La Liga: El Clasico Round Two!

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

We have a re-run of the biggest clash in La Liga this weekend, when Real Madrid and Barcelona meet again at the Bernabeu, days after they met in the Copa del Rey.

The Catalans had the upper hand in that match, running out 4-1 aggregate winners, and Los Blancos have a difficult job on, to avoid another defeat. Ernesto Valverde’s team looks to be romping towards another domestic double, with their talisman Leo Messi breaking records by the week.

In contrast, Real Madrid seems to be missing the departed Cristiano Ronaldo rather more than they hoped. And while head coach Santiago Solari seems to have steadied the ship since taking over following a disastrous start to the campaign, things are far from perfect at the Bernabeu.

Winning El Clasico would go a long way towards healing the wounds of the Copa exit, but it would not close the gap enough to have Madrid fans dreaming of dominance any time soon.

Talking Points

Barca’s Copa triumph sets the tone

The Copa del Rey battle between these two great sides has put Barca firmly in charge of the relationship after the reigning champions swept Los Blancos aside with a 0-3 second leg win at the Bernabeu. Luis Suarez was in scintillating form as he bagged a brace while Los Blancos were wasteful in front of goal.

Lionel Messi didn’t score but he occupied much of the hosts’ attention, Toni Kroos leaving his mark with a crunching tackle. But Messi created the space for Suarez and Ousmane Dembele to prosper, the latter crossing for the first two goals. A lot will depend on the form of Raphael Varane, at the heart of the Real Madrid defence, on Saturday. The Barca boys will pose a huge threat.

La Liga: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is on target during their match versus Real Madrid

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring Barcelona’s opening goal against Real Madrid in Copa del Rey

The La Liga 2019 betting market has Barca as the overwhelming favourite to retain the title, with a seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid and nine points over Real.

And Barca fans have more reasons to be cheerful with the La Liga 2019 news just in

that Jordi Alba committed his future to the club by penning a five-year deal. The defender’s contract will have a buyout clause set at 500m Euros, a measure of his value to the Catalans.

Dressing room rumblings at Real Madrid

There have been rumours of a less than happy atmosphere in the dressing room at the Bernabeu in recent weeks, but they’ll need to be playing as a team on Saturday, or they could be on the end of another beating.

Gareth Bale was the hero of Los Blancos win at Levante last week and now has seven league goals for the season. But the Welsh Wizard drew attention to himself by refusing to join in a celebration with Lucas Vazquez. Solari has had to field questions about dressing room arguments and it seems like Bale may have been at the centre of it all.

Anyway, he was left out of the Copa match in midweek and had to look on as Vazquez and young Vinicius Junior spurned a number of good chances. 18-year-old Vinicius has a big future, but he isn’t yet Ronaldo and I can’t help thinking the Madrid side could do with the fit-again Bale in the side.


Barcelona has had the better of the El Clasicos since 1994, winning 31 to Real’s 19 and there have been 18 draws.

The Catalans have won three of the last five meetings, scoring three or more each time, with the other two games resulting in a draw.

This season Barca has an away league record of eight wins, three draws and a single defeat, and is unbeaten in the last five away games.

No Real Madrid player has scored more than Karim Benzema’s 11 goals, while Messi has 25 and Suarez 16.

And Messi has scored a whopping 26 goals in 40 El Clasicos.

Betting Tip

Real Madrid vs Barcelona Barcelona 1X2 @ 2.52
March 03, 03:45 (GMT+8)

Home advantage didn’t help Los Blancos in the Copa, but the odds point to a close encounter in La Liga, with the hosts at 2.77 and the draw at 3.25.

As part of the us tips lets say Barca will score and, more than likely, Messi will get his 27th El Clasico goal.  I think that’s a safer bet than relying on one of Real’s unsettled strikers.

So it’s a win for the Catalans. But if you want to hedge your bets a little, for an alternative you can get odds of 1.86 on Barcelona, draw no bet.

