Bournemouth v Cardiff Predictions & Betting Odds – 11th August 2018

Cherries to pick off Cardiff on the south coast

Bournemouth

Bournemouth v Cardiff Betting Tips – Premier League, 11th August 3.00pm

Bournemouth will be looking to land a positive haul of points in this opener as they aim to inflict a defeat upon Cardiff. They will be favourites in taking on a newly promoted side and the Cherries did handle themselves well at home last term against sides outside of the top seven. Will Cardiff’s direct tactics be enough to unsettle the Cherries to get themselves to get something out of the game?

Bournemouth News and Form

Last season Bournemouth produced a W7 D5 L7 record at home in the top flight which wasn’t a solid as they would have hoped, but not bad overall. Six of the seven home defeats they took was against teams who finished in the top seven at the end of the season. Aside from that then it was pretty decent stuff from the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium. We expect the Cherries to find enough goals again because they do play a positive, open game. Their defence did struggle though at times last season so we are looking at both teams to score at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).

Cardiff will throw a lot of long balls at them so that is what the Cherries are going to have to handle. Plus there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 17 of Bournemouth’s last 21 Premier League games as well, so a high return of goals makes reasonable sense. Bournemouth spent heavily in the transfer market to get David Brooks from Sheffield United and Diego Rico from Leganes. They also set a new club transfer record in getting Jefferson Lerma, a midfielder from Levante. Callum Wilson is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).

Cardiff News and Form

Cardiff were tough, solid and direct under Neil Warnock last season in the Championship, just about squeezing through by automatic qualification. They are not a side who knocks the ball around as they produced the lowest amount of completed passes in last season’s Championship. But what you are going to expect from Cardiff is a physical, direct presence. Under Warnock, they won’t be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in as well. While this isn’t the toughest away fixture that they could have gotten to open the season with, it is still a tricky one as Bournemouth do like to play on the deck.

The Bluebirds have made a lot of changes to their squad over the summer, notably bringing in Bobby Reid from Bristol City to try and get them the goals that they will need to survive. We are backing them in Bournemouth v Cardiff predictions to get on the board but appealing in the bet365 correct score market is a Bournemouth 2-1 win at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). While Cardiff will bring a solid presence to the game will the quality be there to help them get something out of it?

Bournemouth v Cardiff Head to Head

The two clubs will go into their first meeting since the 2014/15 Championship when Bournemouth collected a 5-3 home win and then a draw on the road against Cardiff. The overall head to head stands in favour of the Cherries at 17-13 with eleven drawn games. Cardiff have won just one of the last six meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions. Eight of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.

Bournemouth v Cardiff Betting Odds*

Bournemouth 10/11
Draw 12/5
Cardiff 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)

Bournemouth v Cardiff Predictions

Bournemouth to win: We aren’t sure how Bournemouth’s defence is going to be shaping up this season but overall the team have the quality to take down the Bluebirds in this one. But we are backing both teams to get on the scoresheet, but for the Cherries to come out on top.


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