Newly promoted Aston Villa will go head to head with Bournemouth on August 17, 2019, at Villa Park in Aston, Birmingham in England.

“Soccer" Aston Villa

Aston Villa earned promotion back to the Premier League after a three-year hiatus following their 2-1 victory over Derby County in the 2019 EFL Championship Playoff Final. The Villa hired manager Dean Smith of Brentford to replace former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce after Aston Villa was defeated in the 2018 EFL Championship Final while also losing eight out of their last nine matches. The team finished 5th and posted a club-best 10 match winning streak before winning the 2019 EFL Championship. They have won the First Division title seven times, Second Division twice and Third Division in 1972.

Here are the current players for Aston Villa as of July 15, 2019:

  • Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Orjan Nyland, Jed Steer
  • Defenders: James Bree, James Chester, Ahmen Elmohamady, Frederic Guilbert, Kortney Hause, Ezri Konsa, Matt Target, Neil Taylor, Bjorn Engels, Tyrone Mings
  • Midfielders: Birkir Bjarnason, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Anwar El Ghazi, Jack Grealish, Andre Green, Conor Hourihane, Jota, Henri Lansbury, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Trezeguet, Aaron Tshibola
  • Forwards: Keinan Davis, Jonathan Kodija, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Scott Hogan, Callum O’Hare, Wesley
What are the Moneyline Odds?

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Odds from as of 7/28/19

“Soccer" Bournemouth

Bournemouth secured a fifth straight appearance in the Premier League by finishing 14th in the previous term. Eddie Howe signed David Brooks, Jefferson Lerma, and Diego Rico during the summer of the 2018-19 season with Lerma joining them for a club-record fee. Unlike 2017, they began the 2018 season strong but faltered towards the end as the battled injuries. The likes of Dominic Solanke, Chris Mepham and Nathaniel Clyne joined the team during the winter with the latter on loan. This team has won the Football League Two (fourth-tier) twice, Football League One (third-tier) once and the Football League Championship (second-tier) in 2014-15.

These are the players for Bournemouth as of July 21, 2019:

  • Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc, Asmir Begovic, Mark Travers
  • Defenders: Simon Francis (captain), Steve Cook (3rd captain), Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels, Adam Smith, Jack Stacey, Diego Rico, Jack Simpson, Lloyd Kelly, Chris Mepham
  • Midfielders: Dan Gosling (4th captain), Andrew Surman (vice-captain), Jefferson Lerma, Jordon Ibe, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks, Ryan Fraser, Kyle Taylor, Matt Butcher, Alex Dobre, Harry Arter
  • Forwards: Joshua King, Dominic Solanke, Callum Wilson, Sam Surridge

“Soccer" Who Wins?

Aston Villa has won its last five matches without conceding a goal in two of those games. During that period, The Villa scored a total of 11 goals while conceding only three goals. On the other hand, Bournemouth has won just twice in their last five matches with one draw and two defeats. Bournemouth scored a total of 8 goals in their last five games while allowing a total of 9 goals. Head to head, these teams have played in a total of seven matches. Aston Villa won four of those matches with one draw and two losses. These teams last met in the 2016 Premier League with Bournemouth winning 2-1. As of the latest soccer betting odds, both these teams are pegged at +160 each.

The Villa enters this match-up riding high on the momentum of their recent promotion back to the Premier League after a three-year absence. After finishing 5th in the Championship and winning The Championship to earn a promotion, they bolstered their squad by adding eight players, the most notable was that of center back Bjorn Engles from Reims.

Bournemouth enters their fifth consecutive season in the top flight after a 14th place finish in the 2018-19 Premier League. They were off to a good start with six wins in their first 10 matches, including wins over the likes of West Ham, Cardiff, Leicester, and Watford. Chris Mepham will be entering his first full season under coach Eddie Howe and should figure in a bigger role.  With the more recent experience playing in top-flight competition, I like Bournemouth to give Aston Villa a rough welcome back to the Premier League. I’m picking Bournemouth to beat Aston Villa on 8/17/19. Prediction: Bournemouth

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