Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 28 April 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Saturday’s clash with the Cherries will be the last train to catch for Southampton who are four points below the safe zone line with just four games left to play. Only a win thus works out for Mark Hughes and his men, particularly if we know that they have to play the likes of Everton and Manchester City until the end of the season.
Bournemouth are a perfect opposition for the Saints at this stage given that the visitors practically do not have an imperative here. Additionally, the will come into the match in poor form, having lost last two league ties. Eddie Howe’s men are also winless in last four league games and their defensive line was among the easiest to break down in recent weeks.
The Cherries conceded nine goals in last four matches (over two per game) and they did not keep a single clean sheet in last ten outings in the EPL.
Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth: Head-to-head
Southampton have always been a tough opponent to AFC Bournemouth.
The Saints won six, drew two and lost just one of nine head to head games with the Cherries.
AFC Bournemouth lost three and drew only one of four games at St. Mary’s so far.
Last two head to head affairs, however, ended in draws.
Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth: Prediction
Much like their counterparts, Southampton also lacked meticulousness at the back over the last couple of weeks. They shipped 11 goals in last five games across competitions. Mark Hughes’ side did produce a string resistance to Chelsea in last weekend’s FA Cup semifinal at Wembley, but the Blues managed to come on top eventually beating Southampton 2-0 to book a place in the final where they’ll meet Manchester United.
In all, if we take the importance of the game for the hosts, their H2H dominance over AFC Bournemouth and the Cherries’ defensive holes into consideration, the home win is a must-take pick at the odds of 1.65.
The value is also decent in backing goals at both ends at the odds of 1.70. This term’s H2H match at Vitality Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw. Both sides were fairly easy to break down of late and we’d be surprised to see a low-scoring contest here. Punters who like to chase high odds longshot can try with the home win & BTTS at 3.40.
Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth: Bet Tips
Southampton to win @ 1.65
BTTS @ 1.70