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3 reasons Bournemouth can beat Leicester City

Saturday 30th September 2017
Bournemouth welcome Leicester City to Dean Court in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Eddie Howe's side are slim favourites to come out on top.

However, Bournemouth haven't had the best start to the new season and the pressure is building for them to climb out of the relegation zone.
The Cherries may take hope from Leicester's equally poor start, coupled with their home advantage, and could well pick up all three points this weekend.

Leicester are notoriously poor travellers

Craig Shakespeare's side are currently 17th in the Premier League table, with four points from six games this season. They are also coming off the back of three defeats from their previous four outings. The Foxes have fared even worse on the road, picking up just one point from their last three league games away from home, and could be vulnerable as a result.

Last season, Leicester picked up just two league wins on the road, suffering thirteen defeats and drawing four. The 2015/16 Premier League champions have only won two of their last 24 games as visitors - a surprising record considering Leicester's counter-attacking style. Shakespeare has a big task in turning the Midlands club into happy travellers.

Bournemouth will be hoping to take advantage, given their home form has been a rare positive during a difficult few months. The Cherries will also take hope from their four-game unbeaten head-to-head record with Leicester, as they bid to correct their woeful start to 2017/18.

Bournemouth are strong at Dean Court

Eddie Howe's side find themselves 19th in the division, with just three points from a possible 18, but they are coming off the back of a home win. The south coast club have heavily relied upon their home form in the last 12 months, picking up 31 of their 46 points (67%) at Dean Court.

Bournemouth won more games on home soil than Manchester United last season - and only six clubs (Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City) scored more goals in front of their own supporters than the Cherries.
Howe's men have pulled off some impressive scalps at Dean Court since the start of the 2016/17 season: beating Everton and Liverpool, while drawing with Tottenham and Arsenal.

Leicester's poor defensive record could help goal-shy Bournemouth

Bournemouth's problems have been in front of goal this season, but that could change when they come up against Leicester. City's slow and ageing backline has been porous in the Premier League and may struggle to contain their opponents as a result.
Leicester have conceded twelve goals from six games this season, keeping just one clean sheet for their troubles. With the defensive line featuring players who are aged 30 and above (Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson, coupled with the limited Harry Maguire), the Foxes don't have much athleticism in defence, meaning they are susceptible to being caught on the counter.

It's why Shakespeare keeps defence deep and compact, to limit being given the run around by pacey opponents. However, if Bournemouth can turnover possession and utilise the excessive pace of their forwards, they could well pick up all three points this weekend.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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