Arsenal vs Bournemouth Prediction – England Premier League
While they won’t be “invincible” this season, arsenal are still on course to achieve something they have not achieved since legendary ex-coach Arsene Wenger’s famous side in the 2003/04 season: winning the Premier League (PL) title! The shooting Gunners were five points from the summit after beating Everton 4-0 midweek and marking the 12th time they have scored more than 4 goals against the Toffees in the PL – a record for a team against another in the competition!
Worryingly for Bournemouth, the comparisons with Wenger-led Arsenal sides don’t end with the north Londoners arriving with eight straight PL wins over newly promoted sides. Only under Wenger (2002-2003) did Arsenal manage a longer such record (nine) and considering they have beaten Bournemouth in all five of PL’s H2H home games by a aggregate score of 14-2, another rampant performance by the Gunners here do not exist in surprise.
That record could be worse as the Cherries have never kept clean sheets against Arsenal in the PL (S1, D2, L8) and have the worst defensive record in the competition this season (GA: 48). That’s partly because they suffered a 4-1 defeat in their last game against title chasers Manchester City, leaving them a point behind safety going into the round.
If the Cherries are to survive in the top flight they may need to improve on their away results in the league (S2, D2, L8), with only bottom Southampton losing more games away. However, they ended an eight-game PL (U2, N6) away run without a win with a 1-0 win over Wolves in their last away game, which could spur them to their first league win against a ‘Big Six’ side since 2019!
Key fight: In Arsenal’s recent win over Everton, Bukayo Saka scored one goal and one assist, and also became the sixth youngest PL player to make 50 goals in the competition. He meets Bournemouth defender Marcos Senesi, who is looking for consecutive PL away games for the first time this season and has recorded a goal and a yellow card in his last three games.
Hot stat: No team has scored more PL home goals in the last 15 minutes of regular time than Arsenal before the round (six).
Forecast: Arsenal (3) v (1) Bournemouth
Expert Tips: Home win/home win 1.5
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