Bournemouth v Arsenal Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 14th January 2018

Bournemouth entertain Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium for a Premier League fixture this Sunday afternoon. After one win in five in all competitions, the Gunners will be looking to be back on track by claiming maximum points from their trip to the south coast. The Cherries could also do with a win as they sit in a lowly 16th spot, just a point above the drop zone.

We were treated to a six-goal thriller in this fixture last season, let’s hope for more of the same this time around. Can Eddie Howe’s boys cause an upset, or will the London outfit return to winning ways?

Top Tips

Arsenal to Win @ 4/7

Arsenal to Win 2-1 @ 8/1

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Bournemouth Form

Bournemouth have endured a tough season so far, winning just five of their 22 Premier League matches. However, after losing four league and cup games in a row during December, the Cherries are now unbeaten in four in all competitions. Last time out at home in the Premier League, Bournemouth beat Everton 2-1.

Not many had the Cherries down for a relegation scrap before a ball had been kicked this term, but Howe’s troops have struggled to get going thus far. Nevertheless, victory against the three-time Premier League champions on Sunday would be the perfect tonic to kick-start a survival bid.

MatchDateScoreResult
Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic 6th January 2018 2-2 Draw
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bournemouth 1st January 2018 2-2 Draw
Bournemouth v Everton 30th December 2017 2-1 Win

Arsenal Form

Arsenal head to the Vitality Stadium in very patchy form. The Gunners have drawn five of their last seven Premier League games, including their last two. As a result, Arsene Wenger’s team sit five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool before this weekend’s matches. They are also a staggering 23 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal were also embarrassed by EFL Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup last Sunday. Two goals from defender Eric Lichaj helped Forest seal a much-deserved 4-2 victory over the Gunners. Can the Londoners put that behind them by taking all three points in this one?

MatchDateScoreResult
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal 7th January 2018 4-2 Loss
Arsenal v Chelsea 3rd January 2018 2-2 Draw
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal 31st December 2017 1-1 Draw

Head to Head Stats

When these two squared off at Dean Court back in January last season, Arsenal came from three goals down with 20 minutes left to earn a memorable 3-3 draw. The reverse game in November 2016 finished in a comfortable 3-1 win for the Gunners.

Danny Welbeck (2) and Alexandre Lacazette scored the goals in a 3-0 victory over the Cherries at the Emirates Stadium back in September earlier in this campaign. Meanwhile, Bournemouth have never beaten Arsenal in any competition.

MatchDateScoreResult
Arsenal v Bournemouth 9th September 2017 3-0 Arsenal Win
Bournemouth v Arsenal 3rd January 2017 3-3 Draw
Arsenal v Bournemouth 27th November 2016 3-1 Arsenal Win

Injuries & Suspensions

Ryan Fraser is fighting to be fit but is unlikely to take part for Bournemouth. Arsenal will be hoping to welcome back Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi.

Bournemouth

  • Adam Federici - Back in training after a back problem
  • Ryan Fraser - Winger a doubt with a hamstring issue
  • Brad Smith - Defender doubtful with a hip injury
  • Jermain Defoe - Striker out with a broken ankle
  • Josh King - Forward has a hamstring injury
  • Junior Stanislas - Side-lined with a hamstring strain
  • Tyrone Mings - Out with a back problem

Arsenal

  • Granit Xhaka - Could return from a groin injury
  • Shkodran Mustafi - Back in training after a knock
  • Aaron Ramsey - Could miss out with a hamstring problem
  • Laurent Koscielny - Defender has an Achilles tendon injury
  • Nacho Monreal - Out with an ankle injury
  • Olivier Giroud - Striker will miss game with a hamstring problem
  • Santi Cazorla - Still recovering from a long-term Achilles tendon injury
  • Sead Kolasinac - Unavailable for a few weeks due to a knee injury

Betting Tips

With the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in fine fettle at present, Arsenal are in danger of falling away from the top four. Two wins in seven league games is not good enough for a team challenging for the UEFA Champions League places. As for Bournemouth, they are way too close to the relegation zone for their liking, and the Cherries also need to get their act together quickly. The two put on a show at Dean Court a year ago, what will happen this time around?

Arsenal to Win

Arsenal have a good record against Bournemouth over the years. In fact, last season’s 3-3 draw was the only time the Gunners had not beaten them. Wenger’s troops may head to the south coast in patchy form, but we fancy them to strike back with a win here. Arsenal to prevail is available at 4/7.

Arsenal to Win 2-1

Although we’re backing the Gunners to get the job done, we can’t see it being an easy three points for the visitors. With Bournemouth fighting for their lives, Howe won’t allow his side to sit back and let Arsenal play. We fancy the hosts to score in a narrow 2-1 loss at odds of 8/1.

Danny Welbeck to Score First

Danny Welbeck scored twice against Bournemouth back in September, he also netted in Sunday’s defeat at the City Ground. Back the England international to score first at 4/1 this weekend.

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