Bournemouth vs Southampton
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 19 July 2020
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries are fast running out of time to ensure their stay in the Premier League. With just two games remaining, they are still placed in the relegation zone, and need to make up a deficit of at least three points.
It goes without saying that they need to win the next two fixtures at any cost, and this puts them under unimaginable pressure.
It’s a bit helpful that they are taking on the Saints this Sunday – who have already ensured their safety, and are out of the European race as well. Likely, they have no motivation to give their 100% on the pitch, and this remains the biggest hope for the hosts.
Considering the impressive win Eddie Howe’s men secured at home against the Foxes in their last appearance here, along with how recent h2h clashes have turned out to be – expect them to deliver a furious offensive performance.
On top of that, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets lately. As such, a goal-fest is expected at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth vs Southampton: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture saw the Cherries winning on the road, 1-3.
- They have scored a total of six goals from the past two games.
- Four of the former five games had goals from both teams.
- Only once have the hosts failed to score at this venue in the last two decades.
- The visitors recorded three of the preceding four wins at this stadium.
Bournemouth vs Southampton: Prediction
Howe’s men lost 2-1 on the road the last match-day, against Manchester City. In the meantime, the Saints were held to a 1-1 draw at home the past game week, by Brighton.
As things stand, the Cherries have the slight advantage. The reason being – their absolute desperation, and the relaxed state of mind of their counterparts. Moreover, they had won the reverse fixture on the road with an impressive scoreline, and had scored three or more goals in the last two such games.
On top of that, Hasenhuttl’s men had failed to keep clean sheets in 11 of their preceding 14 overall matches, and in 14 of their last 17 games on the road.
Likely, expect Bournemouth to avoid a defeat this Sunday. However, understand that they are under huge pressure, and the Saints will be looking to take advantage of the mistakes committed by the home team. As such, expect a total of more than two goals as well.
Bournemouth vs Southampton: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Bournemouth or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.75 (3/4).