Bournemouth to overcome Saints and boost survival hopes



From one coastal-derby to another, Southampton travel west to build on an impressive unbeaten run of 5 games against relegation-threatened rivals Bournemouth.


With Premier League safety secured and European qualification out-of-reach, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side goes into Sunday’s match following a 1-1 draw with Brighton - thanks to another goal from on-form Danny Ings.


With Ings just 3 goals behind fellow-countryman Jamie Vardy in the race for Premier League Golden Boot, Eddie Howe will be keen to strengthen his side’s defensive efforts.


After a convincing 4-1 win over Leicester and a valiant performance against Manchester City, Bournemouth fans may start to feel confident about a late surge to avoid relegation.


With 3 points separating the Cherries from safety and just 2 games to play, each match from now on is a cup final for Howe’s men.


When’s the game?

Sunday, July 19, 2.00 pm.

Where’s the game?

Vitality Stadium


Watch it live

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Bournemouth

Current Form

LLDWL

Last game

Manchester City 2-1 Bournemouth


Bournemouth team news

After suffering a concussion against Spurs, full-back Adam Smith faces a late fitness and could return to action this Sunday.


There could also be a surprise return for Nathan Ake (groin), after Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to rule him out for the rest of the season.


Defenders Chris Mepham (knee), Charlie Daniels (kneecap) and Simon Francis (knee) are all still injured.


Southampton

Current form

WWDDD


Last game

Southampton 1-1 Brighton


Southampton team news

Ralph Hasenhüttl was quick to express his delight at having no new injury concerns following Thursday’s draw at home to Brighton.


But Moussa Djenepo (calf), Sofiane Boufal (thigh) and Yan Valery (muscle) all remain sidelined.


Last 5 meetings

Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth (Sept. 2019)

Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth (Apr. 2019)

Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton (Oct. 2018)

Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth (Apr. 2018)

Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton (Dec. 2017)