Kick-off: 1500, 10/08/2019
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth began last season by beating Premier League newcomers Cardiff and have been handed another nice start when hosting Sheffield United.
Just like the Bluebirds were at this stage 12 months ago, the Blades are odds-on favourites to go straight back down to the Championship.
We’re happy to snap up 19/20 for a home win with our first Bournemouth vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
After winning six of their first 10 top-flight fixtures, Bournemouth underachieved somewhat in finishing 14th, with inconsistency the main issue.
During the second half of the campaign, the Cherries claimed notable wins over Chelsea and Tottenham on home turf, but also lost to Fulham and Burnley here.
Eddie Howe will be keen to address that problem and seeing off the Blades in convincing fashion would be a statement of intent.
Tying England striker Callum Wilson down to a new four-year contract was a summer boost and Howe has added some promising young players to his squad.
Lloyd Kelly has come in from Bristol City for £13million, while Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing cost £15m.
Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma has arrived from Club Bruges for €15m and Liverpool winger Harry Wilson looks an exciting loan signing after shining for Derby last term.
“With the style of play that Bournemouth are likely to play, I feel that I can fit right in and help the team a lot,” said Wilson.
Injuries to David Brooks and Dan Gosling in midfield are unfortunate, but 12/5 for a home win by more than one goal still stands out from the Bournemouth vs Sheff Utd odds.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
The last time Sheffield United met Bournemouth was in 2013, when both teams were in League One, but the Blades are now back in the top tier after a 12-year absence.
They only lost one of their last 18 matches when finishing as runners-up in the Championship, five points adrift of Norwich but six clear of Leeds in third.
Veteran strikers Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick fired in 38 of the 78 goals scored during that campaign, but whether they have the quality to be effective at this level is questionable.
Giving LMA manager of the year Chris Wilder a fresh three-year contract sends out the right signals, though, and United have not been shy of spending money.
The capture of Lys Mousset from Bournemouth cost £10m and he will be keen to show he should have been given more of a chance to shine at Vitality Stadium.
Oli McBurnie’s fee could rise to as much as £20m if the Scotland striker replicates the scoring success he had at Swansea, while Preston forward Callum Robinson is another new attacking threat.
“We need options at the top of the pitch and I’m delighted with the transfer business over the summer,” beamed Wilder.
QPR midfielder Luke Freeman and Everton defender Phil Jagielka look shrewd recruits, while taking a punt on former Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison shows the Blades are not going to go back down without a fight.
Wilder will urge his players to be attack-minded whenever possible, so there are sure to be some memorable moments this term.
However, this a tricky test to start with and we are going with a 3-1 home win at 27/2 to complete our Bournemouth vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
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