On Saturday, from 15pm, Aston Villa receives Bournemouth’s visit in the second round of the Premier League, on a crowded arena in Birmingham. Returning to the first scene, Aston Villa hopes for three points on their own.
Without Chester, injured, Dean Smith’s band promises a pleasant offensive performance in front of one of the most organized teams in England. However, Eddie Howe has lot problems in Bournemouth, where he cannot rely on the services of Brooks, Arter, Cook, Francis, Gosling, Kelly and Stanislas.
It is the first Premier League match hosted by Villa Park since 2016, and the electrifying atmosphere will greatly help Smith’s players, who have shown how solid they can be on their own. In fact, in the last two seasons of the Championship, Aston Villa has lost only six games played at home, a remarkable balance. Bournemouth is a difficult opponent, entering the fifth consecutive season on the first stage, and Eddie Howe is the longest-tenured manager in the Premier League.
Aston Villa feels the absence of attacker of the goalscorer Tammy Abraham, returned to Chelsea after the loan, but the visiting team opened the scoring in front of Tottenham in the opening round. The Londoners won 3-1 at the end, but Ville’s performance gives hope for the future. Bournemouth were pleased with a draw against Sheffield United (1-1) after a game in which the “cherry blossoms” led 1-0, but were matched at the end of the match, after a fiercely contested game.
On the other hand, Bournemouth had a modest record in their travels last season, where they received the first goal in 15 matches out of 19. No other team came close to this negative statistic, which gives the hosts hope. It will be the eighth straight duel between the two clubs, but in five of the seven disputed so far, exactly three goals have been scored. It is possible to see a spectacular and open game again.
PROBABLE TEAM AT ASTON VILLA – BOURNEMOUTH:
Aston Villa: Heaton – Elmohamady, Engles, Mings, Taylor – Hourihane – Trezeguet, McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi – Wesley
Bournemouth: Ramsdale – Mepham, Cook, Ake – A. Smith, Lerma, Billing, Rico – King, Wilson, Fraser