Bournemouth vs Southampton
F.A. Cup Soccer/Football Predictions, Tips and Results For Games Played on Saturday 20, March 2021
Bournemouth enter this FA Cup clash on the back of a 3-0 league win over Swansea City (Mar 16) and just one loss in five Championship fixtures (W3, D1). Although outsiders here, Jonathan Woodgate’s side have enjoyed their cup campaign this term, scoring an average of 2.67 goals per FA Cup game and netting in both halves of all three matches (W3).
However, they’ve kept just one clean sheet across their last ten FA Cup home fixtures (W4, D1, L5) with each of their last six such games producing over 2.5 goals. They’re unlikely to collapse as all five of their home league defeats this term came via a one-goal margin, whilst they’ve scored in each of their last seven Championship outings here.
Although Premier League Southampton have the better of the H2H stakes after losing only one of the last eight competitive meetings (W3, D4), their defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion (Mar 14) was their tenth loss in 12 league matches (W1, D1). However, they’ve fared well in this competition, winning all three matches this season ‘to nil’.
Curiously, they’ve scored exactly twice in five of their last six FA Cup away matches (W3, D1, L2), while they’ve scored twice or not at all in each of their last nine away outings across all competitions (W2, D1, L6). Of enormous concern though is their leaky defence – those nine fixtures saw them concede an average of 2.56 goals per game!
Players to watch: Arnaut Danjuma has scored in four of Bournemouth’s last five matches – eight of his ten goals this term came at home. For Southampton, Ché Adams has netted in three consecutive league fixtures, with four of his seven goals this term arriving as his side’s second of the game.
Hot stat: Bournemouth and Southampton have collected a combined average of just 1.5 yellow cards per FA Cup game this term.
Prediction: Bournemouth  vs  Southampton