Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth vs Saints

By SFC Media Sat 17 Dec Bournemouth vs Saints

All you need to know ahead of Saints' meeting with AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League at Vitality Stadium.

What’s at stake?

Saints make the short trip to Bournemouth looking to make it seven points from a possible nine in the past week, despite a frustrating draw against Stoke last time out.

Marko Arnautiovic was dismissed in the first-half, but Claude Puel’s men couldn’t find a way past a resilient outfit, which sat deep to preserve a point.

Hosts Bournemouth have been in good form on home territory and go in search of a third successive victory at Vitality Stadium.

Marc Pugh’s solitary effort secured all three points against Premier League champions Leicester City, after a dramatic 4-3 win over Liverpool.

Team news

Southampton: Claude Puel has confirmed that Cédric will be back available after he missed Wednesday’s clash with Stoke City through illness.

Elsewhere, defender Matt Targett has now had surgery on a hamstring injury and will be out for a number of months.

Striker Charlie Austin is also out with a shoulder injury, but goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is close to a return.

AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe could be without winger Junior Stanislas for the clash. He missed the 1-0 success over Leicester City on Tuesday after damaging his ankle in the win over Liverpool. 

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Stoke City (a) D 0-0
Middlesbrough (h) W 1-0
Hapoel Be’er Sheva (h) D 1-1 (UEFA Europa League)
Crystal Palace (a) L 0-3
Arsenal (a) W 2-0 (EFL Cup)

AFC Bournemouth’s last five:

Leicester City (h) W 1-0
Burnley (a) L 3-2
Liverpool (h) W 4-3
Arsenal (a) L 3-1
Stoke City (a) W 1-0

Top performers

Sofiane Boufal’s stunning strike was enough to beat Middlesbrough at St Mary’s and the Moroccan international was lively last time out.

He made 56 passes in Stoke City’s half, with a pass success rate of 83.3% and almost teed up Jay Rodriguez for a later winner.

Sofiane Boufal in action against Stoke

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: James Ward-Prowse (2)

Striker Callum Wilson leads the goalscoring charts for Bournemouth, with five goals to his name so far.

Indeed, he has already scored as many goals as he did in his 13 appearances last year, before his season was cruelly curtailed by injury against Stoke.

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (5), Junior Stanislas (3), Five players [2]
Most assists: Adam Smith, Junior Stanislas (2)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 23
Southampton: 11
Draws: 5
AFC Bournemouth: 7

Last four meetings:

March 2016: AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Southampton
November 2015: Southampton 2-0 AFC Bournemouth (Davis, Pellé)
March 2011: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton (Barnard, Hammond, Lambert)
October 2010: Southampton 2-0 AFC Bournemouth (Lambert brace)

Did you know?

- Southampton have lost just one of their last seven league games versus Bournemouth (W5 D1 L1).

- After losing their first eight Premier League games played on a Sunday, Bournemouth won their last such match, earning a dramatic 4-3 victory over Liverpool.

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