Bournemouth finally ended their eight-game winless run in the top-flight last weekend when they beat West Ham United to the tune of 3-2 at Dean Court. Joshua King helped himself to a hat-trick as Bournemouth followed up their hard-fought draw at Old Trafford with the vital win and this puts Eddie Howe’s men some six points clear of the danger zone as things stand.
“Naturally, when you are not winning, the mood is not as positive and vibrant as when you are,” Howe said to the media during the week. “I think that is human nature. The players have done well to keep their emotions in control. They know the only way we can achieve what we want is to work harder on the training pitch and that’s what we have tried to do. We look at every game as a way to pick up points. But we know the importance of some games that will define our season.”
One such defining encounter comes this weekend when the Cherries go head-to-head with fellow strugglers Swansea City at Dean Court. Paul Clement’s side are three points behind Bournemouth as we head into this weekend’s round of fixtures and they have enjoyed a decent run under their new boss.
Clement has led his new charges to four wins in six matches and as such they have moved away from the bottom three, however they could easily find themselves back in the mire should they fail to address their dismal away form. The Swans managed an upset at Anfield a couple of months ago but it has downhill since then, at least away from the Liberty Stadium. Defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City hold no shame, however the defeat at Hull City was disappointing and given the Swans’ poor form away from home we’ll be backing the Cherries to keep their momentum going by collecting all three points on the south coast.
We also expect to see a few goals along the way as neither defence looks capable of managing to keep the goals at bay without effectively ‘parking the bus’. Swansea possess the Premier League’s worst defence with 61 goals conceded while Bournemouth aren’t much better with 54 leaked this season. This match screams goals-galore and we expect to see at least four on Saturday afternoon.