Bournemouth opens the season in the Premier League with a match against Cardiff which comes from Championship. A start for the season against a team from the bottom level of English football is never easy, but it is certainly much more pleasant than a match against City or Liverpool. Jermain Defoe, Charlie Daniels and the company know that and without any doubt the match against Cardiff is one of their must win matches.
But surely this will not be an easy victory. Pre-season games showed that Bournemouth does not perform very well in the start of the season. Losses from Real Betis and Nottingham without any goal scored, 1:1 draws against Bristol City and Sevilla and victory against Levante, but with three goals allowed. For sure, Eddie Howe has many to consider before the first official match for the season.
Moreover, last season his players didn’t allow a goal in just 3 of 19 home matches. This is an indicator for Bournemouth’s defense and certainly gives hope for Cardiff supporters.
They also have to worry about what happened in the pre-season matches. Cardiff lost their only serious friendly match from Rotherham with 1:2.
Premier League novice statistics are also worrying with rarely a team being able to qualify ahead in the final standing. This shows that Cardiff’s goal is to remain their place in the league, which would be quite difficult. Moreover, they were not the most successful teams in the Championship last year in terms of scoring goals. Their promotion in the Premier League came after only 69 goals scored in 46 games.
Matches like this often do not offer a special spectacle, as the main factor for which team would take the victory is the skill of the attackers. Here the hosts of Bournemouth have the advantage of having Jermain Defoe and Joshua King. For the first one, whatever it is said, it will not be enough, but we will only mention that he is one of the legendary strikers of the Premier League. King, on the other hand, had a decent season in the previous campaign, scoring 8 goals in 33 games and a total of 30 in the Premier League.
Cardiff will be ahead with Kenneth Zohore, who scored 9 goals in 36 games for Cardiff in the Championship last year.
If I summarize, Bournemouth has much more experienced and good attackers, but with a defense that often allows goals. Cardiff, on the other hand, relies heavily on defense, but their have difficulties to score. That’s why my betting prediction for this match will be for Bournemouth’s win with 1:0. The home winning odds is 2.03 with bet365, which is enough for a good bet.