Kick-off: 1500, 01/02/2020
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Aston Villa will travel to Bournemouth in fine spirits following Tuesday’s EFL Cup triumph over Leicester and can continue on an upward curve.
Dean Smith’s side also won their last Premier League match when edging out Watford in thrilling fashion, so they have built up plenty of momentum.
This may be a relegation battle, but we’re expecting an entertaining encounter and 17/4 for an away win combined with over 2.5 goals in the game is our first Bournemouth vs Aston Villa prediction.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth boosted their survival hopes when beating Brighton 3-1 here recently, with Callum Wilson ending a long scoring drought in league games.
However, the Cherries had lost 10 of their previous 12 top-flight fixtures and again looked short of confidence and self-belief in Monday’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat versus Arsenal.
Eddie Howe is in no mood to sugar-coat the situation and refused to shy away from the enormity of this contest.
“We know how big this game is, I don’t think we need to build it up internally,” said the head coach.
“We’ve got to back ourselves to perform better than we did against Arsenal.
“We did it against Brighton and we’ll need another performance.”
One worrying stat for Bournemouth, though, is they have scored only one second-half goal in seven matches against fellow bottom-five clubs.
Looking at the Bournemouth vs Aston Villa odds, we like 5/2 for the visitors to outscore their hosts after the interval.
Last Bournemouth EPL line-up: Ramsdale, Francis, Ake, Smith, Rico, Lerma, H Wilson, Fraser, Billing, Solanke, C Wilson.
Howe hopes to have both Jefferson Lerma (groin) and Diego Rico (unspecified) back, but Josh King, Chris Mepham, Arnaut Groeneveld, Jack Stacey, Junior Stanislas, Philip Billing, Lloyd Kelly, David Brooks and Charlie Daniels all remain sidelined.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa have got into a nice habit of finishing matches strongly, with Trezeguet’s stoppage-time volley against Leicester sending them to Wembley.
Kelechi Iheanacho had cancelled out Matt Targett’s early opener, but Smith’s side showed great spirit to prevail 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.
In the Premier League, the midlands outfit had previously come from behind to draw 1-1 at Brighton and snatched another last-gasp triumph when beating Watford 2-1.
“We’re getting into a bit of a habit for scoring late goals,” said Targett. “It’s a good habit to have. It means we’re finishing the game strong.
“It’s probably to do with our fitness levels, I would say. We’re a fit team, we do lots of work on the training ground. To finish games strongly is always important.
“Towards the start of the season, we were giving away a lot of leads late on, so it’s nice to turn that around.
“We go into every game trying to win. It’s not in the manager’s nature to settle for a draw. He always wants to win.”
Douglas Luiz could be a player to watch out for at Vitality Stadium, as the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder has scored all three of his goals against fellow strugglers.
The £15million summer signing is 7/2 to net at any time here and that completes our Bournemouth vs Aston Villa betting tips.
Last Villa EPL line-up: Reina, Konsa, Targett, Guilbert, Hause, Mings, Drinkwater, Grealish, Nakamba, Trezeguet, El Ghazi.
Villa remain without Wesley (knee), John McGinn (fractured ankle), Tom Heaton (knee) and Jed Steer (calf).
BOURNEMOUTH 1-2 Arsenal – Sam Surridge
ASTON VILLA 2-1 Leicester – Matt Targett, Trezeguet
Head-to-head: Villa 1-2 Bournemouth
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