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Bournemouth vs Stoke: Fruitful run to continue for Cherries

Bournemouth vs Stoke Match Preview and Predictions

Bournemouth host Stoke on Saturday six games unbeaten after producing what Eddie Howe described as the "best result" of his managerial career.

The Cherries defeated champions Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to follow up their 2-1 win against Arsenal and are now 14/1 to go down despite being just five points off the relegation zone.

Stoke remain unbeaten under Paul Lambert and are yet to concede following a goalless draw against Watford. The Potters are 27/10 to win at the Vitality Stadium.

Match-up history

Howe made no signings during the transfer window and his faith was rewarded in west London with a win which moved Bournemouth into the top half of the table.

The Cherries are unbeaten against Stoke in their last three, winning both games on the road, and the form graphic demonstrates they have a superior expected goals record despite facing two top-six sides.

With form and history on the Cherries' side, the first of our free football tips is for Bournemouth to win at 21/20.

Team news

Bournemouth have no new injury concerns ahead of the clash with Stoke, who could hand a debut to Badou Ndiaye.

The Senegal international became the club's fourth most expensive signing following a £14million move from Galatasaray.

Match facts

Bournemouth have been amongst the goals recently with 13 in their last six games which clearly dwarfs Stoke's return of just three over the same period.

However, the form graphic shows Bournemouth have been overperforming with an xG of 10.1, while the opposite is true for the Potters who should have been scoring around 1.2 goals a game.

The Cherries' 3-0 win at Chelsea ended a run of five games which saw goals at both ends, so the next of our Bournemouth vs Stoke predictions is for a home win and both teams to score at 29/10.

Between 2-3 goals also catches the eye at 21/20. Four of Bournemouth's last five matches have finished that way as have three of Stoke's last four in all competitions.

Finally, we like the look of Junior Stanislas to open the scoring at 7/1. The midfielder scored on his return from injury on Wednesday and has scored in his last two matches against Stoke.

Betting tips and predictions

Bournemouth to beat Stoke @ 21/20

Bournemouth to beat Stoke and both teams to score @ 29/10

Total goals between 2-3 @ 21/20

Junior Stanislas to score first @ 7/1

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football