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Ranieri axed by ailing Cottagers

Fulham have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri little more than 100 days since he took charge of the relegation-threatened Premier League strugglers.

First-team coach Scott Parker has been put in caretaker charge of the Cottagers, who are currently ten points adrift of safety with just ten games of the league season to play.

The final game of Ranieri's brief tenure proved to be a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Wednesday evening, with the first assignment for Parker a home derby clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

A statement from Cottagers chairman Shahid Khan confirmed: "Following discussions this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interests of everyone.

"Claudio's tenure at Fulham didn't produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him in November.

"Claudio walked into a difficult situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its previous eight matches and he provided an immediate boost by leading our club to nine points in his first eight matches, though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter."

Ranieri started and ended his reign against Southampton, with Fulham seeing off the Saints 3-2 at Craven Cottage in late November, but they could only muster two more win in their next 15 league games.

They also crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of League Two Oldham Athletic to compound their woes.

Fulham can be backed at 3/1 to earn a draw against Chelsea on Sunday, while the visitors are 1/2 to win the game and 7/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline.

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Premier League: How Far is Spurs Ahead of Arsenal?

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

The North London derby is the capital’s biggest and best. And this weekend, when Spurs and Arsenal meet in a vital Premier League clash, it promises to be an epic!

After decades of domination, the Gunners have been in the shadow of their neighbours in recent seasons. While Spurs has pushed for a first Premier League title, falling just short in 2016, Arsenal has been agonising over its fall from the heady heights of the early 2000s.

But there are signs that Arsenal is steadily finding its place among the league’s elite again, while Spurs has had a very recent attack of the jitters, with back-to-back defeats virtually ending their hopes of league glory this season. Unai Emery will target this as a big chance for the Gunners to assert their authority while Spurs will be looking for revenge after losing the return fixture 4-2.

Our weekend us Premier League reports will have this one right up there, as Arsenal aims to close the gap on its neighbour to just a single point.

Talking points

Spurs’ bad week at the office

Two poor results don’t represent a crisis but it’s certainly been a deflating week to be a Spurs fan. It has been a horrible few days for Mauricio Pochettino’s boys, who turned up at Burnley last weekend, delighted by the news that Harry Kane was fit to play and aiming to close the gap on the leaders to just two points. But the Clarets beat Spurs 2-1 and that landed a savage blow to their title hopes.

Then Pochettino’s men travelled across London to face Chelsea, a club in some turmoil after the Carabao Cup final circus when its keeper, Kepa, defied the coach’s instructions and stayed on the field to lose the penalty shootout.

But amidst discussions around player mutiny and while all the attention was on the Chelsea defence, poor Kieran Trippier had a misunderstanding with Hugo Lloris and slid the ball past his own stopper to score an embarrassing own goal. I’d advise Kieran to steer clear of the Premier League 2019 highlights for a couple of weeks, and think back to his headline grabbing performances at Russia 2018 where he was excellent throughout!

While all the Spurs strikers drew a blank at Stamford Bridge Kane scored against Burnley. But Heung-Min Son, prolific in the skipper’s absence, will struggle to get the share of chances he has enjoyed for some weeks. And Kane cut a frustrated figure in defeat to Chelsea.

Dele Alli may make the bench after a six week lay off, but I think Spurs’ best chance of success on Saturday lies with the creative Christian Eriksen, who has already provided nine league assists this season.

Premier League: Will Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal as they clash against Tottenham Hotspur?

Mesut Ozil made a return this week against Bournemouth

Gunners set their sights

Five wins in six have lifted Arsenal back into the top four of the Premier League and Unai Emery takes his team to Wembley just four points behind their North London rivals. He’ll settle for a top four position in his first season, but Emery knows how much this derby means to the fans and he’ll be plotting a way to win.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is just a single goal behind the league top scorers on 16, and one ahead of Harry Kane, and with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette on 12 the Gunners have serious firepower, certainly on a par with their opponents. Both were on target when the Gunners hosted Spurs back in December.

