AFC Bournemouth Premier League Betting Preview
Bournemouth Betting Odds
Premier League betting odds: 1500/1 – Betway
Top four Premier League finish: 150/1 – Betfred
Relegation odds: 100/30 – Skybet
FA Cup betting odds: 50/1 – William Hill
League Cup betting odds: 66/1 – bet365
Bournemouth Betting Preview
Bournemouth’s Premier League Relegation betting odds of 100/30 would suggest Eddie Howe’s men should be able to avoid the dreaded drop again. However, as a result of transfer comings and goings this summer, the Bournemouth squad does look somewhat lacking in experience as things stand (Simon Francis is the only outfield player over the age of 30 in the current squad).
Howe has built a good young squad at the Vitality Stadium, but those relegation odds might just offer some value to those who believe that there is no substitute for experience or can see Bournemouth being susceptible to a case of ‘second season syndrome’.
The Cherries survived with a bit to spare last term but, even in the wake of Leicester City’s remarkable success, the 1500/1 available for Bournemouth winning the Premier League is only for die-hard supporters.
Perhaps of more appeal is bet365’s standout price of 8/1 on Bournemouth to secure a Top 10 finish. That price is unlikely to hold for long, as it is well out of line with the rest of the market.
Success in one of the cup competitions is another area worth considering. With the big six clubs in the pre-season Premier League betting potentially focused on bigger targets at home and abroad, it could allow for the likes of Bournemouth to take advantage in the FA and League cups.
- Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
- Nathan Ake (Chelsea – season loan)
- Lys Mousset (Le Havre)
- Lewis Cook (Leeds United)
- Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen)
- Sylvain Distin (out of contract)
- Stephane Zubar (out of contract)
- Josh Carmichael (out of contract)
- Josh Wakefield (out of contract)
- Jon Muleba (out of contract)
- Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa)
- Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)
- Glenn Murray (Brighton & Hove Albion – season loan)
- Lee Tomlin (Bristol City)
- Joe Quigley (Gillingham – six-month loan)
Bournemouth’s record 2015-16
- Premier League – 16th
- FA Cup – 5th Round (Everton)
- League Cup – 4th Round (Liverpool)
Bournemouth fixtures 2016-17
It’s a high-profile start for Bournemouth’s fixtures with Manchester United and their new manager Jose Mourinho visiting the Vitality Stadium on Sunday 14th August.
The following Sunday the Cherries will be the first Premier League visitors to take on West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.
Bournemouth’s season culminates on Sunday 21st May with a visit to defending champions Leicester City.
Bournemouth Betting Tips
It was no great surprise that it took Bournemouth a few months to find their feet in what was their debut season in the top-flight of English football, particularly given the number of injuries to key players early in the campaign.
It was a late rally to secure an excellent 3-3 draw at home to Everton in late November that kick-started their revival, a result that was followed by consecutive victories at Chelsea (delivering a fairly hefty blow in what were the latter stages of Mourinho’s stewardship of the then defending champions), at home to Manchester United and away to West Bromwich Albion.
The Cherries were never in any serious danger of the drop from that point on and although their form did tail off over the closing weeks of the season, they were by then already all but mathematically safe.
The principal aim for the new season will again be to avoid relegation and, with the financial backing of owner Maxim Demin, that should certainly be possible. They’ve already added several promising young players during the current transfer window, with Lewis Cook potentially being the pick of them. At the time of writing the Cherries have also had a £15 million bid for Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe accepted and are now waiting on the player’s response. This is a club with real ambition.
The biggest threat to Bournemouth’s survival could be the growing reputation of their manager. Howe’s standing in the game is such that he has already been mentioned as a potential successor to Roy Hodgson as England manager and his name is sure to come up when vacancies arise at more established clubs over the coming months.
Provided Bournemouth can retain Howe and perhaps add a few older heads to the ranks, they should again steer clear of trouble.
- Official club site: http://www.afcb.co.uk/
- Stadium: Vitality Stadium
- Manager: Eddie Howe
- Club nickname: The Cherries
- Year formed: 1899
- Club owner: Maxim Demin
- Most League appearances: Steve Fletcher (493)
- Most League Goals: Ron Eyre (202)
AFC Bournemouth Club Honours
Football League Championship
Winners (1): 2014–15
Football League One
Winners (1): 1986-87
Football League Trophy
Winners (1): 1983–84