Preview - AFC Bournemouth vs Leicester City 15 September 18

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Match Day 5
AFC Bournemouth vs Leicester City
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth:   
Last five matches form: W W W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.18
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.61
Top Scorer 17/18: Caluum Wilson and Joshua King ( 8 )
Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.58
Top Scorer 17/18: Jamie Vardy (20)

Bournemouth return to action in the Premier League this weekend in what many of their fans will view as a winnable home game, as Leicester City come calling to the Vitality Stadium.

Eddie Howe's Cherries have started the season relatively well, beating Cardiff and West Ham, and only coming unstuck for the first time when beaten at Chelsea. There's no shame in that though and this looks an easier assignment, at least on paper.

We hadn't been particularly impressed with Leicester in their wins over Wolves and Southampton, but the performance they put in against Liverpool last time out was much more like it, for all that they lost in the end.

Bournemouth head into the game with a relatively healthy squad, although there are slight doubts surrounding the participation of Charlie Daniels, Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fraser.

Matty James misses out for Leicester, but the visitors will be buoyed by the return of Jamie Vardy, with the front man having now completed his suspension.

This has been an incredibly tight fixture in recent years, with five of the past six fixtures between the sides in the Premier League ending up all square, with neither side managing to score more than once in any of those games.

As has become the norm in the games between the sides, this looks like being tough to call. A score draw seems to be one of the most likely outcomes.

Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 1 - 1 Leicester City


Half time: 3 - 0
Full time: 4 - 2
Shots:  8 - 14
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 4 - 6
Possession: 44% - 56%

A busy afternoon for referee Craig Pawson who in addition to booking Jefferson Lerma, Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling of Bournemouth and Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester, also sent of Wes Morgan of the visitors for two bookable offences and awarded two penalty kicks.

From looking at the stats it would be hard to predict the final score line here, but Bournemouth were simply much more efficient in front of goal and had this one all sewn up by the break.

Ryan Fraser opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Picking up the ball just outside the area on the left-hand side before advancing into the box, cutting inside Wes Morgan and finishing well into the bottom right.

Fraser was at it again in the 37th minute. Played clean through by Callum Wilson, he took a touch before slotting through the legs of the advancing Kasper Schmeichel.

The third came from the spot in the 41st minute. Joshua King stepping up to do the honours. 3-0 at half time.

Wes Morgan's dismissal in the 69th minute ended any lingering hopes Leicester had of a comeback and in the 80th minute Bournemouth rubbed salt into the wound. Ryan Fraser turning provider when cutting the ball back to Adam Smith from the left-hand side. Smith volleying into the bottom left from just inside the area.

Leicester did rally late, but it was all over by the time James Maddison converted an 88th minute penalty and Marcus Albrighton got on the end of a Kelechi Iheanacho cross from deep on the right to glance a header into the bottom left corner a minute later. 4-2 final score.

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