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England Premier League | Villa Park | 17th August
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Aston Villa
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
KO 15:00
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AFC Bournemouth
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W

Aston Villa vs Bournemouth predictions for Saturday’s Premier League contest at Villa Park. Premier League new boys Aston Villa open their home campaign with a game against a battle-hardened Bournemouth outfit. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Aston Villa & Both Teams To Score @ 10/3

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Aston Villa 2-1 @ 9/1

Reason For Aston Villa vs AFC Bournemouth Predictions

Even though Aston Villa’s defeat in their first Premier League match since 2016 last weekend would have been greeted with a certain amount of disappointment, the club’s supporters and the players themselves will know that losing away at Tottenham Hotspur was never likely to be a season-defining or trend-setting result.

Last Saturday, Villa actually took the lead in North London before being washed away late on by the wave after wave of relentless Tottenham attacks.

Spurs racked up a whopping 31 attempts on the Villa goal in total however – which was highest number of shots registered by any Premier League team on the opening weekend of the 2019/20.

While the result itself is unlikely to send Dean Smith into a panic, the number of chances his team conceded is certainly a valid cause for concern.

Villa played with an adventurous swagger in the Championship last season, though the play-off winners kept a clean sheet in only 26% of their league fixtures in 2018/19.

Unfortunately for Dean Smith, it looks as though his team have brought some of those bad defensive habits with them to the Premier League.

Expecting Villa to keep a clean sheet in any game this season already feels like a waste of time, and Bournemouth will certainly expect to score this weekend.

Keeping things tight at the other end is also not one of the Cherries strengths however, and last weekend Eddie Howe’s porous backline picked up where they left off last season, when they failed to keep Sheffield United out at the Vitality Stadium after a 1-1 draw.

The result meant that Bournemouth have kept just 3 clean sheets in their last 15 top flight fixtures, while their away record looks even worse, with only 2 blanks secured in 14 attempts on the road.

When you consider the factors at play, backing both teams to score when Aston Villa entertain Bournemouth is a smart move, though we also recommend coupling that selection with a home win.

Unsurprisingly, the Cherries poor defensive numbers away from home have contributed to some equally poor results. In total, Bournemouth were beaten in 11 of their last 14 Premier League away contests, and we expect that dismal record to deteriorate even further this weekend.

In their first home match of the new campaign this weekend, Aston Villa will feel like they are starting their season afresh after having written off their reverse at Spurs, and driven on by what promises to be a carnival atmosphere at Villa Park, we’re backing the Villains to turn adrenaline into points on Saturday.

Villa proved a tough nut to crack at home in 2018/19, losing only 4 of their 23 Championship matches at home last season. The Villains closed out the campaign with 6 wins out of 7 in front of their own fans, and Dean Smith will be banking on that strength at home continuing this season.

Against an injury-stricken Bournemouth, who could be without up to 7 first teamers for Saturday’s game, we’re tipping Dean Smith’s men to put their first Premier League points on the board with a 2-1 win in our correct score prediction.

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Published: August 14, 2019

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