AFC Bournemouth vs Blackburn Rovers
Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Kick-Off at 15.00 UK
Venue: Vitality Stadium.
After spending six consecutive seasons in the Premier League, AFC Bournemouth got relegated to the tier two in the last campaign. There were no implications the team might struggle in 2020, after spending millions on new acquisitions in January.
The most important task for the Cherries right now is to bounce back and open the new season in a victorious fashion. They are favorites against Blackburn Rovers this Saturday, priced at 2.00 to win the match.
Rovers were close to reach the playoffs at some point in May, but a couple of consecutive defeats let them hanging in the middle. They ended as 11th on last year’s table.
Head-to-head h2h stats & Previous Meetings
These two teams have met only six times in the past. A big majority of those were in the Championship in the last decade.
AFC Bournemouth have the 3-2 lead in terms of victories. The most recent one happened in 2018 in the League Cup when Cherries won at home 3-2 FT. Game-winning goal was scored by Callum Wilson in the stoppage time.
It is also worth adding those H2H encounters always ended with high number of goals – 21 in their six games, which averages 3.50 per duel.
Bournemouth vs Blackburn Prediction
Relegation surely had big consequences for AFC Bournemouth in terms of their roster. Team’s best players have decided to accept offers from EPL teams and made a move.
Ake was signed by Manchester City, Aaron Ramsdale left for Sheffield United, while Callum Wilson made a move to Newcastle United. These three deals netted around 88 million EUR to the Cherries.
The team performed really well in the pre-season matches, beating West Ham United 5-3 FT and losing to Benfica 1-2 FT. It’s been a while since this team had a clean sheet (only one in the last 19 games across competitions).
Even though bookies favour the home team (4th favourite to win the league), we don’t think Blackburn should be taken lightly. They scored 11 goals in pre-season matches.
Some of the most notable results are 1-1 draw against Leicester City and 4-1 win against Fleetwood. We fancy their chances to stay undefeated at Vitality.
Draw or away win double chance @ 1.72
Both teams to score @ 1.83.