And Mesut Ozil made a return to the Arsenal starting line-up this week, for the first time in 2019, and he looked like his old self, scoring one and making another goal as the Gunners dismantled Bournemouth 5-1. He’s been on the outside of Emery’s inner circle but that kind of performance should mean another start against Spurs.


Of the 59 games played since 1993, the Gunners have won twice as many as the Whites with 24 to 12 and there have been 23 draws, though they have each won two of the last four

Arsenal comes into the game in fine form having won the last three games, scoring ten goals and conceding one. Before their back-to-back defeats the Spurs won four on the bounce, all at Wembley.

Christian Eriksen is the biggest assist provider in the game with three more than Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsay.

Spurs is yet to draw a game in the league this season, with a home record of nine wins and four defeats.

Betting tip

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal Arsenal Asian Handicap +0.50 @1.85
March 2 20:30AM

The Spurs vs Arsenal betting odds have the hosts as slight favourites at 2.08 with the draw at 3.35 and Arsenal 3.45.

I just think the mood at Arsenal will be the better at the moment and that often counts for a lot in these games. Spurs will be deflated and the Gunners can close the gap further.

Spurs don’t do draws, but 1-1 is the most likely result at 6.60.

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Lampard rues loss of King

Derby County will be without loanee Andy King for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest.

Thirty-year-old Wales international midfielder King joined the Rams right at the end of the January transfer window and made four appearances before seeing his campaign ended early by an injury which may require surgery.

County manager Frank Lampard told his club's official website: "We don't know the specifics yet, but the injury will take him to the end of the season.

"As we look at it now, we will miss him. He will go back there to work on his rehab and maybe speak to a surgeon on whether he needs surgery or not.

"We are a little up in the air at the moment, but it is a significant enough injury to rule him out.

"It adds to the injury list, particularly in midfield where we had injected a lot this season in terms of energy and quality.

"Some players who were here already that have done well – Tom Lawrence, Craig Bryson – and others who have come in – Mason Mount and Andy."

Having won only one of their last five Championship games, the Rams stand one place and two points outside the play-off places.

Their next games comes on Saturday when they head to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa, who have also suffered a loss of form in recent times – having not won in five league outings.

Derby can be backed at 12/5 to defeat the Villans, with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2 and a 2-2 final scoreline 12/1.

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A Long Shot: Gladbach Hope To Topple Bundesliga Favourites

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich

There are still games to play in the season, but Borussia Monchengladbach may have already thrown the towel.

Not only have failed to win three of their last five Bundesliga games, but they are also some distance away from second-placers Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig and Wolfsburg aren’t that far behind and could steal their position if they aren’t careful.

While they cannot hope to compete with the Bavarians for the league title, they could at least cement their position at third with a good victory in this six-pointer. Of course, they can expect fierce competition from Bayern as they themselves are chasing another team for the summit.

It should become an interesting game that can end in delight or sorrow for the fans at the BORUSSIA-PARK, and the hosts are hoping that they would be the happier set at the end of 90 minutes. Join the us football team as we take a look at this game.

Talking Points

Can Gladbach make the climb?

Borussia Monchengladbach started the season well and were in the thick of the competition for much of the season’s first half. The way they dominated games against sides such as Werder Bremen, Mainz, and Hannover got a lot of pundits buzzing over the exciting brand of football Dieter Hecking’s lads have played.

However, they have not performed good enough to keep their position at the summit of the league. Their most recent games against Hertha Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Wolfsburg were especially frustrating as they are now dangerously close to losing their position to RB Leipzig.

Of course, not everything has turned south for the club based in West Germany. They are still in control of their own destiny, and they can turn things around if they achieve the tough task of stopping Bayern Munich.

They must ensure that Thorgan Hazard will be playing his best football yet against the Bavarians. He is the big reason behind Gladbach’s early season successes, and his lack of productivity in their most recent Bundesliga 2019 results is a factor in their poor form.

