Bournemouth takes on an ever-ambitious Wolves side at the Molineux at 18:00 on Wednesday 24th June.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s team are still in with an outside chance of an unprecedented top-four finish, whilst Eddie Howe’s Cherries are embroiled in a relegation scrap for the first time since their promotion to the top flight in 2015.
Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves (23/11/19)
Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves (23/02/19)
Wolves 2-0 Bournemouth (15/12/18)
This is a rarely contested fixture, with the two teams only meeting 14 times in their entire history. However, Wolves have never lost to the Cherries in the Premier League and recent form suggests that stat is unlikely to change as Howe’s side haven’t picked up a win in three matches whereas the home side have come flying out of the blocks, comfortably beating West Ham 2-0 in their first game back.
Wolves will have the entirety of their squad available to them for Wednesday’s fixture, boasting a clean bill of health with no injuries or suspensions.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, aren’t so fortunate. Despite Danish midfielder, Phillip Billing, returning to training following an ankle injury, he will not feature at the Molineux.
Striker, Josh King, will be side-lined after also suffering an ankle injury from a reckless tackle by Gary Cahill on Saturday against Crystal Palace.
The highly sought-after, Ryan Fraser, will also miss the game after it was revealed that the Scot rejected a short-term contract deal and is set to leave the club at the end of the month. Howe said, “I only want players who are fully focused on the relegation battle we have ahead and I'm looking forward to doing that with my squad.”
It would be foolish to go against Wolves here, especially considering Espírito Santo has a full complement of players to choose from, including the frighteningly talented Adama Traoré, compared to Bournemouth’s blighted squad of injuries and commitment-shy players. The Cherries simply do not look defensively capable enough to stop Wolves’ fierce attack. This game will bury Bournemouth even further into the drop zone and lead them ever closer to Championship football.
Match Preview written by Owen Lloyd.