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AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal FC predictions, betting tips and preview: Gunners to enjoy a south coast success

Jon Wilde 9 Jan 2018
  • Bournemouth vs Arsenal predictions for their Premier League match on Sunday
  • The Cherries are seeking a first ever win against Arsenal
  • Read on for our free predictions and betting tips
Alexis Sanchez (left) in Europa League action for Arsenal (credit: Getty Images)

Bournemouth vs Arsenal predictions for Sunday’s Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries are seeking a first ever victory against Arsenal. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.


Both of these teams urgently need a victory and we think Arsenal will secure it – but they will need to start better than on last season’s visit to this ground.

Just over 12 months ago, on the third day of 2017, the Gunners found themselves 3-0 down to Bournemouth with just 20 minutes remaining but dug in to fight back and claim a point through goals from Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud.

Manager Arsene Wenger will obviously not want his side to be in such a precarious position on this trip to the south coast, especially after last weekend’s dismal 4-2 away defeat to Nottingham Forest which ended their defence of the FA Cup at the opening hurdle.

But while Arsenal had won only one of their previous five games going into Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea (result not known at the time of writing), Bournemouth’s recent form has been considerably worse.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring a Europa League goal for Arsenal (Getty Images)
The Cherries, renowned for their slow starts to Premier League seasons since being promoted in 2015, have slumped again following their October and November improvement and have won only one of their last 12 league and cup games.

Eddie Howe’s side had to stage a fightback of their own to remain in the FA Cup from 2-0 down at home to Wigan, earning a replay with a last-gasp equaliser, and they must start notching up the wins quickly if they want to avoid being involved in a relegation battle for the rest of the campaign.

The problem for Howe is that his side have been conceding too many goals and no clean sheet in 11 games tells its own story, with a total of 24 conceded during that timeframe highlighting the issues perfectly.

Arsenal will relish facing such a porous defence as they are also much better at scoring goals than keeping them out and this could be a comfortable success for the Londoners.

Bournemouth vs Arsenal stats


  • These clubs have met six times previously, Arsenal winning five and the other, in last season’s corresponding fixture to this one, ending 3-3 after Bournemouth had led 3-0
  • Arsenal have always scored either two or three goals against Bournemouth
  • All of Bournemouth’s last seven matches have contained over 2.5 goals

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AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal FC predictions, betting tips and preview: Gunners to enjoy a south coast success

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