However, opposing gaffers have been taking note of Hazard and are keeping him on lockdown. It is up to the rest of the squad to step up to the plate and help Thorgan get the three points. Lars Stindl, Alassane Plea, and Nico Elvedi must make sure that the team coordinates properly.

An easy time for Bayern?

Can Gladbach handle Robert Lewandowski’s elusive movement and predatory instincts in Bundesliga this weekend?

Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski warms-up before a match

Every Bundesliga fan and their mother knows that Bayern Munich are heavy favourites for this match and the Bundesliga title. They may not have dominated Hertha Berlin, but the quality of the players they have on their employ gives FC Hollywood all the confidence they need ahead of their BORUSSIA-PARK visit.

A huge part of their success can be owed to their manager, Niko Kovac. While the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss struggled to get Bayern into fighting form at the start of the season, he has since turned the form around. He has successfully led Bayern back within firing range of Dortmund, and a win should help them keep the pressure on their rivals.

The players also deserve as much of the credit as they are the ones enacting Kovac’s vision on the pitch. Robert Lewandowski continues to be the most effective weapon for Bayern, bagging 13 goals and 7 assists in 22 league starts. Also leading the team are Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, and Thiago Alcantara.

However, they aren’t the only ones to watch out for. The team’s young stars are also dominating the league. Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, and Joshua Kimmich are all important cogs to the Bayern machinery. While Coman is still out with injury, we can expect both Goretzka and Kimmich to leave their mark.

While there are concerns over the ageing of their attacking core, they have made moves to secure the strength of their attack moving forward. In a rather unsurprising move, Timo Werner is rumoured to be headed to Munich in the summer.


Die Fohlen are heavy underdogs coming into this match, as they have only won 24 of the 104 games they have played against the Bavarians since 1965. Fifty-one of those games saw Bayern take the W, while the remaining 29 fixtures were draws.

However, their most recent match was quite a surprise for pundits and bettors alike: Gladbach took advantage of Bayern Munich’s poor form and pulled off a now-legendary 3-0 triumph on Bayern’s own turf at Allianz Arena.

Betting Tip

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Bayern Munich, First Half -0.50 @ 2.08
March 03, 01:30(GMT+8)

There is no room for doubt when it comes to the Bavarians’ ability to win football games. They have one of the best finishers in the sport in Robert Lewandowski, and the rest of the cast are playing especially exceptional football. There should be no surprise that they can finish the first half of this match ahead by a goal.

However, I think that their last meeting should allow Hecking to inspire his boys at half-time. A 1-2 comeback victory for Gladbach is on the cards, but it will all depend on whether Hazard will be able to play the level of football that is expected of him.

Bundesliga 2019 odds point to an easy Bayern victory, and there’s no reason why you should not try betting for it. However, I encourage you to check the Total Goal and 1X2 markets if you believe that another upset is bound to happen.

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Bielsa maintains Whites belief

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has urged his side to continue to believe in their attacking qualities, following three losses in their last seven Championship games.

Despite the slight misfire, the Whites can move back to the top of the table with a win at home to West Bromwich Albion on Friday evening, with Bielsa telling his players to stick to the methods which have worked well for much of the campaign to date.

He told reporters at his pre-match briefing: "You can't train efficiency (in front of goal), but you can train the capacity to create chances to score.

"For me the fact that the team always deserves to score has huge value. I am happy when we score goals, because we deserve to score goals.

"And I don't make any conclusion when there is no correlation between the number of chances and the goals, or when it's the opposite."

Bielsa is hoping for a big reaction to the 1-0 reverse at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday evening, when United drew a blank for the first time in nine league games.

Their meeting with the Baggies at The Hawthorns in November of last year ended in a comprehensive 4-1 victory for the hosts, with Pablo Hernandez netting a last-minute consolation for Leeds.

