With each of the last five H2H meetings producing over 2.5 match goals and mid-table Bournemouth in relaxed mood, this one may be full of surprises and twists.
Bournemouth have picked up an impressive 68.42% of their points total here at the Vitality Stadium. However, they have recorded just two wins from their last seven home matches in all competitions (W2, D3, L2), despite bagging an average of 1.86 goals per match across this period.
Four of Bournemouth’s last six Premier League (PL) matches have produced under 2.5 goals, but for what H2H history is worth, there is still a good chance of entertainment. Both teams have found the net in six of the last seven H2Hs at either ground, including each of the last three here.
Visiting manager Sean Dyche can take solace in his own personal H2H record vs opposite number Eddie Howe. Across nine meetings, it is Dyche who has the favourable record (W4, D3, L2). Interestingly, both teams found the net in eight of those nine managerial clashes, whilst seven produced over 2.5 goals.
Players to watch: Bournemouth’s Norwegian star Joshua King has scored four goals across his last four appearances for club and country, two of which have come from the penalty spot.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Burnley prospect Dwight McNeil has scored two of his three first-team goals in his last two appearances – although he is yet to score away from home.
Stat attack: Bournemouth are currently averaging just 0.63 points per game across the last eight rounds, in comparison to almost double that (1.19) across the season.
Burnley have averaged 1.25 points per match across the last eight, in comparison to 1.03 over the season.
Only three sides have received more than Burnley’s 61 bookings this season (1.91 per match average).
My bet: BTTS