Kick-off: 1500, 17/08/2019
Stadium: Villa Park
Aston Villa made a promising return to the Premier League at Tottenham and now look a decent bet to beat Bournemouth on home turf.
The Cherries suffered from travel sickness last season, losing 13 times on the road, and have started the new campaign with quite a few injury problems.
Punters can get 27/20 for the top-flight new boys to prevail here and that is our opening Aston Villa vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa threatened to pull off a major upset on the opening weekend when John McGinn gave them an early lead at Tottenham.
Dean Smith’s side were ahead for over an hour before Tanguy Ndombele equalised and then Harry Kane claimed a late double.
“It was a tough baptism of fire coming here,” said Smith. “Performance wise, I thought it was very good.
“The defensive organisation was very good but we came up against a superior team who deserved to win at the end.”
The big-spending Midlands outfit should find this company far more conducive, though, and their fans will be fired up after a three-year absence from the top flight.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Bournemouth odds, we reckon 31/10 for a home win and both teams to score has value appeal.
Last Villa line-up: Heaton, Taylor, Engels, Elmohamady, Mings, McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Wesley.
Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia is out with an ankle injury, while Kortney Hause is also missing with a similar problem. James Chester remains absent after picking up a hamstring injury during pre-season.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth looked set to repeat last year’s bright start when Chris Mepham’s first goal for the club put them in front against Sheffield United on 62 minutes.
However, Billy Sharp scrambled in an 88th-minute equaliser following a free-kick to earn the Blades a deserved share of the spoils.
Eddie Howe said: “Really frustrated because we didn’t play at our best, I think we are well aware of that, but we had the lead.
“We’d fought really hard to get that lead and we just didn’t get over the line – small details have cost us.
“It’s not the ideal start, we’d hoped to perform better and to win. But you have to take what you are given and take your lessons and learn from it quickly.”
No team conceded more goals on the road last term than the Cherries, though, so let’s add 17/2 for a 2-1 home win to our Aston Villa vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Ramsdale, Cook, Ake, Smith, Rico, Mepham, Lerma, Fraser, Billing, King, Wilson.
Bournemouth forward Arnaut Danjuma (foot) is out. Midfielders Andrew Surman and Harry Wilson are available but defender Lloyd Kelly (ankle) is not yet match-fit.
Lewis Cook is continuing the final stages of his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury and Dan Gosling (hip) and David Brooks (ankle) are also still recovering, along with Simon Francis and Junior Stanislas (both knee).
Tottenham 3-1 ASTON VILLA – John McGinn
BOURNEMOUTH 1-1 Sheff Utd – Chris Mepham
Head-to-head: Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa
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