Bournemouth are back in the Premier League after just two seasons away and will be hoping to get off to the perfect start against a Villa side that they have bettered in each of the last three meetings between the two teams.
The Cherries had the joint best home record in the Championship last term, picking up 46 points from a possible 69 and Scott Parker will know the importance of getting off to a good start in the Premier League, especially at the Vitality.
Villa, on the other hand, will be looking to improve on last seasons’ disappointing 14th place finish in what will be Steven Gerrard’s first full season in charge.
The Villans have recruited well in the transfer market so far this summer, with the arrivals of Diego Carlos, Ludwig Augustinsson, Boubacar Kamara and Philippe Coutinho, who returns to Villa on a permanent deal after his successful loan spell which saw him score five goals and provide three assists in 19 Premier League appearances last term.
Can Villa finish in the top 10 in the Premier League for the first time since 2011? Stevie G will certainly be hoping so.
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Bournemouth vs Aston Villa match stats
Fresh after signing a new four-year deal, Dominic Solanke will hoping to bring last season’s Championship form into the Premier League. The former Liverpool striker found the net 29 times in just 46 appearances for the Cherries last term, with only Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (43) scoring more in his record breaking season. Averaging 1.5 shots on target per 90 at home, the forward finished the campaign with the third most shots on target at home (34) and the third most shots on target overall (61) in the Championship in 2021/22.
Jefferson Lerma has been somewhat of a card magnet during his career, reaching double figures for cards received in each of his six league campaigns, picking up 44 yellows and four reds in just 139 league appearances since signing for Bournemouth in 2018. In his two seasons in the Premier League so far, the Colombian picked up more yellow cards than any other player (23), committing 85 fouls which is the fewest to receive 20+ cards in that time.
01 Feb 2020 – Bournemouth 2-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
17 Aug 2019 – Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth – Premier League
09 Apr 2016 – Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth – Premier League
08 Aug 2015 – Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
25 Jan 2015 – Aston Villa 2-1 Bournemouth – FA Cup
Bournemouth lost their first ever Premier League game to Aston Villa in 2015, but have won each of the three games since, all by the same scoreline.
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