Cardiff vs Bournemouth predictions and betting tips for Saturday’s evening Premier League fixture on Saturday 2 February. It’s been an incredibly difficult fortnight or so for everyone associated with Cardiff City but they’ll be keen to rescue their season starting with claiming three points here.
They welcome Bournemouth to South Wales this weekend, with The Cherries coming into this one after hammering Chelsea 4-0 in midweek.
After a dreadful start, Cardiff managed to convince many observers that they might just be able to pull off the great escape following a number of victories in November and December. But unfortunately for The Bluebirds, that sort of form has since proved elusive and they’ve yet to win a match in any competition since the turn of the year.
Their opponents on Saturday evening have fared only marginally better in the same period – with only two wins in their last handful of games. Although there’s a substantial point gap between these two in the table, at the time of writing you’d have to concede that neither team stands out as a particularly strong fancy. I can see them cancelling one another out when they lock horns this weekend, but with both teams scoring in the process.
Fourteen points separate these two going into Saturday’s match which ordinarily would allow one to summarise that a tangible difference in quality exists between the teams involved. But with the respective form of both clubs being exceptionally uninspiring until Bournemouth’s recent wins over Chelsea and West Ham, you’d have to conclude that this could be tougher to call than most Premier League matches being played this weekend. There’s no doubt Cardiff have struggled in front of goal but they’ll be looking to exploit a Bournemouth back line that’s already well on the way to conceding fifty goals in the league.
Callum Wilson once again showed West Ham exactly what they were missing last weekend, scoring the opener in Bournemouth’s 2-0 win over the east Londoners. Wilson’s stunning strike was his sixth goal against The Hammers and was another nail in the coffin for fans who thought he’d be swapping the south coast for the capital a couple of years ago. As it was, the ex-Coventry man stayed at Bournemouth and Cherries supporters are double glad he did! A niggling injury was expected to keep Wilson out of action when his side played Chelsea in midweek but Eddie Howe will be hoping he’s good to go in what could be a season-defining fixture for both Bournemouth and Cardiff. Wilson is in double figures for Premier League goals for the first time in his career, and you wouldn’t back against him adding to that tally here. He’s 6/4 to do so.
Bournemouth do undoubtedly possess quality in the final third but you get the feeling that the rest of their side is somewhat ordinary in top flight terms. I don’t think there’ll be a lot in this and neither, clearly, do the bookies. I’ve plumped for a 1-1 score line which is the shortest priced correct score selection – although probably for good reason. You’ll get 6/1 on that.
Cardiff to win – 2/1
Draw – 12/5
Bournemouth to win – 6/4