Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth).
With the season nearing its concluding phase, it’s absolutely important for both the teams that they secure as many points as they can. In such a tense situation, where a drawn game does not make much sense, goals are expected in plenty between these defensively inferior teams.
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Match Preview
Bournemouth defeated the struggling Brighton the last match-day at home with a 3-1 scoreline. While the win was a relief for Bournemouth, the fact that it was against a fellow relegation-battler meant that the team still had a lot to improve.
In the meantime, Aston Villa recorded a 2-1 win over Watford at home, with a late winning goal. The 90+5th minute winner has certainly been a catalyst for the team which was seen in their next game, where they defeated Leicester 2-1 in the EFL Cup, with another late goal.
In terms of defense, both teams have been struggling this season. Bournemouth have kept a total of two clean sheets from their last fifteen games, and at home, they secured a total of four clean sheets from the prior fifteen appearances.
Two of these four had come against teams from lower divisions, and one of the remaining two had come against Norwich, the dead-last placed team in the PL as of now.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa are on a streak of eight fixtures without a clean sheet, and the last they kept their nets clean was against Norwich. Also, they have conceded at least one goal in 22 of their previous 25 fixtures.
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Head-to-head (h2h)
- Not a single game in this century have ended in a draw.
- Only one meeting between the two in the past 20 years have ended without over 2.5 goals.
- Bournemouth are yet to record a win at home since 2000.
- Since 1971, only eight times have the teams faced each other, and Bournemouth won thrice, lost four times, and were held to draw just once.
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Prediction
As can be seen, both teams are trying their best to avoid relegation. Not many match-days remain in their league campaign, and as days pass, the pressure would just keep mounting.
At this point of their seasons, a drawn game which gives just a single point is pretty much useless. They both need to go for the win, and with the off-colour defenses of both, it’s the perfect recipe for a high-scoring match.
Moreover, Aston Villa have conceded the second-most goals in the competition, and on the road, no other team have let in more goals than them.
Also, since 2000, disregarding one h2h meeting, every other clash had over 2.5 goals, and both teams found the back of the net as well.
As such, expect the two teams to play for the win this weekend, and produce a lot of goals capitalizing on the mistakes of each other’s backlines.
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).