101 Great Goals prediction: Stoke 2-0 Bournemouth
Just one league position separates either side, as Stoke City and Bournemouth take to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a huge relegation six-pointer.
Last season, the Cherries secured a remarkable top-half finish in the Premier League. But this season goals have been hard to come by and they find themselves in an early relegation scrap.
Meanwhile, Mark Hughes’ side will be needing to recover quickly from their 7-2 humbling at the hands of a scintillating Manchester City side, with the defeat seeing them slip into 17th.
The points in this fixture are huge, with both sides desperate to start climbing the table, away from the drop zone.
Stoke v Bournemouth betting tips
Bournemouth are 12/5 to win away, while the draw is also 12/5.
Jese Rodriguez is 14/1 to score a double for Stoke against the Cherries.
It’s 17/20 that they’ll be less than 2.5 goals in the game.
Yet to win on the road, on the other hand, the Potters have accumulated seven points from a possible 12 at home.
This also being despite the fact that Stoke have come up against three of last seasons top six in the Potteries.
Notoriously a tricky place to go, Stoke have so far taken points from both Arsenal and Manchester United, proving that ‘but can he do it at Stoke…’ continues to ring true.
Bournemouth are in for a stern test, with Stoke making the Bet365 a real fortress.
Finding the back of the net
Scoring has been a major issue for Eddie Howe’s side this season, managing just four.
This is only better than Crystal Palace, a side who found the net for the first time just last weekend.
With the likes of Jermain Defoe, Josh King and Benik Afobe, they have the firepower to score goals.
However, between them the trio have only mustered two goals.
This is an issue Howe must resolve quickly, especially with Stoke’s danger-men likely to score.
Stoke team news v Bournemouth
Joe Allen is a major doubt for Saturday after suffering from concussion.
Hughes will also be without captain Ryan Shawcross who is suffering from a back injury.
Also out injured are Stephan Ireland and Thomas Edwards.
Bournemouth team news v Stoke
Ryan Fraser is struggling with a hamstring injury and is therefore doubtful.
Callum Wilson is not yet expected back, as he continues to regain fitness after recovering from injury.
Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith are all injured.