Stats: Aston Villa look to break opening day hoodoo with goals a certainty for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth

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We bring you the best stats ahead of Bournemouth's debut Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Bournemouth will kick-off their debut Premier League campaign on Saturday when Eddie Howe's men play host to Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa.

The 2014/15 Championship winners enter the new season with nothing to lose, and will see this home encounter as an excellent opportunity to pick up the first three points of their first term in the top-flight; which makes for a potential upset if you're a Villa fan.

The two sides have not met in league competition since 1987/88 - when the Midlands outfit ran out 2-1 victors - though the visitors did beat Bournemouth on their path to the FA Cup final last season.

Ahead of the weekend's match-up, here are a few of the best Opta stats...

2 - The last two teams to gain promotion to the top-flight for the first time (Reading and Hull) have both opened with a home win.

0 - Aston Villa have never beaten a newly promoted Premier League side on opening day (D1 L2).

98 - Eddie Howe's side scored 98 league goals in 2014/15; only MK Dons (101) scored more in the top four tiers.

573 - The Cherries had more shots (573) and shots on target (268) than any other Championship side last season

14 - Only 14 players have made more Premier League appearances than Bournemouth new boy Sylvain Distin (457)

11 - Callum Wilson was awarded 11 penalties in 2014/15; six more than any other player for an English league side

10 - Of Yann Kermorgant's 15 league goals last season, 10 went on to be the game's winning strike.

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