Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
2018/19 English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11th August 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth).
Bournemouth have the perfect chance to start the 2018/19 English Premier League campaign on a high as their first opponent is the newly promoted Cardiff City.
Eddie Howe guided the team to a 12th place finish last season, 3 spots behind what they achieved in the previous campaign.
The task is only getting tougher for Howe as he walk in the fourth Premier League season with the Cherries with many teams reinforcing their squad with high profile players.
Bournemouth signed just three players in the summer so far, the Colombian international Jefferson Lerma the standout candidate, coming after playing all four games for this team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The other two summer arrivals are defender Diego Rico from Leganes and midfielder David Brooks from Championship outfit Sheffield United.
On the other hand, Cardiff City were the surprise team of last season’s Championship and they thrashed the odds by finishing second in the table.
The return to Premier League presents some challenges for the Bluebirds with reinforcements far and few to find.
All the four new players arrived at Cardiff are from lower division and this will put the side short on Premier League experience.
Neil Warnock will be hopeful, at least to close some deals before the transfer window shut down on August 31.
Bournemouth vs Cardiff City Head-to-head
- Saturday, 10 August 2018, mark the first ever Premier League meeting between Bournemouth and Cardiff City.
- This far, the teams had only met in lower league or cup competitions.
- In the 6 league meetings during the period, Bournemouth won 3, drew 2 and lost 1.
- The last five during the period saw both teams scoring.
- Their most recent meetings date back to Bournemouth promotion winning season of Championship 2014/15.
Bournemouth vs Cardiff City Prediction
Just as we mentioned earlier, Cardiff do lack Premier League experience and until unless they strengthen the key areas before the end of this month, the team from Wales remain as favorites to relegate to the Championship.
Despite limited activity in the transfer market, the Cherries brought in some solid players as well as retained those who played a key role in the 12th place finish last season.
Eddie Howe’s men are coming on the back of an emphatic 5-2 win against French Ligue 1 side Marseille and there is little doubt that they will be confident to get a positive result here.
Meantime, Cardiff played most of their warm up games against lower division sides and when they got a top side, they ended up losing (1-2 Real Betis).
Thus, the punters can bank on a comfortable home win when these two sides meet for the first time in a Premier League fixture on Saturday.
Bournemouth vs Cardiff City Betting Tips
FT – Bournemouth to win at 10/11 (1.91)
Brave punters can back the home win on a -1.5 Asian handicap for juicy 14/5 (3.80) odd.