Relegation battling Bournemouth welcome Arsenal to the Vitaly Stadium for the first of this weekend’s Super Sunday matches.

 

Team news

Eddie Howe will hope that two of his key players – Joshua King and Junior Stanislas overcome fitness tests and can feature.

Jermain Defoe and Tyrone Mings are back in training but won’t feature here.

Arsenal could have Jack Wilshire available after his ankle injury from against Chelsea on Wednesday, isn’t as bad as first thought.

Mesut Ozil is out with a knee injury but Aaron Ramsay and Sead Kolasanic are available again for selection.

 

Form

Since the festive round of games commenced, Bournemouth have gone unbeaten in four of last five matches in all competitions.

They however have drawn their last two by 2-2 results.

Arsenal meanwhile have played one more game than the Cherries, winning one, drawing four and losing one from their last six matches in all competitions.

 

Stat Attack

  • Arsenal have scored at least twice in all of their six meetings with Bournemouth, winning five but drew 3-3 on their last trip here.
  • From nine Sunday games this season, Arsenal have a (W3 D2 L3) record from domestic competitions.
  • In several key areas this season, Bournemouth (left) has been out averaged by their opposition whilst Arsenal (right) fares better, topping five areas including; corners, shots and goals.

 

Prediction

Arsenal has to be favourites here given their record but have to rotate their squad more now with several key players either transfer targets or injured.

That will give Bournemouth some hope, especially after their performance here last season.

In the end, I can see Arsenal winning this but it won’t be easy against a resurgent Bournemouth side.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

Jake predicts: Bournemouth 2-3 Arsenal

Result: Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal

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