Eddie Howe’s men have had it tough over the Winter, with a fixture list that has yielded the Cherries few points and a number of heavy defeats. Most of the remaining games look winnable for the South-Coast club, but does John Newsome see Bournemouth overcoming a Newcastle side that has been picking up results recently both home and away? Here’s his take on game-week 31, which only gives us 5 encounters to look forward to. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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BOURNEMOUTH v NEWCASTLE
Bournemouth entertain Newcastle at the Vitality after finally getting a win last weekend beating Huddersfield 2-0. That was Eddie Howe’s first win in 6 games giving them the vital 3-points to edge them away from the relegation places. Callum Wilson scored the 1st for the Cherries getting on the end of a Ryan Fraser assist. Callum repaid the favour after the break and set up Ryan who coolly slotted home. Bournemouth should be safe but after a great start to the season which saw them in 5th position at one stage, the Cherries faithful will be unhappy with the slip down the table. Eddie is a legend on the south coast and his position will never be in doubt but Bournemouth should now push on and finish off the season like they started to give them the highest League position on offer.
Newcastle were losing 2-0 at half-time on Saturday at St James Park against Everton. Rafa got into his players in the dressing room and the Magpies came out in the 2nd-half and blitzed the Toffees getting a great 3-2 victory. Matt Ritchie missed a penalty in the 1st-half while the scoreline was 1-0 to Everton. Salomon Rondon pulled a goal back just after the break then Ayoze Perez equalised for the Magpies before adding his 2nd and Newcastle’s winner sending the Toon Army home very happy. There are 3 points separating the Cherries and the Magpies so a win for either team will go along way in their quest for Premier League survival. Newcastle are in a little group who could easily be pulled into the relegation battle if results don’t go their way this weekend.
This reverse fixture back in November at St James Park finished 2-0 in favour of Newcastle with Salomon Rondon getting both of the Magpies goals in the 1st-half.
Bet 365 offer Bournemouth at Evens 1/1, the Draw at 23/10 and 11/4 for Newcastle to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer 12/5 that Bournemouth Score in Both Halves and 4/1 that Newcastle Score in Both Halves.
Home Win 2-1
BURNLEY v LEICESTER
Burnley went to Anfield on Sunday and whilst putting up a great performance even taking the lead against Liverpool, they ultimately lost the game 4-2 which is now the 3rd defeat in a row for Sean Dyche’s boys. Ashley Westwood scored first for Burnley then Johan Gudmundsson briefly gave the Claret faithful hope making it 3-2 in the 91st-minute. Liverpool put the game to bed a couple of minutes later scoring their 4th to inflict the defeat on Burnley. That defeat for Burnley and subsequent other results going against Sean Dyche’s boys means Burnley lie just above the relegation places only 2-points above Cardiff. With Huddersfield and Fulham looking nailed on for the drop, the 3rd relegation place is up for grabs so to speak, with Cardiff, Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle all fighting to not be the team that joins the Terriers and the Cottages. One thing that may concern Sean Dyche is that in the game at Anfield, none of his players received a booking. Surely if a team is fighting relegation, a few naughty tackles should be flying about and a few cards are shown. It’s all well and good gaining a fair play award from UEFA but it’ll be no good to the Clarets playing in the Championship.
Leicester finally got a win under new boss Brendan Rodgers. Brendan will no doubt credit the victory to the excellent tactics he employed, however, in truth they beat a very poor Fulham side 3-1 and would probably have beaten the Cottages under Claud Puel. New signing Youri Tielemans scored the 1st goal in the 1st-half and after conceding an equaliser just after the break, Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy scored twice to give Brendan his first victory at the King Power. The remaining games for Leicester will be good for Brendan to find out who he wants in his squad and who he can add to in the summer. Leaving Celtic didn’t go down well North of the Border and Rod Stewart is still crying but in truth, it was the senible thing to do for Brendan and Leicester and next season should be good for the Foxes faithful.
This reverse fixture back at the King Power in November finished in a very exciting 0-0 draw.
Bet 365 offer Burnley at 2/1, the Draw at 12/5 and 13/10 for Leicester to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer that Chris Wood Scores First and 7/4 that Jamie Vardy Scores Anytime.
