Bournemouth vs. Leicester City Prediction, 7/12/20
With relegation looming, 18th-placed Bournemouth will try to end a nine-game winless streak while hosting 4th-placed Leicester City, who are still not guaranteed a place in the next season’s Champions League. Kick-off - at 14:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 12.
Bournemouth End Losing Run
A five-game losing streak finally came to an end for Bournemouth, who earned a scoreless home draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on Thursday. The Cherries matched the visitors in shots (9-9) and kept Spurs from registering a single attempt on target, but saw a goal of their own (courtesy of Callum Wilson) ruled out for a handball at the end of the game, with Harry Wilson also missing an excellent chance in injury time. Bournemouth remain without a victory in nine straight league outings (D2 L7) and sit 18th in the standings (W7 D7 L20), trailing safety by six points, but with a game in hand.
English striker Callum Wilson leads the Cherries with eight league markers, with Welshman Harry Wilson following 2nd with seven. Goalie Aaron Ramsdale, meanwhile, sits 3rd in the EPL with 113 saves. He has recorded five clean sheets in 33 contests this year and gives up a tally every 53 minutes of play. Bournemouth has scored the 3rd lowest amount of goals during the ongoing campaign (32) while delivering the 4th lowest quantity of shots per game (10). The team is 13th in both ball possession (46.3%) and passing accuracy (76.3%).
Leicester Draw With Arsenal
Leicester City recorded their third draw in the past five Premier League games (W1 D3 L1) after battling out a 1-1 tie with Arsenal away at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. The hosts opened the scoring in the first half and had a goal disallowed for offside in the following frame, only to receive a red card with 15 minutes remaining, with Jamie Vardy eventually exploiting the Foxes’ subsequent man-advantage with an equalizer six minutes from time. Leicester sit 4th in the league with a W17 D8 L9 record, just one point ahead of 5th-placed Manchester United, trailing 3rd-placed Chelsea by one point.
England striker Vardy leads the Foxes and the whole Premier League with 22 strikes for the season. Goalie Kasper Schmeichel, meanwhile, resides 9th in the EPL with 92 saves. He has collected 12 clean sheets in 34 outings this year and concedes a goal every 96 minutes on average. Leicester have netted the 3rd highest number of goals during the current campaign (64) while delivering the 5th highest amount of shots per game (13.9). The team is 4th in ball possession (55.1%) and 6th in passing accuracy (82.8%).
The very last two Premier League meetings between the two teams finished with victories for Leicester City. Still, the previous seven all saw Bournemouth pick up at least a point, with five of them finishing on level terms with the Foxes. The Cherries are in a desperate need to squeeze out points to save themselves from relegation. And with Leicester hardly showing their best soccer lately, expect an inspired performance by Bournemouth, who already showed guts and determination in their scoreless draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
Bournemouth Double Chance (Win or Draw) (-110)