Bournemouth and Aston Villa recap: The newly promoted Cherries caused a big upset on the opening day of the 2022–23 Premier League season when they beat Villa 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
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Jefferson Lerma opened the scoring just two minutes later and Kieffer Moore ended the game with a second in the 80th minute. Aston Villa had the lion’s share of possession and shooting, but only scored two goals on Scott Parker’s almost unthreatening side.
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All credit goes to Bournemouth who conceded 65 goals (3rd) the last time they were in the Premier League (2019–20) and to Parker for how the Cherries defended and made Saturday’s game so smooth as possible. . Three centre-backs, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly and Lerma, got into the box just in time (with 27 clearances between them) as they sat deep and the ball was surrounded by a mass of red shirts.
Tyrone Mings pulled out as Steven Gerrard took a hard line
When asked why the ubiquitous Tyrone Mings (36 Premier League starts in each of the last two seasons) wasn’t in the starting lineup on Saturday, Steven Gerrard replied somewhat cryptically but dangled just enough to 1) paint a picture of what’s between not all is well with the player and manager, but more importantly 2) publicly challenge the now former captain to see how he would react.
Lloyd Kelly – The Bournemouth left centre-back was just as busy in defense as anyone else, but the 23-year-old also managed to get an assist on goal #1. 2.
Lucas Digne – The Aston Villa left-back was sharp with passes and crosses, often at the heart of his team’s best attacking chances, but that’s partly because the Cherries were clogging the center defensively and forcing everyone to play wide.
Bournemouth’s next probably won’t be another 2-0 win as they travel to the north west to face two-time defending champions Manchester City.
As for Aston Villa, Gerrard and company will try to rectify the situation when Frank Lampard and Everton visit Villa Park on Saturday.
Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa: Cherries cause disappointment on opening day originally appeared on NBCSports.com