That victory made it four in a row for Albion against the Whites, who are 5/4 to win the game on Friday evening and 8/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Leeds can be backed at 8/15 to secure promotion this season.

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Smith welcomes Grealish return

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has hailed Jack Grealish as the 'best player' in the Championship, as the forward prepares to make his return from a shin injury.

The 23-year-old has been sidelined since the 2-2 Championship draw at West Brom in early December, but is set to be in contention to feature against Derby County at Villa Park this weekend.

And, with his side having only won one of their last 11 games in all competitions, Smith is clearly delighted to have a fit-again Grealish back among his options.

He told his club's official website: "It gives everybody a boost. Results-wise, we've not been as good without him.

"I believe Jack is the best player in the league and any team that loses that kind of quality would suffer. We've suffered a bit, so we're looking forward to having him back.

"He's trained well and has worked really hard to get himself into contention. He's pushing for a starting spot on Saturday."

Grealish was involved earlier this season when Villa claimed a 3-0 victory at Derby, with John McGinn, Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane their goalscorers.

On-loan Chelsea striker Abraham has scored 20 goals in the Championship so far this season, but has only found the net once in his last five games.

He can be backed at 1/1 to score at any time against Derby on Saturday afternoon, with Villa 11/10 to win the game and 15/2 to do so by a 2-1 final scoreline.

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Premier League: Are We Up for a Cherry-Picking in the South Coast?

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City

If you’re a sensible football fan, you’d look at this upcoming battle between Bournemouth and Manchester City and see an easy win for the Sky Blues with the quaint south coast as the backdrop. However, avid Bournemouth fans know that they have as much of a chance at getting the three points here as City.

The Cherries aren’t the biggest team in the Premier League, but everyone who has watched them play knows that they can play some beautiful football. Under Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have churned out impressive results, and some of them were very impressive giant-killings.

Of course, one would not easily bet against Pep Guardiola and Manchester City; they are still the kings of England. However, would it hurt to dream and witness a small club take down one of the continent’s giants?

Talking Points

Pressure on the Sky Blues to keep on winning

There are only a few people clubs in England that can match Manchester City’s level of football. I reckon that there aren’t even more than five clubs across Europe that can hold a candle to the brand of attacking football the Sky Blues have shown this season.

They are easily the most impressive attacking outfit in the country, leading the entire Premier League in goals scored at 75. Their defence is also solid as the backline has only allowed a total of 20 conceded goals. Under Pep Guardiola’s masterful tutelage, there’s no wonder why a lot of Premier League 2019 betting groups think that the Sky Blues are still considered heavy favourites to lift the title.

However, not all of their wins have been rosy. For example, their defeat against Newcastle United in January was nothing short of curious. While Sergio Aguero managed to secure a first-minute goal at St. James’ Park, a second-half collapse saw Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie pull off the incredible upset.

Moreover, their 1-0 win over West Ham was frustrating, to say the least. While they easily overwhelmed the Hammers on the pitch, their inability to score goals was nothing short of confounding. Moreover, there are calls in the gallery that Bernardo Silva dove to get the favourable call.

While no team is perfect, City do have some of the world’s best players on their payroll. It’s hard not to walk into any stadium with confidence when you have people like Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez ready to play for the shirt at a moment’s notice.

Can the Cherries do it all again

The ardent Cherry fan is probably satisfied yet slightly disappointed with the way the club has played over the past two months, and it’s not hard to see why he or she would feel such emotions.

It was at the tail-end of January when the Cherries gave the world the biggest Premier League 2019 news yet: they took down an uninspired Chelsea XI to the tune of 4-0 at home. A brace from Joshua King and goals from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels secured the unexpected stomp.

Unfortunately for the south coast club, they have not experienced a taste of victory since then. What immediately followed the game was consecutive defeats to Cardiff and Liverpool. While they managed a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, they immediately went back to their losing ways and endured a 5-1 hiding at the Emirates.

