Bournemouth v Stoke City betting tips – Cherries will return to winning ways
Bournemouth are performing better than many expected in their first Premier League campaign
February 12th, 2016
There is no doubt that Bournemouth have made a far better job of their first Premier League campaign than many pundits expected, at least so far. There may be a lot of the season left to play but it is looking increasingly likely that this season won’t be the only one in which the Cherries will experience top-flight football, although manager Eddie Howe won’t be resting on his laurels, given that just five points separate the South Coast side from the bottom three.
Indeed, the Cherries’ four-game unbeaten run ended at the weekend when they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Premier League title-favourites Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, although it must be said that the hosts were in no way disgraced in that match, putting in a decent performance for the whole ninety minutes. Their confidence will still be intact, especially since in their previous seven outings they had lost on just one occasion.
They can make a quick return back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon when they play host to Stoke City, the visitors going into this match having struggled with some dismal form. The Potters were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by an unconvincing Liverpool side last month and followed this up by losing to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and suffering back-to-back 3-0 defeats to both Manchester United and Everton.
With seven goals conceded with none in reply from their last three outings, we don’t envisage the visitors providing Bournemouth with too many problems on the South Coast this weekend. Indeed, Stoke have scored just once in their last six outings across all competitions and we expect a relatively easy three points for the hosts, William Hill going 23/20 for a Cherries victory.
With Stoke clearly having a few problems up front, perhaps the best betting option in this game is backing a Bournemouth win-to-nil at 12/5 with BetVictor. Bournemouth may have failed to find the net against Arsenal last weekend but they scored in all of their previous six outings and should continue in a similar vein on Saturday afternoon.