Wolves vs Bournemouth – Betting Preview
The Premier League’s struggle for survival is intensifying when Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bournemouth square off at Molineux on Saturday.
In spite of going down early on during their weekend trip to Southampton, Julen Lopetegui’s resurgent team rallied for a decisive 2-1 victory at St Mary’s.
Wolves are striving to make Premier League history by becoming the first team to secure a top-half finish despite spending Christmas at the bottom thanks to the Spanish manager’s high expectations.
Wolves are back at Molineux for the first time since humiliating Liverpool 3-0, and if they can defeat the struggling visitors once more, they might finish the round as high as 12th.
Wolves have improved their record, and now they have a chance to make league history after defeating West Ham United and Liverpool 4-0 overall in their past two home games.
Motivation should be high this weekend as the hosts have a chance to win three straight Premier League games at home without giving up a goal for the first time since 1969.
Last Saturday, Bournemouth scored first against top-four contenders Newcastle United, but ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home, extending their wasteful winless league streak to seven games (D2, L5).
The Cherries scored just twice in those seven games, and Marcos Senesi’s game-ending goal at Vitality Stadium last time out highlighted the front line as the team’s weakest area.
Given their ponderous form, Gary O’Neil’s men should consider themselves lucky for commencing this round only one point adrift of safety, as the 39-year-old reportedly leads the sack race.
Bournemouth will probably not be satisfied with their scoring Premier League performance at Molineux in the twenty-first century as they seek their first-ever away win over Wolves in the league after five unsuccessful efforts (D2, L3) (L2).
However, the Cherries appear doomed well before the game even begins after losing six straight away league games, including the last four without scoring.
O’Neil’s primary priority is to deal with Bournemouth’s travel sickness, especially given that his squad enters this round as one of just three groups who have not yet recorded a league shutout on hostile ground in any of England’s top four divisions.
1×2 Betting Odds
It’s too soon to talk about a scorching form, but Wolverhampton’s first back-to-back league victories this year must have lifted their spirits ahead of this game.
We firmly back Wolves to make history on Saturday and potentially put the final nail in O’Neil’s coffin at Bournemouth!
Wolves to win stands @ 1.76. they are the market favourites.
The visitors’ woeful scoring form doesn’t help their chance much, as they are massive underdogs in this @ 6.00.
The possiiltiy of a stalemate and points shared, stands @ 3.95.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.15.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.82.
Given the away side’s scoring woes, it a safe prediction to make that not many goals will be seen in this one!
Wolves will probably do enough to earn all three points in comfort!