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Bournemouth vs. Norwich Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
16 October 2019
Saturday 19 October
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Bournemouth aim to continue their strong start to the season, as they host struggling Norwich on Saturday afternoon. The Canaries need more performances like the one that beat Manchester City.
Bournemouth came out on top when the sides met in the League Cup last season, with goals from Junior Stanislas and Steve Cook doing the job for Eddie Howe’s side.
Eddie Howe will be able to reintroduce Ryan Fraser to the team, and may move Josh King further forward to accommodate the winger. However, the Norwegian has been performing well at wide this season, causing a potential tactical headache for the manager.
A host of injuries means that third choice goalkeeper Michael McGovern is expected to start once again, with Daniel Farke unable to make wholesale changes to the side that lost their last game. Christoph Zimmermann’s foot injury will keep the centre-back out for a few months yet, with fellow defenders Timm Klose and Grant Hanley also sidelined.
Bournemouth vs. Norwich Preview and Predictions
Despite sitting in 10th place in the Premier League table, Bournemouth have enjoyed a positive start to the season and remain just three points off a Europa League spot. Eddie Howe’s side will have been disappointed to pick up one point from their last two games, but acquitted themselves well against both Arsenal and West Ham.
The situation is far more precarious for Daniel Farke’s side, who sit second bottom of the table, who have a lot of games left until they can reinforce the squad in January. A win against Manchester City in September, and the impressive form of Teemu Pukki may have given the impression that Norwich were coping with the jump up to the Premier League, but recent evidence suggests that may not be the case. A point – 4.30 – is possible, but Norwich will want the 4.20 victory.
The Canaries have lost their last three games, scoring just one goal in doing so, and worryingly these matches came against Crystal Palace, Burnley and Aston Villa, all of whom were predicted to be relegation candidates this season. The defeat to the Villans was particularly jarring as not only did they concede five goals, but did so against a side that they beat both home and away last season, and that had yet to pick up an away point.
Eddie Howe will know that Norwich remain a threat, especially on the counter-attack, and will be keen to score early on, and avoid the possession based football that caught Chelsea and Man City out. However, the Cherries are a flexible side, able of breaking a side down by subtlety or strength, which should serve them well on Saturday. Indeed, the home side are 1.74 to win the match.
Callum Wilson to score anytime at 2.15
The striker made a brief cameo for England in the week and will be raring to go on Saturday.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 2.85
Farke is likely to attempt to shut up shop to avoid a repetition of the Villa game, which could also hamper Norwich’s attacking output.