Bournemouth are on the brink of securing their Premier League status, but a recent downturn in form is prolonging that peace of mind. They lost 2-1 at Southampton last weekend to make it three defeats on the bounce, and this keeps them in the mathematical running for the drop.
The Cherries currently lie 12th in the table, six points above the relegation zone but with five of the seven teams that could potentially leapfrog them having a game in hand. Admittedly it would take a lot for them to end up in the bottom three, but it’s still a possibility that they would like to rule out.
Their loss at Southampton last weekend was a very disappointing result to be honest, but their previous two failures are definitely forgivable ones. They were defeated by Liverpool and Manchester United, and prior to that had lost just three of their previous 14 Premier League matches.
Eddie Howe’s side may have proven tough to beat since the turn of the year, but the victories aren’t coming that easily to them. They have drawn seven of their last 17 in the league, and considering Swansea have drawn four of their last seven away games in the Premier League, we think backing a Draw here could prove a valuable move.
Bournemouth may still be in mathematical danger, but Swansea’s danger is very real indeed. They sit one spot above the relegation zone and now only have a one point cushion on Southampton below them. Add to that the fact that they are on a six match unbeaten streak after their defeat to Chelsea last weekend and things are starting to look a bit bleak for Carlos Carvalhal’s side.
Admittedly they are in a vastly improved situation when compared to the pre-Carvalhal era. They were rock bottom when he took over, and with home games against the two teams directly below them still to come this season, their fate is very much in their own hands.
Carvalhal’s main improvement has been an increase in attacking output from Swansea. They have only failed to score in three of their eight away games since he took over, although they have only kept one clean sheet as well. Bournemouth meanwhile, have scored in eight of their last nine home league games but haven’t kept a clean sheet there since November, so backing Both Teams to Score on Saturday looks the best value for money. We’re going for that alongside a 1-1 correct score predictions.
Bournemouth Predicted Lineup: Begovic, Ake, Cook, Francis, Fraser, Cook, Gosling, Daniels, King, Mousset, Wilson
Swansea Predicted Lineup: Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Roberts, Ki-Sung Yeung, King, Clucas, A Ayew, J Ayew