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Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth
Friday 20th September, 8pm BST
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Craig Pawson
VAR: Graham Scott
Assistant VAR: Simon Long
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton head into this one looking to make it four Premier League games unbeaten following their 1-0 success against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last weekend.
In recording three points in south Yorkshire, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side made it three successive away wins without conceding in all competitions for the first time since 1986.
If that were not impressive enough, it was the first time they had recorded back-to-back away successes since March 2017, and a win on Friday night would move them up to 3rd ahead of the weekend’s other matches.
The Cherries also arrive in positive mood having beaten Everton 3-1 last time out, courtesy of a Callum Wilson brace and a Ryan Fraser free-kick.
Bournemouth will be hoping to beat Saints away for the first time, having drawn 6 and lost 9 of the previous 15 contests.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will make a late decision on whether Nathan Redmond is fit enough to earn a spot in his squad for the meeting with Bournemouth.
Hasenhüttl did confirm that Moussa Djenepo would be missing however, after suffering a muscular problem during training this week.
For the visitors, Eddie Howe commented that Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly are both working their way back to fitness, having both made appearances for the club’s Under-21s on Tuesday.
Arnaut Danjuma is also back in training but the game is likely to come too soon for him to be involved in any way.
Sheffield United (a) W 1-0 (Djenepo)
Man Utd (h) D 1-1 (Vestergaard)
Fulham (a) W 1-0 (Obafemi) (Carabao Cup)
Brighton (a) W 2-0 (Djenepo, Redmond)
Liverpool (h) L 1-2 (Ings)
Everton (h) W 3-1 (Wilson 2, Fraser)
Leicester City (a) L 3-1 (Wilson)
Forest Green Rovers (h) D 0-0
Manchester City (h) L 3-1 (Wilson)
Aston Villa (a) W 2-1 (King, Wilson)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “After a difficult start, we had a massive win at Brighton which gave us self-confidence and the clean sheets helps us to be more stabilised.
“With a different shape we made a few big wins. Still we can be very flexible and this is maybe our biggest strength at the moment that we can switch the shapes whenever we want. It depends what the opponent demands from us, we can always switch it if we want.
“The better team will be the team that is more flexible and can be more clinical than the opponent. Last season we had a very good start and in the second-half we changed things and turned the table again. It will be an interesting game tactically and intense.”
Eddie Howe: "They're a very good team. I think they've improved under their new manager, implemented his philosophy, certainly a very hard-working team.
"They've got undoubted quality I think. We know it's going to be a tough game and a very good atmosphere I'm sure.
"Both teams go into the game with confidence, so I think it's set up to be a really good match.
"We've enjoyed going to Southampton to play these games. We haven't won one yet in the Premier League and we're desperate to do that as soon as we can."
ONE TO WATCH
Sofiane Boufal: The Moroccan looked a huge threat against Sheffield United, completing more successful dribbles (9) than any player has managed in a Premier League match so far this season.
His assist for Moussa Djenepo made it his second of the season and with the Mali winger out for this one, it would be no surprise if he made another impact against the Cherries.
Callum Wilson: After 14 Premier League goals last season, Wilson has started this campaign strongly and already has three goals to his name.
Indeed, since the start of last season, only Raheem Sterling (32) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals amongst English players than Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson (26 – 17 goals, 9 assists).
Based on 2018/19 stats.
Danny Ings 7
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Nathan Redmond 4
Danny Ings 3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 3
Callum Wilson 14
Joshua King 12
David Brooks 7
Ryan Fraser 7
Ryan Fraser 14
Callum Wilson 9
David Brooks 5
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
April 2019: Saints 3-3 Bournemouth (Long, Ward-Prowse, Targett)
October 2018: Bournemouth 0-0 Saints
April 2018: Saints 2-1 Bournemouth (Tadic 2)
December 2017: Bournemouth 1-1 Saints (Austin)
April 2017: Saints 0-0 Bournemouth
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have lost just one of their eight Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (W3 D4) and are unbeaten in all four at St Mary’s (W2 D2).
- Bournemouth have scored directly from a free-kick twice in their last three Premier League games - they had done so just once in their previous 154 games in the competition.
- Since their debut in the Premier League in August 2015, both teams have scored in 88 different games involving Bournemouth; only Leicester (91) and Arsenal (90) have registered more.
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