Bournemouth host Blackburn at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday at 3pm in the Championship.
It’s a new era for the Cherries as they look to learn how to live without their long-serving former manager Eddie Howe. Howe’s former assistant Jason Tindall has taken the reigns, overseeing a mini-exodus with Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake and Aaron Ramsdale leaving the club.
The visitors have had a much quieter time of things as they look to build on consecutive sixty-plus-point campaigns and break into the play-offs under Tony Mowbray.
At odds-on the hosts are perhaps a little short at 19/20 to win the match, with the draw 5/2 and a Blackburn win 29/10.
It’s not a price I’d personally be backing given the amount of upheaval at Bournemouth and how consistent Blackburn have been since returning to the Championship.
Indeed, it may take Tindall time to get his new ideas across – he appears to favour a back five, for example, which Howe rarely utilised – whereas Mowbray’s players already know exactly what is demanded of them.
Moreover, the hosts are without Josh King, who was injured on international duty.
The Norway striker has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League and may have played his last game for the club. Fellow striker Sam Surridge and club captain Steve Cook are also injury doubts.
Bradley Dack and Sam Gallagher are injury free for the visitors but are lacking match fitness and unlikely to start.
I can definitely see both teams scoring here with neither side being water-tight defensively at all in recent seasons. It’s 4/5 (bet365) to land.
I’ll combine that with each side to win 1+ corner in each half and receive 10+ booking points in the match at 11/4 (SkyBet).
Referee Gavin Ward has shown each side 1+ card in 13 of his last 18 Championship games.
If you’re looking to get amongst the goalscorer markets, I do fancy Dominic Solanke to have a decent season at this level having finally shown flashes of his promise after the lockdown. He’s 21/10 to score anytime (Sky Bet), with Adam Armstrong, who was Blackburn’s top league goalscorer with sixteen strikes, 5/2 (bet365).
Should both start, both scoring anytime is 19/2 on Betfair.