Preview - Aston Villa vs Bournemouth 17 August 19

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Match Day 2
Aston Villa vs. AFC Bournemouth
Saturday, August 17th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Villa Park

Aston Villa: 
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.78
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.33
Top Scorer (18/19): Jonathan Kodjia (9)

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: L D W L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.47
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.84
Top Scorer (18/19): Callum Wilson (14)


A big day for Aston Villa fans this coming weekend as the beleaguered Birmingham faithful celebrate their return to the Premier League with their first home game of the season. The opposition - and potential party-poopers - are Eddie Howe's Bournemouth outfit.


This will be the first meeting between the sides since the 2015/16 Premier League season. It was honours even that year - Bournemouth winning 2-1 here but Villa picking up a 1-0 success at the Vitality Stadium.

Aston Villa may have been overrun late on against Tottenham Hotspur, but they in fact looked like causing one of the shocks of the opening weekend for a long time that day. That said, they did concede an awful lot of efforts on goal and will need to rectify that going forward in this division.

Bournemouth didn't impress us greatly on the opening day in what really ought to have been a winnable home fixture against another of the promoted sides in Sheffield United. They did come away with a point, but were behind on the stats and will need to up their game significantly here.

Bournemouth are a good side on their day, but those days were few and far between in the second half of last season, and that opening day performance was worrying. They may just prove the ideal opposition for Villa and we see the home side sneaking it.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2 - 1 AFC Bournemouth

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  17 - 10
Shots on target: 11 - 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 5
Possession:  60% - 40%

Two bookings at Villa Park, both for the away side, with referee Martin Atkinson taking the names of Philip Billing and Nathan Ake.

Other than in the first twelve minutes, Villa performed well in this game, dominating possession and coming out comfortably clear on the shot count. Unfortunately, all the damage had already been done by the end of that twelfth minute, and try as they might, the Villans were never able to quite get back into it.

Bournemouth were ahead in just the second minute. A rush of blood to the head from Villa keeper Tom Heaton who rushed out to make an ill-advised - and foul - challenge on Callum Wilson in the left of the area. Penalty kick. Joshua King stepping up to finish into the bottom left.

The second arrived ten minutes later. Villa overcomplicating things when attempting to play out from the back and presenting the ball to Harry Wilson around 25 yards out. The new boy taking a touch forward and firing an effort on goal which took a wicked deflection off Tyrone Mings on its way into the bottom left. Keeper no chance.

Both sides had their moments in the remainder of the half but were largely being restricted to efforts from range. 0-2 at the break.

Villa were much the better side in the second half - Jack Grealish having an excellent chance to pull one back when heading over in the 63rd minute.

Villa did get one back in the 71st minute and it was a cracker. Douglas Luiz found in space around twenty-five yards from goal in a central area and curling a beauty into the top right corner.

That's as close as the home side would get though. 1-2 it finished.





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