Bournemouth v Arsenal Betting Tips – 14th January 2018
If we’re honest, the third round of the FA Cup did not exactly hit the heights we hoped for.
With freezing, miserable weather outside, many football fans stayed on their sofa to watch the action but were given three 0-0s in a row on TV. At least those who stuck with the action were rewarded with Arsenal’s game against Nottingham Forest.
The FA Cup holders headed to the City Ground as the clear favourites with the bookies but were outplayed and outfought by Forest who progressed to the fourth round courtesy of a thrilling 4-2 win.
Inevitably, that defeat led to more calls for Arsene Wenger to step down and stories in the press about him stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
There were similar rumours about Wenger last year and many people believe that created an instability at the club which in turn was a major reason why they missed out on the top four.
The short-term fear for Arsenal fans is that they go through an extended poor run to the end of the season but have things already taken a turn for the worse ahead of Sunday’s game against Bournemouth?
Can Bournemouth Take Full Advantage?
One of the criticisms of Wenger is that he didn’t bring a strong enough team with him to Nottingham. He’ll argue that the toils of the Christmas period meant his best players were in no shape to play at the City Ground and Arsenal certainly haven’t been at their best lately.
It’s now just two wins in eight Premier League games for the Gunners. That run includes a defeat to Man Utd and dropped points against Southampton, West Ham and West Brom.
Bournemouth are the latest side ready to make the most of the struggling Gunners and Eddie Howe’s men should feel confident about their chances at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries have recovered from a tough run of fixtures to put together a three game unbeaten run in the league. They need points to avoid relegation but for now, Howe is concerned primarily with performances.
Many critics have argued that Bournemouth are naïve in their approach but Howe has equally won praise for his positive outlook. He’ll set out to beat Arsenal rather than just to defend and could well be rewarded so we recommend backing the Bournemouth/Draw option at 10/7 in Unibet’s double chance market.
Another Thriller on the Cards
When Arsenal last visited the Vitality Stadium they were involved in an absolute thriller in which they secured a point after going 3-0 down.
Bournemouth learnt a big lesson that night about holding onto a lead but the way they took the game to Arsenal will at least give them a platform to work from.
We think the home side will make another bright start and recommend backing them to score first at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
We also think that Sunday’s game will be another thoroughly entertaining one which makes a bet on over 3.5 goals worth a shot at 7/5 with 888Sport.
The final way to profit from an end to end match is by betting on both teams to score which is 8/13 with Betfair.
Cook Poses a Big Threat from Set Pieces
The return of Callum Wilson to full fitness is a big boost for Bournemouth. The Cherries have been short of goals this season and need all the attacking threats they can get.
To that end, Howe has worked hard on set pieces with his team and it’s starting to pay off.
Steve Cook has scored two important headed goals in the last month and the popular centre back will pose Arsenal problems from corners and free-kicks. So much so that a bet on Cook to score looks very good value at 12/1 with BetBright.