It is fair to say that both Bournemouth and Leicester have had starts to this Premier League season that have not matched the hopes and expectations that they would have set themselves in the summer. It’s 19th playing host to 17th this afternoon and it already takes on the mantle of a must win game for both sides.
For Eddie Howe‘s Bournemouth it is to make sure that the rot does not continue to set in for the club which is in its third successive top flight campaign while for Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester he needs to get some more points on the board to show he is the right man for the Leicester job.
Last weekend saw the Cherries travel to Merseyside in a similar situation as Everton were sitting in 17th place themselves, they however would find their first win of the season since the opening weekend thanks to Oumar Niasse’s late winner.
The forward who was originally an outcast under Ronald Koeman when the former Southampton boss arrived at Goodison Park endeared himself to the Everton faithful with a second half cameo which saw him bag a brace of goals.
It was harsh on Bournemouth who were good value for at least a point but these are the fine margins at this particular level and the role of the dice is not landing favourably for the South Coast outfit in these first half dozen weeks of the season.
For opponents Leicester they themselves were unlucky not to get a point at home to Liverpool last Saturday evening, they were however handed the perfect opportunity in which to do so but their usual hero Jamie Vardy would prove to be the villain.
This time around, after getting wiped out by Simon Mignolet after being played through on goal the England international would step up to take the penalty. Once again he opted for power which had set him in good stead over previous weeks.
His luck would run out though as either Mignolet guessed correctly or had Vardy’s technique well scouted as he managed to keep the spot kick out and go on to help Liverpool earn all three points. A win that would be the first in September.
There must be an element of frustration for Leicester as their performances are not getting the points they perhaps deserve and they must also be ruing their fortunes with the fixture computer as they have already faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
That would indicate that they will now have a kinder run of fixtures on the horizon and that run will start today as they go up against a Bournemouth side that have only scored four goals this season with fifty percent of those coming in their solitary win over Brighton a fortnight ago.
Leicester on the other hand have scored nine goals but have a very leaky defence, they are conceding two goals a game on average and that is a situation they will have to rectify going forward. However I do think they will have the advantage this afternoon due their ability to get goals and I think it will be them who earn all three points. Away win.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) September 29, 2017