Many have anticipated the Bournemouth bandwagon shedding its wheels before crossing the finishing line in the Championship promotion race and with just one win in six prior to their trip to Fulham this premonition appeared accurate.
Three points at home to Wolves last time out, however, enabled the Cherries to move within two points of Derby in second and another spearing of the spoils at Fulham this evening will see them climb above the play-off zone.
A price of 19/20 says Eddie Howe’s men will prevail at Craven Cottage, with the hosts on offer at 13/5 next to a 5/2-rated draw.
The Cottagers’ inconsistencies on the homestead makes a wager on the travelling party well worth their near-even money value, but backing them to do so in a game containing over 2.5 goals at 2/1 is the best way to land a profit.
It’s a bet that returns £60 profit if prospective punters invest their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the eventuality.
Here’s why doing so would be a shrewd move:
Matches involving both parties have comfortably averaged above the goal line in question.
With 3.06 strikes recorded in a typical game involving Bournemouth, it’s only Watford who have provided spectators with more net rustles per match in the division.
Tied with the south coast club is Nottingham Forest, then comes Fulham in fourth with a mean of exactly three goals scored every time they take the field.
Of the pair’s last 14 at home and away respectively, they have played out nine matches with over 2.5 goals registered.
These figures encompass each of the Cherries’ last four on the road across all competitions, while four of the last six Craven Cottage collisions for Fulham have also surpassed the mark.
In a table based on road results against those in the bottom half Bournemouth would be top.
Howe’s troops are adept points plunderers against those stationed in the lower reaches.
With seven wins from eight sojourns and a staggering +23 goal difference (which is formed largely down to their watertight rearguard shipping just four), the Cottagers have ample cause for fear ahead of tonight’s game.