Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa are looking to take the next steps towards a European location when they visit the newly promoted Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium at 10:00 am ET Saturday (Watch Live with Peacock Premium).
Villa won just twice in the last 11 matches of the final Premier League season since Gerrard’s resurgence. Those victories were against Burnley and Norwich City, who, as you may have noticed, are no longer in the division.
Villa have brought in Diego Carlos and Boubacar Camara this off-season and are looking to start well without the top four opponents on their list until week five against Arsenal (we apologize to week four rivals West Ham).
Bournemouth’s next fights are Man City and Arsenal, so the Cherries will hope home cooking against Villa is the right start to life in the Premier League.
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How to watch Bournemouth vs Aston Villa live, stream link and start time
Start: Saturday, 10:00 AM ET.
Broadcast online: Watch live on Peacock Premium
The Cherries aren’t expected to thrive in the top flight, but we’ve heard that storyline has looked silly in the past. Can Scott Parker’s men score goals? Dominic Solanka need to take finishing moves from the Championship to the Premier League?
Villa’s poor performance in 2021-2022 is a thing of the past and there are plenty of reasons to feel good about the hiring and a full pre-season under Gerrard. But a slow start, especially the setback at Bournemouth, given the club’s forgiving record of early fixtures, could have fans and pundits alike combing through April and May 2021.
Uniform players to keep an eye on
The form will be in question on opening day, but keep an eye out for:
- Diego CarlosAston Villa
- Emi Buendia, Aston Villa
- Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa
- Lloyd Kelly, Bournemouth
- Philip Billing, Bournemouth
Bournemouth team news, injuries, squad options
Ryan Fredericks is close to making a comeback, but it looks like Saturday will come too early and David Brooks and Joseph Rothwell will definitely miss out.
📝 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 📝
🔺 Four Premier League debuts
🔺 Solanke and Moore are upstairs
🔺 Pearson and Billing in the middle
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) August 6, 2022
Aston Villa team news, injuries, squad options
Courtney House should be Villa’s only injury absence.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 6, 2022