Will AFC Bournemouth’s tenure in the Premier League finally come to an end in 2017/18? Manager Eddie Howe and the Cherries have received plenty of plaudits over the past couple of seasons following the side’s rise to the top-flight of the English game for the first time in the club’s history, however things haven’t gone too well thus far in the current campaign and Bournemouth sit joint-bottom of the Premier League with no points from their opening four matches. Manager Eddie Howe has mad clear his concerns about this situation:
“That was not very good, I’ve got to be honest,” he said following the 3-0 thrashing by Arsenal. “I can’t hide it. We were disappointing from start to finish. We’ve got a lot of work to do. You can get bad results in the Premier League, but when you don’t have performances, that’s where concerns creep in. That’s where we are. We will lick our wounds. We have no points. We have to dig deep and find some character and show what we are made of. I didn’t see what I wanted to see today.”
Bournemouth need to start digging deep, and fast. They will get a chance to get some points on the board on Friday evening when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Vitality Stadium. The Seagulls head into this match in high spirits following their first ever Premier League win last weekend. Chris Hughton’s men started their campaign in disappointing fashion with back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City, however they followed up a 0-0 draw at Watford with a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend and Hughton will be demanding more of the same at Bournemouth.
Nevertheless we expect the visitors to head home with nothing for their troubles. The Cherries may be pointless from their opening four matches but two of their defeats were against Arsenal and Manchester City. In all fairness Brighton are a major step down in quality and the Seagulls have failed to find the net on their travels thus far. Bournemouth desperately need to kick-start their campaign and the bookies expect them to do that on Friday evening, as do we.
This promises to be a pretty low-scoring encounter. Brighton banged in three last weekend but they didn’t find the net in any of their previous three league matches with no goals away from home. Bournemouth are hardly banging them in for fun either and this could end up being a pretty dour affair with a home win by a very slim margin.
Back Bournemouth to win and under 2.5 goals at 17/5 with Ladbrokes Free Bet.
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