AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal 12/26/2019 Picks, Game Analysis and Odds
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AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal 12/26/2019 – A clash of mid-table teams will grace the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day, December 26, as Bournemouth and Arsenal fight it out for a chance to climb up the English Premier League table. The first whistle will be heard at 10:00 AM ET and is televised live in Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom and NBC Sports Gold in the United States. SofaScore will air it via livestream. Currently at 11th place, Arsenal seeks to move up to top eight of the table while 14th-ranked Bournemouth looks to remain in the Top 17 ahead of six other teams to avoid relegation. Premier league odds favor AFC Bournemouth over Arsenal in this game as their inspiring performance against fourth-placed Chelsea is expected to carry over.
AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal 12/26/2019
After surprising Chelsea on December 14, AFC Bournemouth (5-4-9 win-draw-loss, 19 points) went back to earth on Saturday as they fell to Burnley, 0-1. The Cherries struggled on both sides of the pitch as they were unable to register a goal despite getting four corner kicks and owning 65% of the possession. However, their defense allowed a last-gasp attack by Jay Rodriguez in the 89th minute to waste a point. Bournemouth will play host to a struggling Arsenal squad that failed to score a goal against Everton. Harry and Callum Wilson will try to spearhead Bournemouth’s offense against Arsenal as they seek to avoid relegation and maintain their place in the midtable.
Players to Watch: Harry Wilson (6 Goals, 0 Assist); Callum Wilson 5 G 0 A); Joshua King (3 G, 2 A); Ryan Fraser (1 G, 3 A); Nathan Ake (1 G, 1 A).
Arsenal (5-8-5, 23 points) resume their struggle despite having new mentor Mikel Arteta on the bench as they settled for a scoreless draw against Everton in their last outing on December 21. The Gunners could not capitalize on the opportunities given to them by Everton, particularly on a close-range chance by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that was saved by Jordan Pickford. Another concern for Arsenal was their defense as the XI allowed 12 goals in six games. Every attack starts with good defense and it has not been the case for the Gunners. The team will again look for goal-scoring marvels Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette, who have combined for 16 Arsenal goals in 17 matches, to fill in the slack.
Players to Watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11 goals, 1 assist); Alexander Lacazette (5 G, 1 A); Nicolas Pepe (2 G, 2 A); David Luiz (2 G); Sokratis Papastathopoulos (1 G).
AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal Betting Numbers
Summary: Soccer betting com picks Bournemouth to emerge victorious over Arsenal as Eddie Howe’s men will pull off another surprise over Arsenal and move further up the table.
Moneyline: Bournemouth holds a moneyline of +297 while Arsenal is given a -117. Moneyline for the draw is pegged at +321.
Score Prediction: Bournemouth will take the win over Arsenal, 2-1.