Kick-off: 2000, 27/01/2020
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Bournemouth and Arsenal both enjoyed positive Premier League performances in midweek and a close encounter is on the cards when they clash in the FA Cup.
These teams drew for the second time in four meetings at this venue on Boxing Day, with each side securing a 2-1 win here in between a pair of stalemates.
That all makes them hard to split, so 14/5 for a fourth-round replay to be required is our initial Bournemouth vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe no doubt breathed a sigh of relief following Tuesday’s 3-1 triumph over Brighton on home turf.
The Cherries had picked up just one point from six previous league games, that coming from the draw with the Gunners.
Howe was especially pleased to see Callum Wilson finish off his team’s scoring, ending a Premier League goal drought stretching back to September and covering almost 22 hours of play.
“He needed that goal and he took it really well,” said Howe. “It wasn’t an easy chance – he was on the run, he’s had to take it round the goalkeeper and finish from a tight angle.
“I was really pleased with the actual goal itself, but his all-round performance was very good. He ran, he worked, he looked a goal threat, so very pleased with him.”
Wilson and fellow front man Dominic Solanke did score in a 4-0 drubbing of Luton in the last round of this competition, when Philip Billing bagged a brace.
With morale boosted, more goals are anticipated here and 18/5 for a score draw is another tempting option for our Bournemouth vs Arsenal betting tips.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal have only lost one of their last eight matches following a gutsy 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners had David Luiz sent off on 26 minutes and then twice fell behind, but Gabriel Martinelli’s superb solo effort and a late Hector Bellerin strike earned them a point.
Although remaining 10th in the table, 10 points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League place, Bellerin believes new boss Mikel Arteta has made a good early impression – since starting out with a draw at Vitality Stadium.
“I think one of the most important things to be able to be confident in the game is to believe in the manager,” he said.
“I think we have all realised that if we play the way he tells us to play, we will do great things and everyone is really motivated.
“Everyone is playing for each other, everyone is running. You could see that in the last 10, 15 minutes of the game.
“We had 10 players in our box defending for their lives. That is what it is about.”
The Gunners have now drawn 15 times this season in all competitions, seven of which have ended 2-2, while six finished 1-1.
Looking at the Bournemouth vs Arsenal odds, the values lies with these teams equally sharing four goals at 25/2.
BOURNEMOUTH 3-1 Brighton – Harry Wilson, Pascal Gross (og), Callum Wilson
Chelsea 2-2 ARSENAL – Gabriel Martinelli, Hector Bellerin
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth, Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal
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