Bournemouth vs Southampton
KICK OFF: Saturday 20th Oct 2018 | 16:00 CET
PREMIER LEAGUE Matchday 9 | Vitality Stadium
Cherries now the undisputed kings of the south coast – Saturday will prove why with an easy derby win
Bournemouth have started brilliantly this season and will be hell-bent on securing a derby day victory over their south coast neighbours on Saturday afternoon.
This match has ‘home win’ written all over it. In the past, Southampton were boring but effective and now – well they’re just boring. The Saints’ soft underbelly means they are toothless and away from home have been somewhat of a rollover of late whenever they play someone with some genuine attacking intent.
Hosts Bournemouth have that intent, and Eddie Howe’s side can be rampant at their best. Catching a team at their best is the problem but when it’s derby day you tend to find that motivation is not an issue and so we expect the Cherries to up for this, and that spells bad news for the lacklustre visitors. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Bournemouth won this by two or three clear goals however given the average goals per game connected with these teams, the safer play is to back over 2.5 goals, and that’s what I’ll be doing.
The law of averages is a wonderful thing, and a poor Southampton side won’t go much longer without losing to Bournemouth. The home side are favourites, and it’s easy to see why.
- Bournemouth’s last five home games have averaged three goals per game, Southampton’s away matches 2.2 goals
- Bournemouth have lost just once in seven games at home in the league
- Southampton have not lost any of their last four against Bournemouth
Result Prediction: Bournemouth to win
Score Prediction: Over 2.5 goals