English Premier League Match Prediction: Bournemouth vs Arsenal
December 26, 2019,
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
New manager Mikel Arteta will take charge of his first Arsenal game when they travel to face Bournemouth in their EPL game on Thursday. He watched from the stands as Arsenal were held to a goalless draw against Everton in their last English Premier League game.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth followed up their 1-0 win over Chelsea with a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Saturday.
Arsenal are currently sitting in the bottom half of the EPL points table while Bournemouth are 14th, 4 points and 3 places below them.
Bournemouth’s performance in EPL 2019:
Callum Wilson was only fit enough for the bench on Saturday but should return to the starting XI on Boxing Day.
Joshua King will either move out to the wing, dropping Ryan Fraser to the bench, or play behind Wilson, which would relegate Dan Gosling to the bench.
Diego Rico is suspended for one-match due to an accumulation of bookings and will need replacing at left-back against Arsenal.
Charlie Daniels and Nathan Ake have previously stepped in at left-back this season but both are out injured leaving Eddie Howe short of options on Boxing Day.
With Adam Smith also sidelined, Jack Simpson may have to adapt at left-back as he did on one occasion last season.
Harry Wilson has returned to parent club Liverpool for treatment on a dead leg and looks set to miss out again for the Cherries.
Arsenal’s performance in EPL 2019:
Sokratis returns from suspension for Arsenal but now the Gunners have lost Calum Chambers to a one-match ban.
With Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac both still injured, winger Bukayo Saka may have to continue at left-back for the Gunners.
Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin are doubtful for the game while Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding are still out.
Alexandre Lacazette was pushed to the fringes under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg and will hope for better fortunes under Mikel Arteta.
Arteta took over as permanent Arsenal manager on Sunday and it remains to be seen how the away side will line up in his first game in charge.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal Predicted Line-up:
Aaron Ramsdale; Jack Stacey, Simon Francis, Chris Mepham, Jack Simpson; Ryan Fraser, Philip Billing, Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook; Joshua King; Callum Wilson.
Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz, Bukayo Saka; Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal: Today's Match Prediction
- Bournemouth have lost 6 of their last 7 matches in PL.
- Arsenal have failed to win 9 of their last 10 English Premier League matches.
- Bournemouth have won just 1 of their last 10 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions.
- Arsenal have never failed to score against the Cherries and are unlikely to do so on Thursday either.
- Bournemouth are winless in their 4 EPL fixtures on Boxing Day.
- Of the current sides in the PL, only Man Utd have a higher winning percentage – 80- than Arsenal on Boxing Day- 62 percent.
- The game against Everton was Arsenal’s first goalless draw in 77 EPL games, since December 2017.