AFC Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview
Kick Off: 15:00 Hrs
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Sat 22nd Apr 2017
AFC Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough Match Prediction
Bournemouth welcome Middlesbrough to the Vitality Stadium on 22/04/17 as both teams look to bounce back from defeats to north London opposition last time out. Bournemouth were convincingly beaten 4-0 by Tottenham last weekend, becoming the latest side to lose at White Hart Lane. Middlesbrough’s relegation fears were deepened as they lost out 2-1 to Arsenal at home on Monday night.
Betting Tips and Predictions
Bournemouth will know that one more victory should be enough to ensure they stay in the Premier League and they will be targeting this as that specific game to win. Although Middlesbrough have been defensively strong, I’m expecting Bournemouth to pick up the win here.
Bournemouth were unable to live with Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend as the Cherries were dismantled by a confident Spurs side as they look to apply pressure to Chelsea. Mousa Dembele and Heung-Min Son both scored inside the opening twenty minutes as Tottenham raced into an early-two goal lead. Harry Kane showed excellent close control at the start of the second half before rolling the ball past Artur Boruc for his 20th Premier League goal of the campaign. Time remained for Vincent Janssen to make it 4-0 as Bournemouth made it four matches without a win in the Premier League. In fairness to Eddie Howe and his team, they have faced tough opposition in that time in Southampton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs and they remain seven points clear of the relegation zone with five games to play. One more victory should be enough to keep Howe’s side in the division for another season and they will feel more than content with their campaign if they are secure Premier League status for a third consecutive season. Prior to losing to Chelsea, Bournemouth had won back-to-back home games in the Premier League, beating West Ham and Swansea in successive weeks. Josh King has been the form man for Bournemouth in recent weeks as he now looks to add to a tally of ten goals in his last twelve appearances.
Middlesbrough fought valiantly against Arsenal last weekend but were left wanting after the quality at the Gunners’ disposal eventually told at the end of the game. Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal ahead with a stunning free-kick which left keeper Brad Guzan helpless as the ball arrowed into the net. However, that provoked a response from Middlesbrough in the second half as Stewart Downing’s excellent cross was converted by Alvaro Negredo. Parity lasted for just twenty minutes, though, as Aaron Ramsey cushioned the ball with his chest for Mesut Ozil, who squeezed the ball past Guzan at his near post. Middlesbrough adapted well to the back three on offer from Arsenal, but once again couldn’t haul themselves across the line once they dragged themselves back to 1-1. Steve Agnew is still waiting for his first win as Boro boss since taking over from Aitor Karanka, having two draws and three defeats to his name thus far, although they aren’t quite as cut adrift as is the perception suggests. For a team who have failed to win in their last fifteen Premier League matches, Boro can’t complain at being just six points from safety with a game in hand on the two teams directly above them in the table.
Bournemouth Team News
Adam Federici, Andrew Surman and Callum Wilson have all had their seasons cut short with campaign-ending knee injuries. Jack Wilshere limped off at Spurs with an ankle problem, while Dan Gosling (knee) is also unlikely to feature.
Middlesbrough Team News
Victor Valdes (rib) remains a doubt, meaning Brad Guzan is expected to continue in goal. Fabio came off against Arsenal so George Friend should play at left-back, while Calum Chambers, who was ineligible to face the Gunners, could return.