Aston Villa visits Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon to kick off their first Premier League season since 2020.
Bournemouth’s first Premier League match was also at home against Villa in 2015. Steven Gerrard was still playing at the time, but he is set to face former England teammate Scott Parker from the dugout in his first full season as manager of the Midlands giants.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game on Saturday.
Where is Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa taking place?
The Vitality Stadium is located in Bournemouth, England.
Time of kick-off: 15:00 BST / 10:00 EST / 07:00 PST
Michael Salisbury, VAR
Peter Bankes is the referee.
Where in the UK can you watch Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa?
BT Sport Score is a channel (Studio Updates Only)
BBC Channel Final Score (Studio Updates Only)
Time of broadcast: 15:00 (BST)
In the United States, where can you watch Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa?
Peacock Premium Streaming Service
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
PST broadcast time: 07:00
In Canada, where can you watch Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa?
fuboTV Canada is a streaming service.
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Where can you watch the highlights of Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa?
Sky Sports Football (channel)
BBC Match of the Day channel
Sky Football’s YouTube channel
H2H Outcomes (Last Five Games)
Bournemouth: 3 victories
Aston Villa: 2 victories
Drawings: 0 Drawings
Formalized Form (Last Five Games)
Aston Villa: WWWDW
News about the Bournemouth team
Bournemouth hasn’t had the busiest off-season, and their first two signings of the summer, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks are expected to miss the opening weekend due to niggling injuries picked up at the end of July.
Parker emphasized the importance of “treading carefully” with David Brooks after the winger announced his cancer-free status in May.
The frustrated Bournemouth manager has expressed a desire to field a back-three for the upcoming season but has only three senior center-backs to choose from due to the club’s lack of market activity.
Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth predicted lineup
Bournemouth Beginning at 11: Travers; Mepham, Hill, Kelly; Smith, Cook, Lerma, Tavernier; Christie, Solanke, Anthony; Christie, Solanke, Anthony Bench: Dennis, Zemura, Stacey, Billing, Stanislas, Moore, Bevan
Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth team news
Gerrard has the luxury of starting the new season with a largely injury-free squad. Kortney Hause isn’t expected to return until the end of August at the earliest, following minor knee surgery in July.
Summer signing Diego Carlos could make his professional debut at center-back for the visiting Villa fans.
Aston Villa’s predicted starting lineup vs. Bournemouth
Villa Park Beginning at 11: Martinez; McGinn, Kamara, Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins, Coutinho; Cash, Konsa, Carlos, Digne;
Bench players include Olsen, Young, Iroegbunam, Augustinsson, Luiz, Ings, and Archer.
Score prediction for Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa
Parker’s admission that his team is “way short of where we need to be” a week before the start of the new Premier League season did not exactly fill Bournemouth fans with hope.
While Parker is still waiting (hoping, praying) for reinforcements, Gerrard can take pride in his recruitment department’s “front foot” approach, which brought Villa’s new arrivals to the Midlands early in the window.
The transfer strategies of each team will not be the only factors in this match, but Villa’s proactive work only serves to strengthen a mid-table Premier League side that is favored against a team that is weakened compared to its Championship success.
Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth prediction
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