Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22nd April 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Dean Court.
Bournemouth were looking good to avoid relegation when they picked back-to-back wins at the end of March. But a barren run of four matches without a win put them two positions above the drop zone at a 7-point cushion. Truth to be told, they had a tough round of fixtures with the latest three opponents being Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. Now they have a perfect opportunity to stay clear off danger by picking full points against a team who has managed just 4 wins all season.
Boro are still searching for their first league win since December. They put up a good fight against Arsenal last time, but once again fell to a narrow defeat. Their last 15 matches saw no wins, 6 draws and 9 losses. Especially away from home, they have lost 7 of their last 9 and failed to score in 7 of those. It is not a wonder that they are struggling to move out of the relegation zone. They will be coming to Dean Court sitting at 19th in the league table needing another 7 points to move into safety.
Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head
Middlesbrough won the reverse leg of the current season by a 2-0 margin. They were without a win in the previous four, but the Cherries have only 1 win during the period with 3 matches ending in draws.
At home, the Bournemouth are unbeaten in the two matches during the period with a win and a draw. Also, they kept clean sheets on both occasions.
Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough: Prediction
It is hard to see Middlesbrough taking anything out of this match after coming on the back of a long win-less run. The morale of the visitors will be low, while Bournemouth with home fans on the back could seize the opportunity to add valuable 3-points to stay clear in the relegation battle.