Swansea vs Bournemouth Betting Tips
A dark cloud of uncertainty lurks over the Liberty Stadium as the Swans await a visit from Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve. Swansea hierarchy decided to part ways with manager Bob Bradley following the team’s 4-1 thrashing at home against West Ham on Boxing Day. The American managed to win only twice in his eleven-match managerial stint at Swansea and left the club second from the bottom and four points from safety. Swansea are yet to decide on Bradley’s successor, who will be the club’s third manager in a span of twelve months. Till then first team coach Alan Curtis will play an interim role alongside Bradley’s assistant manager Paul Williams.
Bournemouth’s Boxing Day trip to Stamford Bridge proved fruitless as the Cherries failed to cope with the hosts even though they lacked two of their most influential players-N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa. Their 3-0 defeat at West London was their third one in a row and it was the fifth time in their last six matches that they conceded a minimum of three goals. Eddie Howe would definitely be looking to stop the leak in the back ahead of his side’s trip to Swansea.
- Swansea City
Ki Sung-yueng is yet to be declared fit as he recovers from a toe injury. Jefferson Montero was stretchered off the pitch with a knock during the West Ham game and is still doubtful for Saturday. Fernando Llorente might replace Borja Baston in the starting lineup.
Doubts: Ki Sung-yueng(toe), Jefferson Montero(knock)
- AFC Bournemouth
Bournemouth don’t have any latest injury concerns. Junior Stanislas is expected to return in the first XI after being sidelined for weeks by an ankle injury.
Injury: Lewis Cook(ankle)
Bournemouth have a cushion of seven points to safeguard themselves from an imminent relegation threat but Swansea will sink deep into the mire if they suffer another defeat at home on Saturday. The pressure will obviously be on the hosts but, as we have already said, Bournemouth is struggling to keep their opponents from scoring; which could open a window of opportunity for the hosts. It’s hard to call but we reckon on seeing a scoring draw at Liberty Stadium.
- Swansea City(19th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
1-4(Home, West Ham)0-3(Away, Middlesbrough)1-3(Away, West Brom)3-0(Home, Sunderland)0-5(Away, Spurs)
- AFC Bournemouth(12th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
0-3(Away, Chelsea)1-3(Home, Southampton)1-0(Home, Leicester)2-3(Away, Burnley)4-3(Home, Liverpool)
HEAD TO HEAD
|Total Played||Bournemouth wins||Swansea wins||Draws|
12 March, 2016
Bournemouth 3-Swansea 2
- Swansea last 20 home games against teams above them-5 wins, 6 draws, 11 losses, 1.1 goals scored/match, 1.6 goals conceded/match
- Bournemouth last 20 away games against teams below them-11 wins, 3 draws, 6 losses, 1.9 goals scored/match, 1.1 goals conceded/match
- Swansea scored twice in both league games against Bournemouth last season, but won neither match (2-2 at home, 3-2 away).
- Bournemouth took the lead three times in their last meeting with Swansea in March, with Steve Cook’s goal 12 minutes from time enough to seal three points.
- The last six league games between these two sides has seen 27 goals scored (4.5 per game).
- Josh King scored in both Premier League games against the Swans in 2015/16.
- Fernando Llorente has scored all six of his Premier League goals for Swansea at the Liberty Stadium – three of them as a substitute.
- Indeed, no Swansea player has scored more substitute goals in a single Premier League season than Llorente has managed this campaign.
- Bournemouth have lost eight of their last 11 away Premier League matches (W1 D2), including each of their last three.
- During Bob Bradley’s reign as Swansea boss the Swans conceded at least three goals in eight of their 11 Premier League games, including three of their last four home games, conceding 29 goals in total.
- Bradley lasted just 84 days in charge of Swansea city before his dismissal on December 27th and picked up only eight points in 11 league games with the American as boss.
- Each of the Swans’ last nine Premier League goals have been scored in the second half.
- The Cherries have conceded exactly three goals in five of their last six Premier League games (15 in total) – only opponents Swansea have conceded more goals in their last six Premier League games (19).