Bournemouth hosts Arsenal in the English FA Cup 1/16 finals. The match will be played on Monday, January 27th at Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth’s affairs in the Premier League are close to catastrophic. The men of Eddie Howe are in the relegation zone, and they will probably go down to the lower division together with Norwich and some third team. In the current season, the Cherries scored only 23 points in 24 games, and apart from Norwich, this is the worst result in the league. In the last round of the cup, the Cherries were lucky to get to the low-level Luton Town and confidently won. Now Howe’s players will have to restrain Arsenal's attacks continuously, and they are unlikely to cope with this. The attack is also bad, and Wilson and the company are unlikely to succeed in scoring. But the defense has obvious problems, Bournemouth concedes a lot, and Arsenal will probably upset Ramsdale 2-3 times with such players in the attack as Arteta has.
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Arsenal is located on the border tenth line, having 30 points scored. In 20 matches, the Gunners played a draw 12 times. Under Arsene Wenger, I probably won’t even remember such a peaceful London club. But the realities are that - Mikel Arteta builds his game, and it is primarily aimed at the result. The Gunners look good in the last matches - they beat Manchester United and Leeds, and the last three matches did not reveal the winner. Draws were recorded in matches with Crystal Palace, Sheffield, and Chelsea. So given a priori a stronger squad, class differences and recent results, I conclude that Arsenal must gain victory.
Quotes of bookmakers are logical and set correctly. Almost four for the victory of the hosts is a real reflection of the power balance. Having such performers as Lacazette, Aubameyang, Ozil, and Xaka, Arsenal doesn’t look like an underdog in this confrontation. Players are already accustomed to the requirements and game style that Arteta preaches, so the Gunners must cope with a modest Bournemouth.
Prediction for the match: Arsenal to win