England Premier League
Tuesday 4th December 2018
Kick off at 7.45pm GMT
Venue: Vitality Stadium
After such a brilliant start to their Premier League campaign one has to wonder if the wheels are coming off at Bournemouth. They come into this midweek game on the back of 4 defeats in a row and have slipped to 9th place.
Apart from having to play Newcastle, Eddie Howe’s team have had some difficult fixtures, which have included both Manchester teams and Arsenal, so perhaps they can be forgiven for their dip in form. However playing Huddersfield is not a guaranteed three points any more as they themselves have found better form in recent weeks.
Though The Cherries ended up losing to 3-1 to Manchester City they played well enough for Pep Guardiola to comment that they are “so strong”. Howe has called this game massive as he will know that his side need to turn their fortunes around.
At home they have won just 1 point from a possible 9 recently and have not secured a victory since beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at the beginning of October.
Huddersfield lost last weekend to Brighton which ended an impressive run of 3 games unbeaten. They were beaten 2-1 by Chris Hughton’s team and always looked second best. Still they are 17th and if they finish the season in that position it will be some kind of victory.
The problem for the away side is that if you don’t score goals you are getting relegated from the Premier League and they have just 9 all season which is by far the worst record in the league.
David Wagner’s side have won just 1 game away all season, the good news is that it was their last game on the road coming against Wolves in a 2-0 victory.
Bournemouth: Dan Gosling could be out with a knee problem and will have a scan and be assessed for this game.
Huddersfield: Lowe looks set to still be out with his shoulder injury and the aim is to have the player back by the weekend. Stevie Mounie is suspended for this game as he starts a 3 game ban after his red card against Brighton
Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Head to Head:
The last time the teams met here in 2017 Bournemouth won 4-0.
3 from the last 4 meetings have seen the winning team score 4 goals-twice for Bournemouth and once for Huddersfield.
Huddersfield have not won at Bournemouth since 2007.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals based on the last decade of meetings.
Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Prediction:
Bournemouth are in the same position that Wolves were in late last month. Both teams have got off to great starts, both have had poor form throughout November and both expected to beat Huddersfield and bounce back. Well Wolves blew that chance and lost- so will Bournemouth follow suit? The answer from us is no.
This is based on Bournemouth’s last game, their toughest on paper of the season. They were holding the champions of England, Manchester City 1-1 at half time and could have had a penalty to go 2-1 up in the second half. They were away from home. So whilst it is true that Eddie Howe’s team are going through a bad patch they are not playing poor, and that is the main difference. Get on the home win and also Callum Wilson to score anytime - he scored a hat trick last time Huddersfield came here.
Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Betting Tips:
Bournemouth to beat Huddersfield at 1.72
Anytime goalscorer: Callum Wilson at 2.38