Arsenal (L-D-D-W-D) vs. AFC Bournemouth (L-L-W-W-D)
English Premier League: 6th October 2019 at 9:00am ET (Emirates Stadium)
Lines and Odds: -227.27
Free Soccer Pick Arsenal vs. Bournemouth
Arsenal are set to invite AFC Bournemouth for a thrilling encounter that could drive the Gunners into third place or see the Cherries fall closer to the bottom of the table.
Bournemouth, who sit in 10th at the moment, have scored more goals than the Gunners so far.
When it comes to Bournemouth, the Emirates Stadium is something of a blessing for the Gunners. Since 2015, Arsenal have not lost to the Cherries at home. There have been crazier results at Dean Court, but the Emirates Stadium has been an unpenetrable fortress.
Arsenal are prepared to win this game, knowing that they simply cannot afford to drop another chance to enter the top four. While it is expected that they will win, by pundits and fans alike, there is another problem in the Arsenal squad.
That problem is the defense. Arsenal is currently the only top-six team that has conceded goals in double digits. It also doesn't help that they have scored only one goal more than they have conceded. It is worth saying that a reasonable number of those conceded goals have been caused by absolutely drastic mistakes.
Thanks to players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal have scored slightly more goals than they have conceded. The Gabonese attacker has scored seven goals in seven games. If the Gunners can reduce their defensive failures, they would have a much stronger chance to achieve a respectable result.
In terms of team news, Alexandre Lacazette will remain on the sidelines due to injury. Unai Emery will also have to decide on the players he needs to rest. Due to the Europa match they played only three days back, not all players will be fit enough for Bournemouth.
The Cherries are currently having a serious injury crisis. At the moment, they have six players who will certainly be sitting on the sidelines come Sunday. Junior Stanislas, Dan Gosling, and Adam Smith are the most notable of the sidelined players. Harry Wilson and Ryan Fraser are coming back from injury and they might not be fit in time for the game.
Harry Wilson's absence on the field will sorely be felt by Bournemouth. However, Arnaut Danjuma Greeneveld could pick up his first start in his Bournemouth career. In Wilson's absence, he will take up the left-wing position in Eddie Howe's 4-4-2 formation.
Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke will likely continue in their striking positions. While Solanke has not had the best start to a season, Wilson has been doing much better.
Arsenal would have to keep an eye out for Diego Rico who has been a trouble for opponents in his marauding left-back position. He is quite capable of driving the team forward on that flank and fashioning opportunities for his team.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
- Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in 12 of their last 13 home matches (Premier League).
- Arsenal have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Bournemouth's last 6 away games (Premier League).
- Arsenal are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 home matches (Premier League).
- The Gunners have won their last 4 home matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
- Arsenal have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 home matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal's last 3 home games (Premier League).
- Bournemouth have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 away matches (Premier League).
Free Soccer Pick Bournemouth vs. Arsenal
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