Swansea City vs Bournemouth
|Date & Time||Saturday March 12, 2016, 10:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Bournemouth 19/20 Draw 5/2 Swansea City 10/3
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A battle sure to be worth tuning in for at the Viatality Stadium will be the visit of Swansea to Bournemouth. Swansea were in deep trouble seven games ago and looked destined for the drop. A run of four wins a draw and two losses have seen Swansea open up a nine point gap to the bottom three and with just nine games to go surely that will be too much for the bottom three to overcome. Key men for the Swans are Ayew, Gomis and Sigurddson who between them have scored 21 of Swansea's 24 goals this season. When Swansea let manager Gary Monk go many said the club was crazy but things were just not going right for the former Swansea player and the calming influence of new manager Guidolin seems to have done the trick. Swansea are about seven points from guaranteeing themselves safety and three points at Bournemouth on Saturday would be a massive step in the right direction.
Bournemouth will be looking to continue their winning ways and stay eleven points ahead of the drop zone. A loss here to Swansea would see them drop below the Swans but all in all Bouremouth have to be happy enough with their first season in the Premier League. Injuries to key striker Wilson along with midfielder Max Gradel and center back Tyrone Mings has seen the club play most of it's season without three of it's most influential and best players. Bournemouth were clever in the January window though and the signing of Afobe seems to have been one of the best bits of business done by a Premer League club as the former Arsenal and Wolves front man has scored four in nine appearances and they have been important goals firing Bournemouth to victory in three of those games and salvaging a vital point at Sunderland with the fourth.
Both of these teams could do with a few more points and both are actually playing quite well at the moment. I think Bournemouth deserve favouritism at home but Swansea are tough to break down, Guidolin has the team playing with belief and I think that Swansea will take something from this game. Taking Swansea +1 on the handicap here looks a smart move. With the pace of Ayew and Routledge on the counter attack Swansea could well nick this one but taking the goal headstart is the smart move here.