Cardiff v Bournemouth
Saturday’s late kick off involves a game between teams at different ends of the form table, with Bournemouth annihilating Chelsea 4-0 in midweek and Cardiff now 5 competitive games without a win, only scoring once in the process.
Bournemouth’s have lost their last 6 away Premier League fixtures, but the opposition (with exception of Newcastle) have all been top 8 sides. After victories against Chelsea and West Ham, the Cherries are really starting to pick up some momentum with Joshua King scoring 3 and also assisting 1 in just the last two fixtures, and also managed to pick himself up a Premier League Player of the Month nomination in the meantime. Artur Boruc has been integrated back into the starting XI for his first two appearances of the season and has kept clean sheets in both games, along with Nathaniel Clyne who has recently arrived on loan from Liverpool.
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Cardiff have simply not been good enough in recent weeks with only 2 goals scored in their last 6 Premier League games and their game against Huddersfield they didn’t even register a shot on target. The Bluebirds have earned 78% of their points this season at home but with the current form of Bournemouth it looks like a mountain to climb.
Bournemouth are incredibly 13/10 to win with Bet365 and I’m a player with odds like that.
West Ham v Liverpool
West Ham have been a mess of late with 3 losses on the bounce against Bournemouth, Wimbledon and Wolves. The manner in which they lost to Wolves will raise some serious concern; Wolves had 20 shots to West Ham’s 4, all of which didn’t hit the target. There are further problems at the Hammers camp with small injury worries in Lukasz Fabianski (arm)and Marko Arnautovic (foot), both players of which are vital to West Ham’s seemingly slim chances Monday night.
Despite recent negativity, Hammers have managed to win their home fixtures this season against Manchester United and Arsenal whilst also holding Chelsea to a draw. There’s a certain level of awkwardness West Ham bring to these games against the big teams and there’s a possibility they could do the same again.
Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Leicester on Wednesday but in recent history have consistently given West Ham a real battering. In the previous 4 meetings, Liverpool have scored 4 goals each time with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scoring a combined 7 goals in just the last 3 of those games. With the general progression of Liverpool in recent seasons under Klopp, there’s a chance they could just add to this exceptional record against the Irons.
With West Ham’s current state of affairs and their levels of inconsistency, it’d be very hard to nail a prediction for the game but as a reasonable price longshot, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to score anytime is 10/3 with Bet365.
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