Aston Villa vs Bournemouth: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:19 AM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 9:19 AM UTC

Goals could be on the menu in this game...
<div><h2>Aston Villa v Bournemouth</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, August 17, at Villa Park</strong></a></p><p>Bournemouth’s leaky defence was their undoing once again on Saturday as they threw away victory over newly promoted Sheff Utd. Three points looked to be in the bag, but the Cherries failed to clear their lines from a set piece and Billy Sharp pounced to score a late equaliser. Now they head to Villa Park to take on another newly promoted side, and Eddie Howe will demand greater focus from his defence. Aston Villa gave a good account of themselves in their first game back in the top flight. They led Tottenham for more than an hour in north London, but they eventually found themselves overwhelmed and conceded three late goals. Yet Dean Smith will be encouraged by their performance.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Aston Villa spent more than £130 million on 12 new players this summer, outspending every Premier League club apart from Arsenal and Man Utd. They are bidding to buy their way to safety, even though such a strategy failed spectacularly for Fulham last season. Smith started just five of the new men against Spurs, as the likes of Neil Taylor, Ahmed Elmohamady, Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish and John McGinn kept their places. However, Douglas Luiz, Matt Targett, Jota and Ezri Konsa will be among the newcomers pushing to start in this match.</p><p><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></p><p>New arrival Philip Billing has slotted straight into the midfield alongside Jefferson Lerma for Bournemouth. Otherwise it is pretty much the same team that finished 14<sup>th</sup> last season, scoring 56 and conceding 70 in the process. The main men are Nathan Aké, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, while Joshua King is also lively in attack, but they just love committing men forwards, they leave gaps at the back and they frequently concede. Aaron Ramsdale has made the number one spot his own after seeing off competition from Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic, and he could be in for a busy afternoon on Saturday.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>The bookies were impressed by Villa’s performance against Spurs and Smith’s men have been installed as the 2.30 (13/10) favourites to win this game with Bet365. Bournemouth are out at 2/1 (3.00) and the draw is priced at 12/5 (3.40). It looks like a tough one to call on the outrights. Villa have home advantage, but Smith has a load of new players to bed in and that takes time. Bournemouth are not great on the road, but they have plenty of Premier League experience. Overall they look pretty evenly matched, but the first round of fixtures suggests we should be in for an open, entertaining game.</p><p><strong>Top tips: <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Both teams to score at 1.65 (13/20) with Betfair</a>; <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">draw at half-time at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365</a></strong></p></div>
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