Bournemouth vs Arsenal preview: How to watch on TV live stream team news & prediction
Arsenal will try to make it three consecutive wins to begin the 2022-23 Premier League season when they visit to Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Gunners have won their opening two games of the season, beating Crystal Palace and Leicester City, while Bournemouth have beaten Aston Villa and lost to Manchester City.
Bournemouth were outstanding in their return to Premier League play on August 6, securing a 2-0 win against Aston Villa, with Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore scoring against Steven Gerrard’s side, but they were dragged back down to earth by the champions last weekend.
Man City defeated Scott Parker’s team 4-0 in Manchester, but the newly promoted side will not be reading too much into the result because these are not the sort of games that will define their season.
The Cherries have a busy and challenging month ahead of them, with three more Premier League games against Arsenal, Liverpool, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as the start of their EFL Cup campaign away to Championship side Norwich City next week.
Bournemouth have only only beaten Arsenal in the Premier League once, a 2-1 victory in January 2018, but they did keep the Gunners to a 1-1 draw when the two last played in the league in December 2019.
Parker’s side earned a return to the top level by coming second in the Championship behind Fulham last season, and survival in the Premier League will be their major goal this season.
Arsenal lost out on a top-four finish in the Premier League last season, finishing fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, thus they will compete in the Europa League rather than the Champions League this season.
The Gunners, on the other hand, appear to be a team capable of finishing in the top four this season, having begun their campaign with two convincing victories against Palace and Leicester.
Mikel Arteta’s team triumphed 2-0 against Crystal Palace on the first night of the season before defeating Leicester 4-2 the following weekend, with new acquisition Gabriel Jesus scoring twice, and the Brazil international has definitely struck the ground running for the North London club.
Arsenal will not be overjoyed with their recent results, but a win on Saturday would put them in a good position for back-to-back home games against Fulham and Aston Villa, followed by a trip to Manchester United at the start of September.
The Gunners have already won their previous eight matches, including pre-season results, so it is fair to say that confidence is high, and Bournemouth will undoubtedly need to be at their best on Saturday to come away with a victory.
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How to watch Bournemouth vs Arsenal
When is kick-off? Saturday 20 August
What time is kick-off? 17:30 (BST)
Where is it played? Vitality Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports (UK), fuboTV (Canada), NBC Sports (US)
Referee? Craig Pawson
Bournemouth manager Parker stated during Thursday’s news conference that he will make a late decision on Dominic Solanke, who missed last weekend’s game against Manchester City due to a foot injury.
The striker has been labelled by his boss as a “maybe,” although the Cherries will be missing summer arrivals Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell due to injuries.
However, new signing Marcos Senesi is set to make his debut for the club, while Jordan Zemura is ready for selection after recuperating from COVID-19.
Arsenal will be without Reiss Nelson owing to a hamstring injury, while Fabio Vieira, who played for the Under-21s on Wednesday, is not yet ready to make his first-team debut.
The Gunners are generally in great form, and it would not be surprising to see Arteta stick with the starting lineup that has excelled so far this season. As a result, Ben White is expected to keep his spot at right back, while Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Martinelli are expected to back up Jesus, leaving Emile Smith Rowe on the bench.
Bournemouth possible lineup:
Travers, Lerma, Senesi, Kelly, Smith, Cook, Billing, Zemura, Tavernier, Moore, Solanke
Arsenal possible lineup:
Ben White, Saliba, Gabriel,
Zinchenko, Thomas Partey, Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Odegaard,
Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus
We expect Arsenal to win this game based on their strong team and their current form, they look seriously more hungry this season.
In this match the gunners should be able to keep a clean sheet and the prediction is Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal at full time.