|Both Team To Score||1/2||Bet365|
|Rob Holding Anytime Goalscorer||21/2||Mansion Bet|
|Bournemouth 1-3 Arsenal||12/1||888Sport|
Bournemouth’s free-spirited approach to life at the top table in English football has rightly earned them many admirers over the past three and half years.
Roared on by the locals in their poky but neatly formed Vitality Stadium, Eddie Howe’s men love to play their own brand of attacking football, no matter how illustrious their opponents are.
And it’s a ploy that has ruffled the big boys’ feathers from time to time.
In 2015-16 Manchester United were vanquished 2-1 on the south coast, a year later Liverpool were sunk in an absorbing 4-3 classic, and last January they took the scalp of this weekend’s opponents Arsenal, by two goals to one.
Playing positive front foot football, the Cherries know they have what it takes to beat the best, but here’s the twist...
It really doesn’t happen very often.
That’s right. Since they earned top-flight status in 2015, Bournemouth have entertained the Big Six on 19 occasions; winning three, drawing twice and losing 14 times.
Moving the ball quickly and brimming with pace they always carry a threat going forward, but at the back the Cherries have rarely been watertight.
At home to those six giants Bournemouth have conceded 48 goals at a rate of over 2.5 per 90 minutes.
So while setting up to be bold is fantastic to watch, it doesn’t tend to be the percentage play.
Sat in sixth place after a fabulous start to 2018-19, Howe won’t change tact for this one, which is why the 21/20 (BetHard) on the Gunners bringing home the bacon looks a decent offer.
Most bookmakers have them at Evens.
Arsenal’s away form has been dicey though.
Yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels, they’ve been leaking an average of 1.8 goals per match on the road.
This has asked a lot of their forward players, but in fairness they’ve responded well to the pressure, scoring at least twice in all five away fixtures!
No mean feat.
In a clash that’s surely going to be attack-minded, I can only see the pattern continuing.
So I’d be looking to take the 13/20 (888Sport) on Arsenal scoring Over 1.5 goals.
Arsenal’s away games have so far averaged a remarkable 4.6 goals, so I’d also be confident trying my luck at 13/10 with 888Sport on seeing Over 3.5 goals.
Watching 26-year-old Callum Wilson score and shine on his England debut against USA last week will have brought a tear to many football supporters’ eyes.
Coming back from two serious long-term knee injuries is a testament to the striker’s strength of character, and it’s quite simply marvelous to see him ripping it up at the very highest level.
This could be the season of his life.
Wilson has scored six Premier League goals (and made four assists) already, and is playing with the quality of a full international.
Quick, mobile and intelligent with his movement, the Cherries star is wonderful and running down the side of defenders, or nipping in front of them when balls are whipped into the danger zone.
Able to finish with instinctive excellence too, Wilson looks the real deal.
He loves to score goals against the Gunners as well. In three Premier League outings against them, he has found the net every time.
He is very much Bournemouth’s most likely scorer, and the 7/4 (Genting) on him to score anytime is an appealing price.
If you fancy Wilson to catch Emery’s slow-starting side cold, he is 21/4 with SportNation to nab the opener.
For those of you seeking a tad more value in the goalscorers’ market, it may be wise to consider defenders that come up for dead ball situations.
Both teams have scored five goals from set pieces (the second highest figure) thanks to some classy deliveries from the likes of Ryan Fraser and Granit Xhaka.
Post-international break, this looks a testing fixture for an Arsenal side that’s dropped valuable points with three successive draws.
However, I sense they’re better equipped this season to handle the Cherries’ onslaught.
Showing added resilience, and looking especially lethal on the break, they are well set-up from a tactical perspective to thrive in this type of game.
I do see goals, with Both Teams to Score (1/2 with Bet365) almost nailed on, but overall I lean towards an away success for the North Londoners.
My tip is a 3-1 away win for Arsenal, which is available at 12/1 with 888Sport