WEST HAM v HUDDERSFIELD
West Ham went to South Wales on Saturday and after a brilliant victory against Newcastle the week before, they left South Wales with their tales between their legs after surprisingly losing 2-0 against relegation-threatened Cardiff. The Hammers appear safe and should be in the Premier League next season but surely the Bubbles faithful will want to see more from their team who didn’t appear up for the fight against Cardiff and maybe had their flip flops on for the summer which is way too early to be thinking about the beach. West Ham do play better at the London Stadium and a game at home against a very poor Huddersfield side is the perfect scenario for Manuel Pellegrini and his Irons.
Huddersfield lost again on Saturday. This time losing 2-0 against Bournemouth in front of the Terriers faithful at the John Smiths Stadium. The fans are certainly used to losing and even the ardent of the faithful know that they will be playing their football in the Championship next season.
This reverse fixture back in November at the John Smiths finished 1-1 with goals from Alex Pritchard in the 1st-half for the Terriers and Felipe Anderson replying in the 2nd-half for the Hammers.
Bet 365 offer West Ham at Odds On 6/11, the Draw at 14/5 and 11/2 for Huddersfield to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer 11/8 that West Ham Win to Nil and 7/4 that West Ham Score in Both Halves.
Home Win 3-0
FULHAM v LIVERPOOL
Early Sunday afternoon kick-off live on Sky Sports.
Fulham lost again on Saturday losing 3-1 away at Leicester. Floyd Ayite briefly equalised at the King Power giving the Cottages a glimmer of hope but Jamie Vardy soon put paid to a positive result for Fulham. Scott Parker has been given the job of steadying the ship at Craven Cottage but like Huddersfield, Fulham are doomed to relegation and playing in the Championship next season possibly taking on the mighty Barnsley FC. The loss against Leicester is the 6th defeat in a row for Fulham and a visit from title contenders Liverpool is not what Scott needs to stop the losing streak.
Liverpool kept on the coattails of High Flying City beating Burnley 4-2 on Sunday at Anfield. After going behind against Burnley early on in the game, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the 1st-half lead. Bobby Firmino scored his 2nd and Liverpool’s 3rd midway through the 2nd-half and after conceding a late Burnley goal to briefly put panic in the Kopites eyes, Sadio Mane put the game to bed scoring his 2nd and Liverpool’s 4th right on the full-time whistle. With Man City getting their victory the day before, Liverpool were playing catch-up but with City involved in the FA Cup this weekend, Jurgen’s Reds have the chance to go back to the Top of the Premier League with a win at Craven Cottage. Mo Salah has been pretty quiet of late but has still scored 17 Premier League goals, 1 behind Sergio Aguero who sits at the top of the goal scoring chart. Sadio Mane has 16 goals which is a great return for both players.
This reverse fixture back at Anfield in November finished 2-0 in favour of Liverpool with Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri getting the goals either side of the break.
Bet 365 offer Fulham at a massive 9/1, the Draw at 5/1 and Odds On 1/4 for Liverpool to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Mo Salah Scores First and 10/3 for Liverpool to Score a Penalty.
Away Win 0-3
EVERTON v CHELSEA
Late Sunday afternoon kick-off live on Sky Sports.
Everton got off to a great start away at Newcastle on Saturday with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison giving the Toffees a 2-0 lead at half-time. Newcastle missed a 1st-half penalty which must have given the Toffees faithful every hope that the 3-points were going back to Goodison Park. Unfortunately, a different Everton team came out for the 2nd-half and forgot how to play and how to defend. After a roasting from Rafa, the Magpies blitzed the Toffees after the break and scored 3 goals making the missed penalty irrelevant and inflicting another defeat on Marco Silva’s Blues. Everton have only accumulated 4-points from a possible 18 and although should be safe, the Toffees faithful will demand more from the remaining games left. Have you ever watched the day, passing by your door, powerless to change its course, your feet fixed to the floor. When all the people you thought you knew are changing more and more. Even the girl you thought would see, seems only to ignore. The only love worth fighting for, Have you ever had it blue.
Chelsea gained a point at home against Wolves on Sunday getting a last gasp equaliser to draw 1-1. Eden Hazard got the Blues out of jail with a 92nd-minute goal after Wolves had taken the lead early in the 2nd-half. Chelsea had played in the Europa League the previous Thursday and maybe will feel that winning that particular competition will be the best way to gain entry into next season’s Champions League as it’s unlikely that Sarri-Ball will get into the Top 4 of the Premier League come the end of the season. This reverse fixture back in November at Stamford Bridge finished in a very entertaining 0-0 draw.
Bet 365 offer Everton at 3/1, the Draw at 5/2 and slight Odds On 9/10 for Chelsea to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer 13/2 that Richarlison Scores First and 12/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 1-3