MATCH PREVIEW: AFC Bournemouth vs Southampton

By SFC Media time Tue 01 Mar Club

Get the lowdown, team news and key stats ahead of Southampton's Barclays Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth.

Southampton will be looking to return to winning ways when they make the short trip to south-coast rivals AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.

A defeat to Chelsea on Saturday ended a run of six games unbeaten for Ronald Koeman’s men, while Fraser Forster’s run without conceding came to an end at 708 minutes.

Despite the defeat, Saints will be confident of picking up the win having beaten the Cherries 2-0 earlier in the season at St Mary’s thanks to goals from Steven Davis and Graziano Pellè.

Eddie Howe’s side, who are without a win in their last four games in all competitions, head into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw at Watford.

The Cherries last tasted success at Vitality Stadium back in mid-January, when they comfortably saw off the challenge of Norwich City – though they have beaten Crystal Palace away from home since then, and knocked Portsmouth out of the Emirates FA Cup.

The two sides will meet at the home of the Cherries for the first time since March 2011, when Saints came away with all three points thanks to a 3-1 success.

Ronald Koeman says Shane Long is doubtful for the game after coming off injured against Chelsea, while Victor Wanyama is suspended and Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez are not yet up to full fitness.

Junior Stanislas is unavailable for the Cherries, while Max Gradel may not be risked from the start after returning from a long injury lay-off in the draw with Watford. Lewis Grabban is also a doubt for Tuesday night’s game. Striker Callum Wilson and defender Tyrone Mings remain out.

January signing Benik Afobe will be the man trusted by Eddie Howe to score the goals to keep AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The former Arsenal striker scored ten goals for Championship side Wolves before making the move to the Cherries in January.

After making his debut in a 3-1 defeat to West Ham United, Afobe netted in three straight games as Bournemouth beat Norwich City and Crystal Palace as well as drawing with Stoke City.

Saints will need to be wary of the threat posed by the England Under-21 international at Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night.

Eddie Howe’s side has scored more goals (eight) than any other side in the opening 15 minutes of matches so far this season.

Shane Long is hoping to score in three consecutive Barclays Premier League matches for the first time in his career.

Southampton have won all of the last five league meetings between the two sides, including a 2-0 win earlier this season.

AFC Bournemouth have lost their last three home games in all competitions, conceding seven goals in the process.

Southampton have made themselves difficult to break down on the road this season. Ronald Koeman’s men have conceded just 11 goals away from home so far this campaign – a joint-league high with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Saints have also kept six clean sheets on the road – only Man City have kept more (seven).

 

Tickets for the game against AFC Bournemouth have now sold out.

You can follow all the action from Tuesday's game via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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