Burnley vs Bournemouth EPL Picks & Predictions 12/21/2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Vitality Stadium is the venue where Joshua King and Bournemouth (5-4-8, 14th in EPL) will play Burnley (6-3-8, 12th in EPL) on Saturday. The goalkeepers expected to start are Nick Pope for Burnley and Aaron Ramsdale for Bournemouth. Burnley are at at +241 while the Cherries are at +119. The total has been set at 2.5.
Burnley comes into this matchup with a record of 6 wins, 3 draws, and 8 losses ranking them 12th in EPL. So far this year, they have earned a total of 21 goals which has them ranked at 10th in the EPL. Their goal differential is -7, ranking them 14th in the EPL. In connection with shots on target, they currently have a total of 65 which has them ranked at 15th in the EPL. As a unit, Burnley has a total of 181 fouls which has them averaging 10.6 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 21 points for 2019 and they have an average attendance of 20,317.
Ashley Barnes is one of the standout players to watch for the Clarets. The forward from Austria has appeared in 373 games in his professional soccer career and has totaled 24,199 mins. During that period of time, the 29-year-old has tallied 95 goals and has had an assist on 22 goals. For his career he is averaging 64.9 minutes per game. Barnes has started 268 games and has a total of 530 fouls over the course of that time. In terms of shots on target, Barnes has produced 255 which has him ranking 29th when compared to all players still active and 19th among forwards. Chris Wood is another scorer to watch out for on the team from Burnley. The 27-year-old from New Zealand has tallied 114 goals over the course of his professional soccer career which has him sitting in 12th when compared to active players in the Premier League. He has played 21,880 minutes over the course of his professional soccer career which has him sitting in 16th among active forwards and averages 64.5 mins per appearance which has him sitting in 225th in the Premier League. Over the course of his career, he has earned 274 shots on target which has him sitting in 17th among active forwards.
In goal for the Clarets is Nick Pope from England. He has played 12,699 mins defending the net in his career. Pope has surrendered 1.05 goals per 90 mins which places him at 6th out of all active goalies in EPL. During his time playing professional soccer, he's allowed 148 goals. He's earned a career save percentage of .748 which places him at 3rd among active professional goalies.
Bournemouth is the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 5 wins, 4 draws, and 8 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are currently ranked 12th in the EPL with -5. They have compiled a total of 19 goals for the year. Bournemouth has a save % as a team of .718 which currently has them ranked 8th in the EPL, meaning scoring chances may be limited. They are averaging an attendance of 10,632 which is good for 20th in the EPL.
One of the guys to remember for the Cherries is Joshua King. The 27 year-old has delivered 51 balls past the goalie in his career. He is sitting at 40th among active forwards in assists with 21 and has 160 shots on target. He has played a total of 16,057 mins and holds an average of 66.9 mins per game. Another player to keep an eye on for this squad is Ryan Fraser. The midfielder from Scotland has netted 24 goals in his professional soccer career which has him ranked 54th among active midfielders. He also has committed 83 fouls.
In net for the Cherries is Aaron Ramsdale who has had a bad career by surrendering 1.48 goals per 90 minutes and that ranks him 25th in professional soccer. In the 5,040 minutes he has been on the field as a goaltender in his career, he's given up 83 goals. He has a career save percentage of .546 which places him at 26th among all goalies still active in professional soccer.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Burnley (+241)
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