Two sides who have their sights firmly set on securing back-to-back victories this weekend, Bournemouth will welcome Burnley to the Vitality on Saturday afternoon.
While a woeful five-match Premier League losing run earlier in the month may have had many on the South Coast fearing their side could be dragged into a relegation scrap, the Cherries bounced back in some style last week to secure what was a crucial 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
However, on the flip side, Saturday’s hosts are not the only side who brought to an end their own losing run last weekend thanks to an identical 1-0 victory.
Despite suffering a trio of consecutive defeats against Crystal Palace, Manchester City, and Tottenham when opening December, Burnley picked up a hard-fought win over Newcastle last weekend and they should also be boosted by their most recent meetings against the Cherries.
When the two sides met during the 2018/2019 campaign, Burnley clinched back-to-back victories and have also won each of their previous two trips to the South Coast. You might be interested to know that the Clarets can be found at 21/10 with William Hill to clinch a similar victory this weekend.
Bournemouth searching for a clinical edge
After being hit with five defeats on the bounce until their shock 1-0 win over top-four contenders Chelsea last weekend, there is no doubt that Bournemouth are desperate to build off of that result.
While the pressure might still be on Head Coach Eddie Howe, the one-time Burnley boss has been incredibly vocal over his side’s need to improve their performances on home soil.
Although they may have widened their buffer over the drop zone to four points, Saturday’s hosts have been hit with back-to-back defeats at the Vitality and Bournemouth are on a remarkable run of form that has seen them win just a trio of their last 14 Premier League matches on the South Coast.
With Howe still dealing with what has quickly become an injury crisis, the Cherries could only muster two shots on target in West London and have a growing reputation for their struggles in the final third.
Recording just a single strike in almost 300 minutes of action and still unable to call upon attacking talisman Callum Wilson, you might be interested to know that Bournemouth can be found at 11/4 with Paddy Power to draw a blank this weekend.
Chris Wood to steal the show?
After making their own much-needed return to winning ways thanks to a 1-0 win over Newcastle at Turf Moor last weekend, Sean Dyche’s side find themselves in almost an identical position to Saturday’s hosts.
While another victory at the Vitality could see them break into the top half, Burnley have continued to show some glaring inconsistencies outside of Lancashire.
Aside from a 3-0 win against rock-bottom Watford last month, that is just their only Premier League victory on their travels this season.
If Burnley are to extend their eye-catching record at the Vitality this weekend, Dyche will undoubtedly be calling on leading marksman Chris Wood to lead their charge on the South Coast.
Ending his three-match barren run to snatch the winner against Newcastle last time out and now bagging seven goals in his last 10 Premier League matchups, the New Zealand international also found the net in Burnley’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth last season.
You might be interested to know that the one-time Leicester striker can be found priced at 7/4 with Ladbrokes to once again find the net on the road this weekend.