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Luke Reddy

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    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    And there goes the final whistle. Villa fans rejoice in the stands as their heroes celebrate on the pitch under the summer sun. Goalscorer Rudy Gestede is fist-pumping and asking for more roars from the travelling contingent. What an impact he had.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: It's probably the right result. Bournemouth shaded the first half. Villa came out after the break with a lot more intent.
  3. Shrewd business

    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    Chris Sutton

    Former Blackburn and Celtic striker on Final Score

    Quote Message: Rudy Gestede is the best at what he does in the country. People can't handle him. He went for £6m and people are talking about £12m for Jordan Rhodes. It doesn't make sense.
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    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    Last attack, Bournemouth have a corner and here come the cavalry.

    In it comes, brilliant header away by Carlos Sanchez. That will be that.

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    Eddie Howe

    We have five minutes of added time. Bournemouth commit bodies forward but again they are thwarted by the superb Jordan Amavi at left-back for Villa. He ensures his side have a goal kick and Tim Sherwood is closing in on a win. He's looking very, very nervous.

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    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    Villa can break as Yann Kermogant gives the ball away, Gabriel Agbonlahor, like a jaguar he springs away but Villa hold it up, they head for the corner flag.

    Back come Bournemouth... not finished yet.

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    Matt Ritchie

    Bournemouth are trying, they know this can end as a damp squib if the fans depart to a defeat in a game they should have opened the scoring in.

    A long free-kick goes into the box but is dealt with by Rudy Gestede. His head could become very handy for Villa at both ends this season.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: If I'm Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe I'd be a bit worried with what I've got in the dressing room. I might just dip back into the transfer market.
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    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    A good powerful run by Gabriel Agbonlahor as he weaves through the centre of the pitch but the shot is tame and as this match reaches its business end, we have attacks coming thick and fast with Matt Ritchie shooting wide when well placed 18 yards out.


    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    Matt Ritchie and Yann Kermogant combine near the edge of the area but Villa, in yellow shirts, swarm to shut out every inch of space. They have something to defend of course and can soak it up.

    Dan Gosling is booked as Idrissa Gueye breaks for the visitors. The winger has looked decent for Villa.

    He has touched the ball 66 times, only Jordan Amavi with 68 has had more of the leather.

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    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

    Here's the killer stat.... wait for it... Aston Villa did not have a single goal from a substitute last season. It's taken one game this year and bang. Joy from the bench in the shape of 6ft 4in striker Rudy Gestede.

    What have you got Bournemouth?

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: It was always coming. Ashley Westwood stood that delivery up. Gestede's movement reminds me of Andy Carroll.
  15. GOAL

    Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa - Rudy Gestede

    Gestede goal

    Tim Sherwood hits the transfer and substitution jackpot all in one second.

    His outlay of £6m on Rudy Gestede looks bargain bucket now as the giant striker powers a header into the net from seven yards.

    It's simple stuff, corner, solid delivery, big leap, lots of beef on the header, unstoppable.

    And boy oh boy have I got a stat coming for you next...


    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Another card on the table in the poker game from the bench and it's Max Gradel - the second-most expensive player in Bournemouth's history - coming on for Marc Pugh.

    Remember, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said this player was good enough to play for the Blues. He used the quick attacker as an example of how sides lower down the Premier League were signing quality.

    In all competitions for St-Etienne and Ivory Coast, Gradel managed 19 goals in 42 games last season.

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    Pinball in the Bournemouth area, Gabriel Agbonlahor will shoot, blocked, ricochet, RUDY GESTEDE... wide.

    He flashes a volley across goal and it has Tim Sherwood jumping about in frustration on the touchline.

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    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    And still they scrap.

    Dan Gosling

    There's no inch given. Scott Sinclair tries to weave down the left but Matt Ritchie and Simon Francis double up to halt him.

    The home side edge possession 55%-45% but calling this one is no easy feat. I get the sense there is one goal in it and no more.

