Kick-off: 1500, 11/08/2018
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth lost their first four Premier League fixtures last season, so Eddie Howe will be eager to make the most of starting out with a home game against Cardiff this term.
The newly-promoted Bluebirds are favourites to go straight back down again after upsetting the odds when finishing second in the Championship.
City look ill-equipped for this step up in class, so Evens for the Cherries to claim victory is rated a rock-solid Bournemouth vs Cardiff prediction.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth recovered from that slow start to end up in 12th place, closing with back-to-back wins over Swansea and Burnley.
Howe will have been pleased with the way Josh King came back from some niggling injury problems to score in six of his last 13 appearances.
New contracts for captain Simon Francis and striker Callum Wilson epitomise the feeling that continuity is seen as the key to more success.
However, Bournemouth have completed the £10.7million signing of Spanish left-back Diego Rico from Leganes and had a club record £25million bid for Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma accepted by Levante.
The Cherries beat top-flight newcomers Huddersfield and Brighton at home last term, as well as drawing with Newcastle, and picking off fresh faces will again be a target.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff just held off the late challenge of Fulham to finish a distant second behind Wolves in the Championship, despite starting the season at a big price to secure automatic promotion.
Wily old manager Neil Warnock constantly played down the quality of his squad, but hailed the team spirit shown in South Wales.
He hasn’t been overly-ambitious in the transfer market, but bringing in more strong characters may ultimately prove a shrewd move.
Bristol City striker Bobby Reid, Norwich winger Josh Murphy, QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies and Preston full-back Greg Cunningham will be hungry to prove their worth.
However, it may take some time before the Bluebirds come to terms with a rise in class.
We’re adding 13/2 for a 1-0 home win to our Bournemouth vs Cardiff betting tips.
Burnley 1-2 BOURNEMOUTH – Josh King, Callum Wilson
CARDIFF 0-0 Reading
Head-to-head: Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 5-3 Cardiff, Cardiff 0-3 Bournemouth
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