just 1 goal and conceded 15 during the period.
Bournemouth were comprehensively beaten in their last two matches, both by Premier League heavy weights Tottenham and Manchester City, 3-0 and 4-0 respectively. But they have won all their previous three matches and scored 2 or more goals in each of them.
Bournemouth’s away form is league is particularly good as they have lost only once in their last 6 matches, with 2 wins and 3 draws.
Aston Villa: Team News
The caretaker boss Eric Black will be without the injured Jordan Amavi and Libor Kozák in welcoming the Cherries to the Villa Park.
Right-back Alan Hutton is suspended and as a result Micah Richards is expected to start. Both Jack Grealish and Adama Traore are back to full fitness and is expected to play some part in Saturday’s crucial tie.
Aston Villa: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Guzan –Richards, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho – Veretout, Gueye, Sanchez – Ayew, Gestede, Grealish.
Bournemouth: Team News
Benik Afobe is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, while youngster Tyrone Mings is already sidelined for the rest of the season.
Other than the two causalities, head-coach Eddie Howe has a fully fit squad at his disposal in the trip to London.
Bournemouth: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Boruc –Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels – Surman, Arter, Gradel, Ritchie – King, Murray.
Aston Villa vs Bournemouth: Head-to-Head Stats
Aston Villa have on both occasion the team have met previously, 2-0 in FA cup on January 2015 and 1-0 in the first leg of this season’s Premier League fixture on August 2015.
Interestingly, the win at Bournemouth, is the Villains only away win in Premier League so far this season.
Aston Villa vs Bournemouth: Prediction
Bournemouth has lost their last two matches, and they will be keen to bounce back with a win. Moreover there is no better chance than a sinking Aston Villa.
Villa’s fate is on their own hands and failing to take a point from this match will assure them dropping to the Championship. I can hardly see any positive in this and I expect Bournemouth to edge a win here.