Get ready for Southampton's short trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League, as Saints seek a return to winning ways after the international break...
AFC Bournemouth vs Southampton
Saturday 20th October, 3pm BST
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Simon Beck, Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Bournemouth have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season and currently occupy a place in the top six, with five wins out of eight in the Premier League.
The Cherries are unbeaten at home and won 4-0 on the road at Watford last time out. Eddie Howe’s side have averaged an impressive two points per game to date.
Southampton’s most recent away trip was a successful one, progressing on penalties at Everton in the Carabao Cup.
But points have proved harder to come by for Saints, whose defeat to Chelsea before the international break was a third in succession in the league.
Bournemouth: Late decisions will be made on influential duo Ryan Fraser (hamstring) and Josh King (ankle), who have scored 44% of Bournemouth's Premier League goals this season.
Eddie Howe reported no further injury concerns in his pre-match press conference.
Southampton: Mark Hughes has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the game.
Alex McCarthy has recovered from the injury that forced him to withdraw from the England squad, while Maya Yoshida and Mario Lemina have had to contend with long journeys home after representing Japan and Gabon respectively on Tuesday.
Watford (a) W 4-0 (Brooks, King 2, Wilson)
Crystal Palace (h) W 2-1 (Brooks, Stanislas)
Blackburn Rovers (h) W 3-2 (Stanislas, Ibe, Wilson) (Carabao Cup)
Burnley (a) L 0-4
Leicester City (h) W 4-2 (Fraser 2, King, Smith)
Chelsea (h) L 0-3
Everton (a) D 1-1* (Ings) (Carabao Cup)
Wolves (a) L 0-2
Liverpool (a) L 0-3
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) D 2-2 (Højbjerg, Ings)
*Won 4-3 on penalties
Eddie Howe: “We've considered ourselves a good team in possession historically. We've maybe tried to improve the transitions into counter-attack, but we're not the finished article yet.
“I definitely think the rivalry between Southampton and us has developed over the last few years. We respect Southampton, they're a very good club with a good set of players and manager. It will be tough."
Mark Hughes: “The key against Bournemouth is that, obviously, they play a very high tempo game, they've got a decent amount of pace in their team and a lot of strength and power, so you've got to match that.
“You always feel against Bournemouth, because of the way they play - they're a little expansive - that, at some point, you'll get opportunities against them, so you've got to maximise those."
Bournemouth play a very attack-minded 4-4-2 formation, and it is the forward-thinking players who have really caught the eye in recent weeks.
Wingers David Brooks and Ryan Fraser are good ball carriers who chip in with goals, while the front two of Callum Wilson and Josh King, who plays slightly deeper, have eight strikes between them.
Danny Ings remains the chief goal threat for Saints, with four goals in his last six appearances.
Alex McCarthy’s form between the posts has earned the goalkeeper an England recall, while Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has impressed with his box-to-box displays.
Previous five meetings:
Apr 2018: Saints 2-1 Bournemouth (Tadić 2)
Dec 2017: Bournemouth 1-1 Saints (Austin)
Apr 2017: Saints 0-0 Bournemouth
Dec 2016: Bournemouth 1-3 Saints (Bertrand, Rodriguez 2)
Mar 2016: Bournemouth 2-0 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- Bournemouth have won just one of their six Premier League matches against Southampton (W1 D2 L3), which was their first home game against them, in March 2016.
- In all competitions, Saints have lost just two of their last 14 games against Bournemouth (W8 D4 L2), winning their most recent meeting in the Premier League, in April.
- Only Manchester City (174) and Chelsea (142) have had more shots than Southampton in the Premier League this season (116).
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