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AFC Bournemouth vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Bournemouth, Vitality Stadium

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Can Bournemouth recover from 9-0 thrashing against solid Wolves side?

  • Bournemouth lost to Liverpool by a record-equalling 9-0 scoreline
  • They sit one point above the relegation zone
  • Wolves sit two places below them, in 19th, following a poor start to the season

Wolves to win 1-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Bournemouth, Vitality Stadium

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It’s a rare occasion to see a side be beaten by such a remarkable scoreline.

In truth, many thought Bournemouth could be well-beaten by Liverpool at the weekend. The Reds had started the season poorly and many expected them to bounce back against the Cherries, especially at home.

They did so in style, putting nine goals past a hopeless Bournemouth side who looked every inch like a team that may struggle to stay in the division this season.

Bournemouth have three points, gained from their first game of the season where they beat Aston Villa. Their next three games, albeit against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, have all been heavy defeats.

Wolves earned a solid draw against Newcastle at the weekend, a team that have been in fine form recently. Wolves’ problem all season has been scoring goals, though the return of Raul Jimenez will boost that.

With some new signings, their top striker back fit and their opponents licking their wounds after a heavy defeat, Wolves will feel confident here.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Won against the non-Big Six team they’ve played this season

     Huge defeat could spur the players into a response

Reasons to be fearful:

     Look desperately short of quality so far

     Will face a relegation battle unless they can start to win these types of games

Bournemouth have the unwanted position of being both bad in front of goal and in defence right now.

Naturally, having conceded nine goals in a single match, they have the worst defensive record in the division, as well as the worst goal difference. 

The Cherries were many people’s pick for relegation favourites before the season started and that result won’t have helped things. Manager Scott Parker still has a lot to prove to be considered a Premier League boss.

In their favour, they won the game in which they didn’t play a giant side. On the first game of the season, they beat Aston Villa 1-0 to get their campaign off to a good start. 

They now face Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Brighton, Newcastle, Brentford, Leicester, Fulham, Southampton and West Ham before they play another Big Six team. It’s a run of fixtures they must pick up points from.

Against Wolves, they have a poor record to contend with, having lost three of their last four meetings. Scott Parker will need to work wonders to pick his players up after that heavy defeat to Liverpool.

Star Man – Kieffer Moore

None of Bournemouth’s players covered themselves in glory against Liverpool, but it wasn’t a game where Moore was expected to do well. Against the likes of Wolves, he needs to show up for his side. 

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Having Jimenez back up front is a big boost to their goalscoring potential

     New signings should start to help the team

Reasons to be fearful

     Sitting in the bottom three will harm players’ confidence

     Have looked poor at the back following departures

Wolves have struggled with scoring goals in every season since coming up to the Premier League in 2016. They have relied on a tight defence, plus the goals of Raul Jimenez to secure the success they have.

Now, Raul Jimenez has only just returned from injury but his side are conceding goals more frequently than they have in the past. 

In their previous game, a draw against Newcastle, Wolves took the lead deservedly, though they were pegged back later on. Their inability to hold onto a victory will harm them this season unless they put it right.

At the back, they have lost Coady to Everton on loan, while Wilfried Boly has made his desire to leave the club clear. 

Bournemouth could be the perfect opposition for them to play next, with the Cherries having to recover from such a large defeat.

Can Wolves kick-start their season with their first win here?

Star Man – Raul Jimenez

Still waiting for his first goal of the season, but it won’t take a player of his calibre long. His quality has been missed at the top end of the pitch.

     Can Bournemouth recover from disastrous defeat to Liverpool?

     Possession will be evenly shared

     First goal will be crucial

In this game particularly, the team that scores first will take a great deal of confidence.

Wolves are in desperate need of goals after their poor start to the season, while Bournemouth need to recover from a thrashing in their last game.

Although Bournemouth are at home, Wolves have the better players and are favourites to make their quality count here.

Wolves to win 1-0

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Author: Ross B.