Norwich vs Bournemouth by Shibby
The International break is now over hence the return of the Premier League, Hurraaaaay! So the first tip of the weekend I'll be posting is between the new boys, Norwich and Bournemouth. The game will be played at Carrow Road and will kick off at 15:00.
Both teams head into the game mid-table, which I'm sure come the end of the season both would take. The Hosts Norwich head into the game on the back of a poor display away at Southampton (30/08/2015). The main reason for this defeat was the fact that defender Steven Whittaker was issued with 2 yellow cards within the first 30 minutes, which he obviously saw red for. This killed the game in my opinion as it was still 0-0 at the time he got his red. Southampton then obviously kept the ball really well and possession and persistence was key. They finally broke the deadlock in the 46th minute (first half) when Pelle scored. From then on there was only going to be one team who would win the game, a double from the forgotten man Tadic sealed the win and ensured that Norwich came away from St Mary's with nothing. Norwich have impressed me personally this season so far, I've always admired their attacking abilities as I've seen them play the Millers on several occasions over the past few years. This season has been no different, manager Alex Neil has done a great job at Norwich and his players seem to be performing for him. Prior to their defeat at Southampton, Norwich were hitting a little bit of form, they went 3 games unbeaten (league and cup), this saw victories over Sunderland and Rotherham and they also held Stoke to a 1-1 draw.
Norwich didn't really bring anyone in during the transfer window, however, they did manage a couple of loan signings. They've captured Matt Jarvis from West Ham and Mbokani from Kiev. I've seen this guy play several times over the past few years and I've always been impressed, his style of play reminders me of how the great Didier Drogba plays. I think he is a great addition and will bring goals for sure.
The visitors, Bournemouth have also started life in the Premier League very well. They, like Norwich have managed 4 points from their first 4 games. Bournemouth were quite unlucky in their first 2 league games and lost to Villa and Liverpool (both ended 1-0). Their games after that is when they realised they needed to play the football they were used to from the Championship, attack attack attack. They changed the way in which they played and have been impressive since.
They beat West Ham away 4-3 here Wilson bagged a hatrick and showed us all what he is capable of. Bournemouth did well to hold on for the win, however, this game showed me that they will concede goals in this league, however, they are also very capable of hitting the next themselves. They also beat Hartlepool away from home in the cup 4-0 with a very weakened XI which shows their strength in depth throughout the squad.
Their last game was a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City, which in all honesty they were unlucky not to get all 3 points. Wilson again gave Bournemouth the lead, however, an 86th minute Jamie Vardy penalty gave Leicester a 1-1 draw. I was particularly happy with this as I had backed them BTTS myself. Like Norwich, Bournemouth also made a few additional signings. They brought in work horse Glenn Murray from Palace for around £5m. I'm a big fan of Murray and I think he works so hard that he will always get you goals, he could be a great signing and could see Bournemouth remain in the Premier League if he hit's the level he is capable of. A win for either club could potentially see them move into 5th place, which would be a great motivational tool for either team.
Therefore, I think we will see goals, I fancy the game to end in a draw, I like 1-1, however, I'll back BTTS as I think both defences have errors in them and with the attacking quality on offer to both clubs I think BTTS at a price of 1.77 with 10Bet offers value. Good luck all.