Swansea vs Bournemouth
England Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 31st December 2016.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.
A troubled Swansea host another struggling side AFC Bournemouth for match day 19 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League.
Swansea City suffered a woeful defeat on the Boxing Day as they were thrashed 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium by the visiting West Ham United. The result has cost Bob Bradley his job just after 85 days since replacing Francesco Guidolin.
The Welsh side gathered 8 points from their last 10 matches in the Premier League. They are now coming on the back of 3 consecutive defeats. The poor form has placed Swansea 19th on the log and they are the 3rd worst home team far this season.
Bournemouth bowed out to a 3-0 defeat to a brilliant Chelsea on Monday in their visit to Stamford Bridge. The defeat at London makes it 3 consecutive away defeats for the Cherries. They have also conceded 3 goals each in those defeats. Eddie Howe’s men are 12th in the league table, with 9 point distance from their Saturday’s host.
Swansea City: Team News
Jefferson Montero, Neil Taylor and Ki Sung-yueng are the three players missing for the Swans as they welcome Bournemouth to the Liberty stadium.
Swansea: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Fabianski – Taylor, Naughton, Hoorn, Fernandez – Cork, Fer – Routledge, Sigurdsson, Barrow – Llorente.
Bournemouth: Team News
Eddie Howe has no fresh injury concerns and Lewis Cook and Mark Pugh are the only players sidelined for the Cherries.
Bournemouth: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Boruc – Daniels, Ake, Steve Cook, Francis – Surman, Arter – Stanislas Wilshere, Smith – Wilson.
Swansea vs Bournemouth: Head-to-Head Statistics
- Bournemouth defeated Swansea by a 3-2 margin when the teams met for the corresponding fixture last season.
- The reverse leg at Dean Court last season also saw a flurry of goals as teams settled for a 2-2 draw.
- In the last 10 competitive games between them in all competitions, Swansea have 5 wins as compared to Bournemouth’s 3; while 2 matches are draws.
- The last 6 matches between these sides in all competitions have seen over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring.
Swansea vs Bournemouth: Prediction
Swansea are in dire need of a victory to revamp their season. The swans has only 2 wins in their first 9 homes games this season, a story they will need to change starting from the this clash. Bournemouth also have a point to prove, having lost their last 2 league games and their last 3 away league games.
We have seen from the past that the matches between these two teams are highly unpredictable. However, one thing we can say for sure is the number of goals.
Therefore, I will predict a low scoring game with the possibility of the game ending with both sides sharing points. The last 6 matches between them have seen a total of 27 goals at an average of 4.5 goals per game. So our main pick for this game is both teams to get on the score sheet and produce at least 3 goals in total.
Swansea vs Bournemouth: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals at 1/1 (2.00).