English Premier League
Kick Off: Thursday, 28 February at 1.15 AM IST
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Free English Premier League Picks Arsenal vs. AFC Bournemouth
Arsenal host Bournemouth at the Emirates in this mid week clash in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 35 home Premier League points this season, only Manchester City has more (39). Bournemouth, on the others hand, have lost each of their last eight games away Premier League games, conceding at least two goals each time. After being held on for a draw (1-1) at the Vitality Stadium by Wolves and recent away losses against Cardiff (2-0) and Liverpool (3-0) – Bournemouth have slipped through 12th in the Premier League table. Arsenal’s win against Southampton (2-0) at the Emirates sees them remain in contention for playing in the Champions League next season.
Arsenal have been phenomenal this season at home; thanks to Alexandre Lacazette who has been involved in 29 goals in 37 appearances at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal in all competitions (23 G, 6 A). Unai Emery side have won four of their last five games, their only loss came against Manchester City in those matches. Arsenal have had injury concerns in the defensive department but that hasn’t concerned The Gunners in their ambitions of playing in the Champions League next season. Arsenal’s record away from home hasn’t been good this season and if they want stay in the top four they’ll have clash in at home. Arsenal face tougher opponents which could define their season; The Gunners face Manchester United and a Europa League fixture against Rennes. Aubameyang and Lacazette have held their spots due to their performances; and one player who hasn’t been involved in line up regularly is Mesut Ozil, but Emery could change his plans for the experienced German. Denis Suarez, the Barcelona Loanee is expected to make his first Start; Ozil and Aubameyang are also expected to start in the first line up.
Bournemouth had two staggering wins at the start of the year – wins against West Ham (2-0) and Chelsea (4-0), but since than Eddie Howe’s has only earned 1 points from three matches. Bournemouth have lost 11 in their last 17 matches and now they face the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette; who’re ruthless in front of the net. The Cherries face Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium this weekend and even a point here would make the manger happy. The loss against Cardiff was disappointing to say the least which halted their winning momentum. Bournemouth are well and capable of getting a point from this clash but will need to be resilient at the back. Since the start of last season, Bournemouth have lost seven of their eight away Premier League games when Callum Wilson hasn’t featured (W1 D0 L7), failing to score in six of those matches. The Cherries have two big injury concerns – David Brooks and Callum Wilson. Steve Cook is also sidelined through a groin problem. While, Jefferson Lerma is out due to suspension which means Surman will reinstated to the starting line up.
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Arsenal have won all four of their home meeting with Bournemouth in all competitions by an aggregate score of 11-1
Bournemouth have won just one of their eight meetings in all competitions with Arsenal (D1 L6) beating them 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium last season
Josh King has been involved in five goals in his last five Premier League games for Bournemouth (4G, 1A)
Only Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (8) has scored more Premier League goals during 2019 than Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette (5)
Arsenal 3 – 0 Bournemouth