Bournemouth will be hoping to halt their recent slide when they travel to managerless Swansea on Saturday.
The Swans’ 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham prompted the board to sack boss Bob Bradley after just 11 games and they have again turned to club stalwart Alan Curtis on a temporary basis.
Their visitors on New Year’s Eve have themselves struggled, with three defeats in their last four, but Bournemouth will fancy themselves to win at the Liberty Stadium.
For all of Bradley’s enthusiasm, his team’s poor run of results made it almost inevitable that he would be dispensed with and Curtis’ safe pair of hands may be what is required to steady the ship while the board ponder their options.
A third home win of the season for the lowly Swans is 9/5 and much will depend on the performances of star duo Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Spanish World Cup winner appears to be the only player on a similar wavelength to the mercurial Icelander and with Llorente likely to be recalled to the starting line-up, the former Athletic Bilbao man is 9/5 to net anytime while Sigurdsson is 21/10 in the same market.
Bournemouth have lost their last three on the road but will be out to take advantage of Swansea’s woes.
Eddie Howe changed his formation for the 3-0 Boxing Day defeat at Chelsea but is likely to revert to his more familiar 4-2-3-1 for the trip to south Wales.
The Cherries have been poor away from home in recent months, losing four of their last five, but the return of striker Callum Wilson after being rested can only help their cause
ComeOn! are offering 29/20 for Wilson to net anytime in what looks set to be an open affair, with over 2.5 goals a theme for both of these sides in recent months.
Although the departure of Bradley could give Swansea a temporary boost, their defensive woes are tough to ignore and an away win with both teams to score at a tempting 3/1 could be the right bet.
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