Bournemouth thrashed by Arsenal in their Premier League match on Wednesday

Bournemouth’s David Brooks celebrates scoring their second goal

Eddie Howe would need all of his best men to be ready to play. As Callum Wilson is still out with a knee injury, it will be up to King and Ryan Fraser to lead the line. Meanwhile, Steve Cook and Jefferson Lerma have to lead the backline and defend against City’s impressive attackers. David Brooks must continue to become the X-Factor for the Cherries and catch the opponents off-guard.


It hasn’t been long since the Cherries have established themselves as regulars in the English top flight, so these two clubs haven’t played each other that much. Ever since Bournemouth’s debut in the top flight in the 2015/16 campaign, they have not won a single one of the league games they have played.

Their most recent confrontation doesn’t instil that much confidence amongst the Bournemouth faithful: Wilson was the only bright spot for Howe’s XI when they visited the Etihad in December. Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Ilkay Gundogan got the goals for that game.

However, Bournemouth will be hoping that their magical night out against Chelsea would rub off on this coming fixture.

Betting Tip

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City First Half Over Under 1.50 @ 2.17
March 2, 23:00 (GMT+8)

Common sense and a lot of us tips dictate that the bigger team would be the heavier favourites to win. After all, they have some of the best attackers in the entire continent, and their defence has been very consistent throughout the season. There should be no reason as to why City would not take home the three points.

However, we must remember that they are facing one of the clubs that thrive on being the underdog. They do have a tendency to take it up a notch whenever they play some of the biggest teams in the country. We can just ask Liverpool and Chelsea, for instance.

It will be up to the men donning the red and black if the upset is actually achievable. If they manage to stem the tide in the first ten minutes and play their football, I think they have a chance.

Personally, I see this as being a win by the Sky Blues with the goals being settled in the first half.

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Emery ready for derby clash

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is relishing the 'great test' of a North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley at lunchtime on Saturday.

The Gunners romped to a 5-1 home win over Bournemouth on Wednesday evening, while Spurs were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea – leaving a four-point gap between the London rivals in the Premier League standings ahead of the weekend action.

And Emery is excited about the challenge, telling reporters: "It is a big motivation, but we were speaking and we need to take the opportunity like here, these three points.

"After this we can have and get an opportunity like Saturday. It's one team that, at the moment, are better than us in the table.

"I think it is very difficult there, to win, but it is a good test, a great test and a positive test."

Arsenal, who last won an away league fixture against Spurs in March 2014, are 12/5 to claim a victory on Saturday and are 12/1 to win the game 2-1, while the draw is priced at 13/5 – with Tottenham yet to draw a league game this season.

Meanwhile, Emery is waiting to see if defensive duo Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are fit to feature at Wembley, with the former having been replaced just before the hour mark against the Cherries after complaining of a muscle problem in his leg.

Koscielny needed treatment after a hefty challenge late on in the same game, having earlier got his name on the scoresheet.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka will also be back in contention after being rested for the midweek action.

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Dire away form concerns Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe accepts that his side's recent performances away from home have simply not been good enough.

The Cherries slumped to a 5-1 defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday and have now lost nine away games in the Premier League in a row.

Early goals by Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan put the Gunners in control of the match and, although Lys Mousset pulled a goal back for Howe's team, further goals by Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette completed the rout.

Despite their wretched away form Bournemouth are 12th in the table and nine points away from the relegation zone but Howe accepts there needs to be a big improvement.

He said: "It was a difficult night for us, epitomised by the start of the match and we never really truly recovered.

"I don't think we were good in any aspects of the game – with or without the ball. The mentality wasn't great. It was a disappointing night and one we have to reflect on honestly.

"Has anything got to change? Yes, the results. We've got to perform better, that will certainly change at some point but we've got to make that change ourselves.

"First of all we have a home game but in our next away game we have to give everything to try to get a turn in fortune."

Bournemouth are 12/1 to beat Manchester City on Saturday and 11/8 to finish in the top half of the table this season.