    Tommy Elphick is the pass master to date, 97% have found feet when the Bournemouth captain has distributed.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: Rudy Gestede is playing up top. Villa boss Tim Sherwood has spotted a weakness behind Charlie Daniels, so it'll be balls up to Gestede from Villa.

    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Gestede is on for Jordan Ayew who hardly lit the world up with his debut.

    Not a disaster but bang average. Just 26 touches, he completed 14 of his 18 passes.

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    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Suddenly, from a dominant position late in the first half, Bournemouth are taking a few jabs to the face and this looks more and more in the balance.

    Will the managers go for that old World Cup classic and simply look to avoid defeat in the first game?

    Rudy Gestede is coming on for Aston Villa. He managed plenty of goals in the Championship at Blackburn last season but has played just three times at this level before - for Cardiff City.

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    The poker game begins. Substitution one sees Yann Kermorgant on for Joshua King.

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    A super challenge from debutant Jordan Amavi for Aston Villa on the halfway line. He cleans Callum Wilson out fairly and there is more snap, more vigour from Villa all over the pitch.

    Amavi has been solid so far, dealing with lots of attacks down the Bournemouth right.

    Attack thirds
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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: Villa have come out with a lot more intent in the second half.

    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Maybe Villa did get some harsh love from their manager because at last they create an opening. Idrissa Gueye comes so close to scoring on his league debut as he arrives bang on time to meet Gabriel Agbonlahor's pull-back. A fine save from Artur Boruc who scrambles across his goal.

    It's clever stuff from Agbonlahor and nothing wrong with the drive from 12 yards. Good play all over.

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    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    And here we go again...

    Have Aston Villa heard a few harsh words?

  28. My Premier League life

    Ever wondered how many games your team have played during your lifetime? Goals scored? Trophies won? Managers employed?

    BBC Sport's new feature My Premier League Life allows fans to discover all of this and more about their favourite current Premier League club.

    Here's an example of how it all works:

    Jack Grealish

    In the 19 years since Jack Grealish came into the world, Villa Park's turnstiles have spun round more than 30m times as fans passed through its gates - a footfall equivalent to almost half of the UK population. 

    The first Villa match after Grealish was born was a 2-0 victory at home to Wimbledon in September 1995. Dwight Yorke went on to score 17 goals that season as Villa finished fourth, but Grealish has been alive for Villa to win just one trophy - the 1996 League Cup.

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    Around 60% of the ball and the better of the territory, Premier League life doesn't look all that tough for Bournemouth so far.

    Action zones

    Have they been good or have Aston Villa been particularly bad? Let me know on #bbcfootball.


    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    After what was a slow start all round, Bournemouth have definitely grasped the initiative and three great chances for Dan Gosling, Callum Wilson and Marc Pugh should have yielded a lead.

    Villa lived a charmed life late in that half and have not created a chance of meaning.

    These Premier League new boys look the more likely here.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: That would have been the perfect time to score a goal for Eddie Howe's side. Marc Pugh did everything he could do - unfortunately the effort was straight at Brad Guzan.
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    Matt Ritchie

    Ciaran Clark contests a header with Matt Ritchie and leaves plenty on his man, that's a yellow card.

    Can Bournemouth make this count late in the half? The ball into the box from deep is headed back across goal by Simon Francis and it must be... Marc Pugh... no.

    The goal was begging to be scored, it was just 12 yards and sitting nicely. My oh my, what a chance to send the Cherries in ahead.

    Another smart stop by Brad Guzan but he should have had no chance.

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    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Home hearts in mouths. Leandro Bacuna lines up a free-kick 25 yards from goal. It's tense but his effort crashes into the wall.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: Callum Wilson rolls Ciaran Clark. His second touch was poor though. If it finishes 0-0 he'll kick himself for missing that chance. He's better than that.
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    It's Callum Wilson, racing clear through the inside channel, he closes in on goal to lessen the angle but Brad Guzan saves with his legs. Wilson - Bournemouth's top scorer last season - was still wide as he took the shot on but it's a second big chance of the game.

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    "You're worse than Birmingham..." sing Aston Villa's travelling contingent.

