Bournemouth secured their return to the Premier League with a 2–0 win over Aston Villa with early and late goals at the Vitality Stadium.
The last time Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League in August 2015, it was a repeat of the opening day fixture. The Cherries were the better side that day, but Villa, who finished the season at the bottom of the table, won all three points. Thanks day for the Rudy guested goal.
This time, Bournemouth got the job done when Jefferson Lerma fired from eight yards with just two minutes on the clock when Villa failed to clear a corner.
Villa dominated the home team’s overall and pepper shots without making more than a couple of attempts on target.
Bournemouth had less than half the effort but made the most of their opportunities, putting high on goal and doubling their lead with 10 minutes left when Kiefer Moore made his Premier League debut with a goal. Of.
Lloyd Kelly puts the ball into the box and Moore drives a header back across the goal. The Welsh striker has spent most of his career in championship and non-league, his only previous top flight experience coming during a spell in Norway in 2015.
But Moore, who will turn 30 on Monday, has had a good record at the second level in recent seasons and has proven himself at international level with Wales since 2019.
Bournemouth will not be able to rest on their honours, as they face Manchester City next weekend, with games against Arsenal and Liverpool set to begin shortly thereafter. Aston Villa will play their first home game of the new season when Everton visit Villa Park on Saturday.