Preview - Bournemouth vs Cardiff City 11 August 18

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Match Day 1
Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

Last five matches form: L L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.18
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.61
Top Scorer 17/18: Callum Wilson and Josh King ( 8 )

Cardiff City:
Last five matches form: W W L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.50
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.85
Top Scorer 17/18: Callum Paterson (10)

Premier League new boys Cardiff City have been handed a trip to the South Coast to take on Eddie Howes Bournemouth side in their season opener.

Cardiff City's promotion to the Premier League was really built on solid team work and effort rather than any real star quality. They will likely need every bit of that togetherness if they are to enjoy a productive season, with most pundits tipping them for an immediate return to the Championship. That said they could have been handed tougher assignments for their first game, with Bournemouth winning only seven of 12 at home last season.

Nathan Ake and Junior Stanislas seem likely to miss out for the home side here, whilst new signing Jefferson Lerma may have to be content with a place on the bench. Diego Rico sits this one out through suspension.

Cardiff start the season at full strength, with no injury concerns reported. Recent signing Harry Arter being the only absentee as he is on loan from Bournemouth.

Cardiff were fairly solid on the road last term, losing only seven of 23 in the Championship. This does represent a step up in class, but we expect Neil Warnock to set his side up to be very tough to break down and they may just sneak a point.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1 - 1 Cardiff City


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  8 - 5
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 62% - 38%

Jut the one yellow card for each side at the Vitality. Referee Kevin Friend taking the names of Cardiff City's Lee Peltier and Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels.

If Cardiff City didn't know they were facing a large step up in class before this game, they certainly do now. Neil Warnock's men struggled throughout to gain a foothold in this game against a mid-ranking Premier League side.

The opener came in the 24th minute and it was a pretty well worked goal too. Callum Wilson racing in to the right-hand side of the area before pulling the ball back to the edge of the six-yard box for Ryan Fraser to slot home.

Wilson was handed a golden opportunity to double Bournemouth's lead in the 34th minute. Bruno Ecuele Manga tripping Wilson in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Neil Etheridge was up to the task though and palmed the ball to safety.

Warnock made changes in the attacking positions in an effort to alter the course of the game, but to no real avail as the Bluebirds struggled to create much in the way of clear cut chances.

As much as they were on top for almost the duration of this game, Bournemouth didn't finally seal the points until the 92nd minute. The goal came in similar fashion to the first. Simon Francis the man breaking into the right-hand side of the area this time and laying the ball off to Wilson lurking near the six-yard box. Smooth finish from Wilson to find the bottom left corner.

Solid start for Eddie Howe's Cherries outfit. Winning these kinds of games at home will be key in order to keep way from the relegation positions.


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