Aston Villa controlled Bournemouth in an easy 3-0 win that sent the Cherries back down to earth on Saturday at Villa Park.
The relegation-threatened Cherries beat Liverpool 1-0 last time out but fell behind in the seventh minute and only once looked like a scoring threat, when Dominic Solanke took too many touches on a long second-half dribble. .
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Douglas Luiz scored that score in the first half and star of the match Jacob Ramsey got Villa’s second goal in the win, propelling Villa to 10th place on 38 points before Chelsea (37 points) start against Everton.
Villa claimed 10 of their last 12 available points, as Unai Emery’s men can quite realistically dream of Europe.
Bournemouth’s 24 points are good for 19th place, one point behind safety.
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Bournemouth aren’t dead in the water, but Villa sure made them look like a team that isn’t up to scratch.
Villa’s expected goals of 3.20 really did add up late, but that’s a big figure, and Tyrone Mings led a defense that only allowed Bournemouth nine shot attempts and a total of 0.59 xG in 90 minutes.
Villa literally looked like a European candidate on Saturday, and only some of that has to do with Bournemouth. The Villans were on the rise from Moment No. 1 and probably could have scored five on another day (in fact, Mings had a late close shot saved by Neto).
All this happened with Boubacar Kamara, Leander Dendoncker and Philippe Coutinho injured and Diego Carlos and Lucas Digne as unused substitutes.
Be careful with Villa, who has many reasonable points ahead on the calendar.
David Brooks returns for a feel-good moment
The vibes didn’t last long, which is why we want to make sure we acknowledge David Brooks’ return to Bournemouth after a long and terrifying absence.
Brooks, 25, announced his stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis in October 2021 and missed the rest of last season, then missed most of this season with a terrible hamstring injury. .
His entry into this game was greeted with warm applause around Villa Park. It’s just that Villa then scored in minutes.
Aston Villa vs Bournemouth player ratings: stars of the show
douglas louis: He scored early, dominated at all times.
Jacob Ramsey: This isn’t exact math, but it looks like he spent about 15% of this game with the ball in space.
Jefferson Lerma, Felipe Billing, and Dango Ouattara: For the most part, if Bournemouth are playing, these are the players you can count on to play well (Lerma certainly has his days, but most of the time). Sometimes, Neto joins. It’s just not enough.
Bournemouth return to the pitch on April 1 against Fulham, while Villa go to Chelsea the same day.
Douglas Luiz goal video: Villans in control early
Jacob Ramsey goal video: MOTM adds a goal to his performance
Video of Emi Buendía’s goal: former Norwich player turns around Luiz’s corner
How to watch Aston Villa vs Bournemouth live, stream link and start time
Start: 11 a.m. ET, Saturday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium
Key stories and star players
Leon Bailey will be looking to make amends for the penalty he conceded in a 1-1 draw with West Ham. Bailey looked pretty good with Unai Emery, and his connection to sharp and sharp postseason honors candidate Ollie Watkins could prove vital to this game and the top half’s charge.
Philip Billing looks like the sort of leader who can help fuel a great finish for Bournemouth, who have in Dango Outtara the electric injection he wanted from the January transfer window. Net will also matter a lot for a team that still concedes opportunities.
Aston Villa team news, injuries, line-up options
OUT: Philippe Coutinho (thigh), Jed Steer (calf), Boubacar Kamara (ankle), Leander Dendoncker (undisclosed)
Bournemouth team news, injuries, line-up options
OUT: Junior Stanislas (undisclosed), Marcus Tavernier (thigh), Illia Zabarnyi (foot), Adam Smith (groin)
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