Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round
Venue: Villa Park – Sunday, January 25 – 15:00
Odds: Aston Villa 13/10 – Draw 23/10 – Bournemouth 21/10
Aston Villa welcome AFC Bournemouth to Villa Park in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon in what should be a thriller, with a high chance of a cup upset.
Villa are struggling in the Premier League once again and are the division’s lowest scorers with just 11 in 22 this season. They sit in 15th place and are without a league win in seven.
Aston Villa home record in all competitions: Played 13 – Won 4 – Drawn 2 – Lost 7
On the other hand, Bournemouth are flying high in the Championship and sit top of the pile after 27 games. They have lost two of their last three however and failed to score for just the third time in the league this season in Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss at Leeds.
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The Cherries are the Championship’s top scoring side (57) and have been incredible away from home, winning eight of their 14 in the league – also the best record in the division.
Bournemouth’s away record in all competitions: Played 17 – Won 11 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3
Eddie Howe’s side beat Rotherham United 5-1 away from home in the third round of the FA Cup earlier this month and will be confident of progressing against the Villains on Sunday.
Aston Villa beat Blackpool 1-0 in the last round but that is the only goal Paul Lambert’s side have scored in six.
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He will hope that they can their turn their fortunes around against Championship opposition again but this will be a real test for the seven-time FA Cup winners.
This will be just the fifth meeting between the two sides, and the first in 27 years. Villa have won two of the previous four games, while Bournemouth have only beaten Villa once in their history – a 3-0 win back in 1971.
Aston Villa’s last five in all competitions: D/D/W/L/L
Bournemouth’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/L
Key Stat: To goal or not to goal – Aston Villa are the lowest scoring side (11) in the top four tiers of English football, while Bournemouth are the top scorers (57) of all the Football League and Premier League clubs in England.
Key Player: Matt Ritchie – The Bournemouth playmaker has been in fine form this season, scoring seven goals and picking up 11 assists in 27 appearances. Expect him to be at the heart of the Cherries’ attacking play.
Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth Prediction: Aston Villa 0 – 2 AFC Bournemouth