(Betensured)The Premier League (PL) returns from the international break and Saturday’s action pitches under-pressure Bournemouth (17th) against over-achieving Huddersfield (10th) in the first-ever meeting of the sides in the top flight. They did, however, play 4 times in the Championship (last encounter Feb ‘15) with Bournemouth (W2 D1 L1) just coming out on top.
Bournemouth (10 pts, W3 D1 L7) have done well to pick up form (2 wins in last 3 matches) after a disastrous start to the season (four straight losses). Their home form (W1 D1 L3) is a concern although 2 of their losses were against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Huddersfield (15 pts, W4 D3 L4) are one of the surprise teams this season and after a brief lull, have picked up pace again in the last 3 matches (W 2 L1). However, their away form remains dicey (W1 D1 L3).
Both sides struggle to score goals with Bournemouth (7 goals) the joint-second lowest scorers in the PL while Huddersfield (8 goals) are the third lowest.
Bournemouth have failed to score in 60% of their home games while Huddersfield have failed to find the net in 80% of their away games in the PL this season.
Bournemouth have never gone 3 matches in a row in the PL without scoring at home and are in danger of setting a new precedent.
A revived Leicester face the runaway league leaders from Manchester in this game. The home side have found their stride and are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League (PL) games, after suffering 4 defeats in their first 6 matches.
Manchester City are breaking records left, right and centre at the moment. Since the 5th of April, the Citizens have played 27 games, winning 20 and drawing 7! Virtually unstoppable so far in the PL, they have won 10 of 11 so far, scoring a staggering 38 goals (3.45 goals per match on average).
Although City are superior in the scored goals department, the teams share a penchant for goals in their matches – only 2 of 22 matches involving these teams have ended with under 1.5 goals.
Sergio Aguero, who recently became Manchester City’s all time top scorer, continued his fine form with another goal against Arsenal before the international break… where he scored goal no. 35 for Argentina, putting him above Diego Maradona in the national scoring charts! Naturally, he is the PL top scorer at the moment, with 8 goals.