    Bournemouth won 8-0 at Birmingham and 4-2 at home to the Blues last season.

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    What a chance. Dan Gosling, is sniffing for something in the box and as Callum Wilson loses control of the ball it breaks to the midfielder 12 yards from goal and central. It's a little under his feet and he can only scoop an effort over the bar.

    This is a glorious opening and Eddie Howe knows it as he looks visibly angered in the dugout.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: It takes four or five games before the players become properly match-fit. Pre-season is not the same as this. You don't have the same adrenalin.
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    Bournemouth v Aston Villa

    While Gabriel Agbonlahor has had little quality service, Bournemouth are struggling to get their own danger man Callum Wilson into the game. He has had just nine touches which is the lowest of any outfield player in their side.

    Remember, the home side have Max Gradel - a big summer signing on the bench so has manager Eddie Howe perhaps foreseen this tight start? Will this game open up later on?

    Andrew Surman has a bang from 30 yards but it's 15 feet wide.

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    Just four touches so far for Gabriel Agbonlahor as we approach 30 minutes...

    Gabriel Agbonlahor
  42. Take on Lawro and predict the score

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    What do you think the full-time score will be in this game?

    You can pit your wits against Lawro and predict the outcome of this game, and the rest of the weekend's Premier League action via the BBC Sport Premier League predictor.

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    Matt Ritchie hooks a shot wide from range - that's the first shot of the game - but Bournemouth come again to force a corner.

    Tommy Elphick and Steve Cook come forward but again Villa are robust and deal with it.

    Idrissa Gueye - who sports 'Gana' as the name on his shirt - has a whipper from range bit his effort dips well wide.


    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Tim Sherwood's baby blue shirt - a baggy number - makes him look like he should be working in some sort of American clothes retailer.

    His side attack through Scott Sinclair down the left but Joshua King hauls him back. That's a booking.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: Villa haven't got going. It's like they expect to win this game. They've tried to spring forward Gabriel Agbonlahor. But you can't always expect him to run on from behind.
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    Marc Pugh ghosts into the box to meet a right-wing cross but his header is more Tony Adams than Dion Dublin. It looks more like a clearance over the bar than an attempt on goal.

    Still, a chance. More of them we need.

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    Tim Sherwood

    We await the first chance of the game but a clear pattern has emerged. Aston Villa sit in and watch on as Bournemouth try to create angles to find a path to goal. It's a solid block the away side get behind the ball when out of possession and it's showing up as they have run just 5.2km as a team compared to the 7km clocked by the home side.

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    Jordan Veretout takes a short corner for Aston Villa but over plays and they end up back on the halfway line. The yellow shirts are growing a bit in confidence though and only a great Steve Cook header at the back keeps the home resistance firm.

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    Did you know Christian Benteke managed 42 goals in 89 appearances for Aston Villa. That's nearly one goal in two games.

    Jordan Ayew

    Jordan Ayew (pictured), brought in from French club Lorient, hit 30 in around 155 games - roughly one in five. Can he up his ratio in England? A tough ask.

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    We wondered if, without Christian Benteke, Aston Villa would play more progressive football. Would there be less of the 'front-to-back quickly' mentality we saw last year?

    Early on it appears not, as when Bournemouth gift possession in midfield the first thought from Villa's midfield is to get Gabriel Agbonlahor in behind. Not enough weight on the pass though.

    Tim Sherwood looks on pensively. Can his new signings step up this season?

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    Scott Sinclair

    Aston Villa have had just 21% of the ball in the opening seven minutes. It's a slow but maybe cleverly cautious start.

    Gabriel Agbonlahor remains a willing runner up front and if Bournemouth switch off, his pace could be punishing.

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    Full credit to Bournemouth for their start here, it's controlled passing. All of it is in front of Villa and easy to deal with but Joshua King injects some pace to force the first corner of the game.

