2023-24 Premier League: Week Nine – Bournemouth vs Wolves

Relegation battling Bournemouth host Wolves at the Vitality Stadium. 

Victory could see Bournemouth climb out of the relegation zone if Luton and Burnley fail to win elsewhere, whilst Wolves can go 11th with a win if Nottingham Forest lose elsewhere.

 

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Philip Billing is a doubt for Bournemouth due to a knock which prevented him from playing for Denmark in the international window this month.

Lloyd Kelly (calf) and Chris Mepham (knock) could both be available for selection.

Ryan Fredericks (calf), Tyler Adams (hamstring), Emiliano Marcondes (foot) and Alex Scott (knee) remain absent.

Wolves will be without midfielder, Mario Lemina after he was red carded during their draw against Aston Villa before the international break.

Jean-Ricner Bellegarde could however return after completing his three-match ban, whilst Hugo Bueno (hamstring) is a doubt.

 

When is Kick-Off?

Bournemouth host Wolves at Vitality Stadium in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday 21 October, untelevised live in the UK.

 

Stat Attack

  • Bournemouth have won just one of six previous Premier League meetings against Wolves (W1, D2, L3).
  • Wolves are yet to lose away at Bournemouth in the Premier League (W1, D2).
  • Gary O’Neill’s Old Gold are yet to receive a red card against Bournemouth in the Premier League.
  • Three of Bournemouth’s five league goals this season have been scored by Dominic Solanke.
  • Wolves have claimed four points from four away matches this season (W1, D1, L2).

 

Prediction

After their defeat at Everton which extended their winless start to the league campaign to eight matches, I am surprised that Andoni Iraola is still in charge because his team looked lacklustre across the pitch except for Neto’s goalkeeping display.

Wolves meanwhile did well to resiliently weather Villa’s attack and snatch a clinical draw in a fiesty derby encounter, especially in terms of tactics which enabled them to isolate Ollie Watkins’ attacking supply from Villa’s midfield in a crucial aspect of their eventual draw.

All eyes though are on Bournemouth who need a huge improvement because if Wolves can continue to click into gear and cut out their defensive errors with better discipline, I can’t see Gary O’Neill’s Old Gold losing this against his former team.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves

Result: Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves

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