Cardiff City vs Bournemouth
|Date & Time||Saturday August 11, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Bournemouth -106 / Draw +250 / Cardiff City + 275 -- Over/Under: 2.5
The new English Premier League season starts for Bournemouth and Cardiff City as they play each other in the opening round at Vitality Stadium. Both teams will be fighting to survive relegation this season so they will know the importance of winning this game, even this early in the calendar. This scenario should ensure that we get a great game of football.
Bournemouth have been impressive over the past few seasons and have silenced many critics to still remain in the English Premier League. Much of the success for Bournemouth is due to their amazing home record. The Cherries have been very hard to beat at Vitality Stadium and the team will hope for that record to continue since it will be vital for their survival. It has been a quiet transfer window for Bournemouth but there are rumors that Jefferson Lerma might join the club which will be a huge signing if it happens. This is going to be a great chance for Bournemouth to start their season with a win and it will be interesting to see if that happens.
Cardiff City, on the other hand, will be very excited about this game since it marks their return to the English Premier League. This side was very impressive last season in the League Championship and the team will be desperate to ensure they can use that form this season. Cardiff City have had a horrible transfer window with all of their targets deciding to not sign with the club. This has left the team in a tricky situation and it will be interesting to see how the manager handles it.
All in all, I am going to predict that Bournemouth wins this game. While the two teams are quite even on talent and skill, the home ground advantage should be enough to give the Cherries a win. We are getting a good price to wager on Bournemouth winning so that is the wager which I am going to suggest we make.