Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Premier League clash between Bournemouth and Aston Villa, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Resuming life in the top flight after a two-year hiatus, promoted Bournemouth Welcome Aston-Villa to the Vitality Stadium for their first Premier League match on Saturday.
While the Cherries were second in the Championship last season, to regain their place in England’s elite, Villa had to settle for a mid-table finish after a campaign plagued by inconsistency.
A baptism of fire awaits Bournemouth following their return to the rarefied air of the Premier League, and the pressure is on to at least avoid defeat in their first game, given a formidable fixture list for much of this month.
Soon before the trips to Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as the visit of Arsenal, Scott ParkerThe team expected to start running against Aston Villa, whom they also played in the club’s first Premier League game some seven years ago.
However, despite the relative success of last season, many Cherries fans are uneasy about the lack of signings this summer, and pundits are lining up to condemn them to relegation before a ball is kicked in the 2022 campaign. -2. 3.
With few new faces forthcoming, Parker will rely on established regulars like jefferson lerma, lewis cook, philip billing and captain lloyd kelly to excel at a higher level, while dominic solonke He is expected to provide goals on his return to the top flight as a more experienced striker.
Solanke only managed three last time out after joining from Liverpool amid much fanfare, but the former England international has since racked up 44 goals in two championship seasons.
Meanwhile, the supporting cast of Bournemouth will have the return David Brooks and irish goalkeeper Mark Traverswho could play a major role in trying to keep the South Coast club afloat next May.
Unlike their hosts, Aston Villa intend to mount an assault on the Premier League top six this season, despite a significant deficit to make up in just a few months.
the ambitions of Steven Gerrard have largely met the Villan ownership this summer, with diego carlos Y Boubacar Kamara the most showy arrivals, along with the permanent signing of Philip Coutinho.
Much of his summer business was done early, including a move for the Blackpool boss. neil critchleywho joins as Gerrard’s assistant after miguel bealethe exit.
After a successful pre-season, with four wins and one draw, Villa also named a new captain to succeed the previous incumbent. Tyrone Mingsand midfield dynamo John McGinn will wear the bracelet this weekend and beyond.
Last season’s 14th place finish in the league, coupled with all-too-familiar early exits in the cups, fell far short of expectations at Villa Park, amid rumors of a challenge for Europe at the start of the season – having had the opportunity to mold his team for several months, this time, Gerrard’s first full campaign should produce results.
With that in mind, Villa are off to a less than impressive start: after the trip to Bournemouth, they face Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
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As if Bournemouth’s drought in the transfer market hadn’t antagonized Scott Parker enough, the summer signings joe rothwell Y ryan fredericks – both joined on free transfers – have been ruled out of the Premier League opening weekend due to injury.
Fredericks was acquired to provide competition to Jack Stacy Y adam smith at right back, but due to a calf problem for the former West Ham man, the latter is scheduled to start on Saturday.
midfield player marcus tavernier, fresh from Middlesbrough, should at least feature at some point; while Dominic Solanke leads the line up front. Stanislaus Junior could be a starter in support of the local striker, after his goal in the last warm-up game against Real Sociedad.
Meanwhile, Villa is expected to field new additions of their own, with Diego Carlos starting in central defense and Boubacar Kamara filling the ‘number six’ role. However, Kamara’s fellow midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka He has left for Chelsea after his refusal to sign a new contract.
swedish transfers ludwig agustinsson Y robin olsen will provide backup on the bench, while Philippe Coutinho should lead Emi Buendia to a place in support of the center forward.
If Steven Gerrard opts for 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3, leon bailey is in line to start after an impressive pre-season, but Ollie Watkins, danny ings Y cameron archer must fight to appear in front.
Bournemouth possible starting line-up:
crossbars; Smith, Mepham, Kelly, Zemura; Christie, Cook, Lerma, Anthony; Billing; Solanke
Possible Aston Villa starting line-up:
Martinez; Cash, Carlos, Mings, Digne; Kamara, McGinn, J. Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins, Coutinho
We say: Bournemouth 1-2 Aston Villa
Beaten just three times in 23 home games last season, albeit at Championship level, Bournemouth won’t be easy to convince at home, but there is a chasm in quality between these two sides.
Since returning to the top flight three years ago, Villa have built a setup worthy of the top half and can use their superior firepower to take three points back to Birmingham.
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