Bournemouth vs Arsenal Prediction & Match Preview

Bournemouth vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Vitality Stadium.

Great things were expected from both these teams at the start of the season, but as of now, they have stooped down to the level of a squad that would be content with avoiding relegation. This can simply go on no longer, and as such, a fierce encounter is on the cards by all means.

Bournemouth vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The last time these two met, Arsenal won 1-0.
  • In fact, the Gunners are on a three-game winning run, and also won four of the former five clashes.
  • Only once have Bournemouth won at this venue in the past decade.
  • Disregarding a simple game, all encounters at this stadium have had goals from both teams.

Bournemouth vs Arsenal Prediction

Bournemouth tried their best the last match-day to avoid a loss at home against Burnley. But the visitors spoiled the plans with their winner in the 89th minute.

In the meantime, Everton held the Gunners to a goalless draw, with the latter being on the road, the prior game week.

As things stand, this upcoming game week, either squad will be desperate for a win. The year is about to come to an end, and the league campaign is at its halfway mark. Neither team are anywhere close to the level of form they had targeted at the start of the season.

In terms of result, take into account the fact that Arsenal are going through a period of unrest. They have just fired Unai Emery from the post of the gaffer, and are yet to come to terms with the style of Freddie Ljungberg.

Moreover, they have one win from their last thirteen games, and on top of that, are on the road. Importantly, also keep note that they have a total of three wins away from home this whole season, in all competitions.

On the other hand, while Bournemouth are struggling to post points consistently, they do have the home advantage to count on, and the experience of having defeated the likes of Manchester United, Everton etc at this venue, in recent months.

Also take into account the fact that, Bournemouth have lost at this venue just four times this whole season, and two had come against Liverpool, and Manchester City respectively.

As such, the struggling Arsenal are in for a tough night, and while they might just manage to record a win, it’s going to be a close call. Likely, when we introduce the handicap, Bournemouth should emerge victorious.

Going on, do understand the fact that Bournemouth are in no shape to take on a challenge right now. They have lost six of their last seven match-ups, and have two wins from their previous thirteen games. They are also on a three-match losing run in front of the home crowd.

Furthermore, Arsenal have been the top dog in h2h clashes this past decade. In fact, the Gunners have never failed to find the back of the net at this venue in the last ten years, and only once have they failed to score two or more goals in this period.

In addition, the Gunners have also won seven of the preceding nine clashes, and recorded a total of 23 goals from the previous nine h2h battles.

Considering these findings along with the current struggles of Bournemouth, it’s unlikely that the hosts would keep a clean sheet.

Thus, the BTTS emerges as a strong bet this Thursday.

Bournemouth vs Arsenal Betting Tips

  • Bournemouth +1, +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.40 (2/5)
  • Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2).