Aston Villa vs Bournemouth: Team news, preview, betting prediction

Bournemouth players celebrate goal

Aston Villa vs Bournemouth
Saturday 17th August
Villa Park

Team news

Jonathan Kodjia will not be available for Aston Villa striker is expected to be out for around 10days. Kortney Hause is also ruled out for Villa.

A hamstring injury during pre-season is also keeping James Chester on the sidelines for Dean Smith's side.

New signing Arnaut Danjuma is not available for selection as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

Midfielders Andrew Surman and Harry Wilson are both available, but defender Lloyd Kelly (ankle) is not yet match-fit.

But Eddie Howe can select midfielders Andrew Surman and Harry Wilson as they are both back to fitness, but Defender Lloyd Kelly continues his recovery from ankle injury.

Lewis cook, Dan Gosling and David Brooks are still out with Simon Francis and Junior Stanislas also unavilable for selection.

@Komptrolla's Prediction and betting tip

Aston Villa will play at home for the first time since their return to the top flight and it definitely would be a classic against the Bournemouth.

The cherries were held by Sheffield on day one and much to the surprise of many but they have to respond at Villa Park.

Speaking of response, Aston Villa fought very hard at Spurs and even scored first, but the fire powers of Harry Kane and teammates came too heavy for them in the second half.

They have to start their survival battle early, they don’t want to return to the depressing championship so early.

Verdict: Villa to win or draw

Player to watch: Jack Grealish

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