    Eddie Howe looks on, standing in the shade, as the corner comes to nothing. A quick sip of water, his mind must be grafting big time.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has asked Jordan Ayew to play on the right of a five-man midfield.
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    Neat, intricate passing from the home side on this lush surface but Marc Pugh gets caught in possession in his own half and falls into his man. That would have been a booking at a later stage but so early on, Mark Clattenburg just issues him a stern word or two.

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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew did well at Lorient last season and I expect him to do well in the Premier League.
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    AFC Bournemouth
  59. KICK-OFF

    Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

    Carnival atmosphere. Lots of roars as team news is read out.

    Chairman Jeff Mostyn sports a red handkerchief in his top pocket to match his red and black tie.

    We have a red/pink ball, a very green pitch and what do you know, Bournemouth are playing in the Premier League.

  60. 'Bournemouth will do best of the promoted sides'

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder, BBC Sport

    Quote Message: I think Bournemouth will do the best out of the promoted teams. I liked what I saw of them last season. I think they will be able to score most goals of the teams that have come up."
  61. Plenty of room at The Vitality...

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    Earlier I asked you which ground in Premier League history has had a lower capacity than The Vitality Stadium.

    Your answer is...

    Boundary Park

    Boundary Park.

    Home of Oldham Athletic.

    It held around 10,600 during their Premier League years.

  62. No more cliché...

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    AFC Bournemouth

    Right then... these are some classics I've heard today on Bournemouth...

    "A club going the right way..."

    "A club with an ethos..."

    "This is a dream for them..."

    I've heard platitudes and cliché statements rolled out for the promoted teams at this time each year. Enough is enough, you'll find no more about that here. It's all about results now.

    Here comes the teams. Tommy Elphick loosens up in the tunnel, lead them out son.

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    The teams are in the changing rooms, a final word after a summer of preparing. No regrets lads, no regrets.

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    Aston Villa
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    Joey Barton

    Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

    Quote Message: The Bournemouth players will be slightly apprehensive. While it is a great day for the fans I'm not sure it'll be great for the players. It looks absolutely roasting out there.
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    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    How are you feeling Villa fans? Is this the start of a new dawn?

    The numbers 16, 15, 15, 17 make for ugly reading - your finishing position for the last four years. Though Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph are gone, is this the start of something good? Or will you be scrapping at the foot of the table again?

    It can't get any worse can it? Last season's goal return of 31 was as dismal as an Australian cricket display.

    Tweet me on #bbcfootball. What's coming this year?

  67. Teaser

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    We find ourselves focused on The Vitality Stadium. It holds 11,700 fans on a matchday and only one ground has had a lower capacity in Premier League history.

    Which one? Answer coming in 10 minutes.

  68. Team news

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    Micah Richards

    While much of the focus is on the home side as they make their debut at this level, it is Aston Villa who land the big news as the line-ups are presented. They give debuts to six summer signings as manager Tim Sherwood begins a season in charge of a club for the first time.

    Micah Richards starts at the back, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew are all starting for the first time while Scott Sinclair is in after making his loan move of last season permanent.

    The home side hand full debuts to goalkeeper Artur Boruc and Joshua King.

    Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, King, Wilson.

    Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Agbonlahor, Sinclair.

  69. All change...

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    On the opening day of the season six years ago, Bournemouth played at Bury in League Two. They won 3-0 and so began the ascent to where they find themselves today.

    No need to pinch yourself if you're a Bournemouth fan. This ain't no dream folks. Team news next...

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    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    Of the 46 teams to play in the Premier League before them, few, if any, will share the volatility lived out in AFC Bournemouth's recent history.

    Close to extinction as a club on more than one occasion, the Cherries know all about close shaves, so even when testing times in England's top tier arrive they'll probably feel more like paradise than torture.

    AFC Bournemouth

    Chairman Jeff Mostyn has signed a few hefty cheques this summer as the new boys spent a few quid to take talent to the south coast but their two most expensive signings - Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel are only on the bench today.

  71. Roll up, roll up...

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)


    "Ticket number 47, please report to the counter, your number has been called..."

    AFC Bournemouth

    Welcome to the big supermarket Bournemouth.