Bournemouth vs Burnley – Premier League: Two teams going through a good moment of form…
Are trying to get to the end of 2017 with the most number of points possible to ensure the main objective for these two clubs which is avoiding relegation.
Bournemouth started the season with 4 losses on their first 4 matches and a possible departure of Eddie Howe was even being considered, but the excellent recovery makes them arrive here with 14 points conquered after 13 matches and with only 2 losses after those 4 initial ones.
This is a team that likes to have the ball but struggles with decision-making on the final third, leaving them only with 11 goals scored and 14 goals conceded so far.
They have an extremely positive defensive record. Facing Burnley won’t be an easy task because they are a very solid team who play very direct football, which might hurt them when they try to move up the lines.
The main difficulty for them this season has been on the matches against the teams from the top of the table, but these 3 matches against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton will make them look at them with a need to win, considering they will then face Manchester United and Liverpool.
This is a time where they start to show some fatigue due to the packed schedule and until Christmas, they will still play 6 matches.
Adam Smith, Stanislas and Jermaine Defoe are unavailable and they make life hard for Eddie Howe, a manager that will face his former team here.
Quote from: Eddie Howe, Bournemouth’s manager
“I’m not surprised with what Burnley achieved. They continue to improve and when I saw them this season, I was really impressed with the style of football they are playing. You always know what they are going to do but it is hard to stop them.
The confidence they had on the good results against Chelsea and Tottenham at the beginning of the season meant they got off to a good start and are now sitting at the top half of the league table.”
Burnley is once again pleasing their fans and comes into this match in 7th place with 22 points conquered.
The loss on the last round against Arsenal, already past the 90 minutes, was disappointing by the way it happened, and even more because they could be tied with Liverpool in 6th place at the moment.
However, their campaign so far is still impressive, only having lost 3 times on the 13 matches they played.
Like Eddie Howe stated, this is a team that is very predictable but very hard to stop. They play direct football and have a very good defensive organization, which leaves them with only 10 goals conceded so far, only having more goals conceded than Manchester United and Manchester City.
They present a very experienced team in all sectors of the field and with several solutions to help them on this busy week. Tom Heaton is still out and Matt Lowton is doubtful, but Jon Walters is back from injury.
Quote from: Sean Dyche, Burnley’s manager
“They are a very good team. I respect Eddie Howe and the work he has done with the players a lot. They seem pretty united as a team, even in times of trouble.
They are getting stronger & stronger, they have made good signings and he keeps progressing. He has made a wonderful job and it seems like he will continue to do so.”
11 points conquered away from home is something impressive and it is a task that only 4 other teams were able to top. The only loss they had away from home was against Manchester City, at the Etihad Stadium, where they lost 3-0.
1-0 wins over Southampton and Everton and 1-1 draws against Tottenham and Liverpool close their record as visitors.
Even the draws are remarkable on this time that comes into this match very confident because 4 of those 6 away matches were against teams that are above them on the league table.
The loss against Arsenal hides the Gunners’ enormous difficulty to get the 3 points and this good final stretch of 2017 can show us Burnley reaching the top 4, with matches against Leicester, Watford, Stoke City and Brighton.
Last season they were one of the worst away teams in the league, but they also were one of the best playing at home. Sean Dyche seems to have obtained some improvements with their away performances while maintaining their good consistency at home.
Facing a Bournemouth that likes to have possession is a match that suits this Burnley’s style, that I believe has chances to win this match.
Bournemouth vs Burnley – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Two teams on a very good moment of form but with a clear highlight for the visitors. While Bournemouth presents enormous difficulties playing against teams who are above them on the league table, this Burnley shows an impressive consistency and positive results against every opponent.
Bournemouth’s style might compromise the defensive line and the absences of players like Stanislas might be fundamental on the defensive aspect, because they will lack his physical power in this match.
Only 33% of Burnley’s matches finished with Over 2.5 Goals and considering the Cherries’ difficulty to score, I think this match has everything to go Under 2.5 Goals, following that trend.