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Bournemouth vs Burnley preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:21, 19 December 2019

Bournemouth and Burnley managed to end their poor runs of form last weekend, beating Chelsea and Newcastle United respectively.

Now the focus of both sides will be to pull further away from danger over the festive period and perhaps push into the top half of the table.

Saturday’s meeting certainly makes for an interesting contest with both sides having gathered momentum ahead of what could be an edgy encounter.

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, possible XIs and more.

When is Bournemouth vs Burnley and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: The Vitality Stadium

Date: Saturday, 21 December 2019

Kick-off: 3.00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Bournemouth vs Burnley

06 April 2019: Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley (Premier League)

22 September 2018: Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth (Premier League)

13 May 2018: Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth (Premier League)

29 November 2017: Bournemouth 1-2 Burnley (Premier League)

13 May 2017: Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Bournemouth (LLWLW) 6-11 Burnley (WWLWL)

Ones to watch

Bournemouth: Philip Billing

An ever-changing back four due to injury means Bournemouth’s defence needs protection from the midfield. And there are few better players at providing that than Philip Billing.

The former Huddersfield Town midfielder often doesn’t look like he’s doing much, but his defensive numbers prove why he has been a regular starter since joining in the summer. He has a big role to play on Saturday.

Key stat: Billing has made more tackles (35) and interceptions (41) than any other Bournemouth player in the Premier League this season.

Burnley: Dwight McNeil

One player who will be looking to take advantage of Bournemouth’s defensive injury crisis is Dwight McNeil, who has the ability to swing in excellent crosses on a consistent basis.

Jack Stacey is likely to start at right-back again for the hosts, and he will have to be constantly aware of where McNeil is to prevent his accurate deliveries from resulting in chances.

Key stat: McNeil has created 23 chances in the Premier League this season, more than any Bournemouth or Burnley player.

Team news


Nathan Ake, Steve Cook, Adam Smith, David Brooks, Lloyd Kelly, Charlie Daniels and Harry Wilson are all still out with injuries. Callum Wilson is also a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Stacey, Francis, Mepham, Diego Rico; Cook, Billing, Lerma, Gosling; Fraser, King.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson is not quite ready to return to first-team action and will likely feature for the developmental squad.

Ben Gibson is also unlikely to travel to Bournemouth, while Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood missed training on Thursday and need to be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Predicted XI: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Rodriguez.

Squawka prediction

Home advantage could play a big part in a meeting between two teams difficult to separate. Bournemouth might be on slightly more of a high than Burnley given their win at Chelsea last weekend, but it’s unlikely to be a high-scoring affair at the Vitality. The Cherries should just about edge it.

Scoreline prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley