Bournemouth vs Southampton, English Premier League, Match-Day 28.
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, Tuesday, 1-March-2016.
Southampton are keen to bounce back from the defeat to Chelsea in the weekend when they travel to Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.
Bournemouth are without a win in their last three Premier League matches and they are slowly edging closer to the relegation zone. The gap between 18th placed Newcastle United is just 5 points and the Cherries will be keen to put an end to put an end to their bad run of results on Tuesday.
The Saints were unbeaten in 6 matches before Chelsea put breaks on their run with a 2-1 win at St. Mary’s stadium on Saturday. Southampton are 7th in the Premier League table with 40 points from 27 matches, 7 points below fourth placed Manchester City. Their chances for Champions League qualification may be low, but mathematically this is still a possibility.
Last Five Premier League Matches
Bournemouth have failed to win in their last three Premier League matches, but the 0-0 away draw at Watford could raise their morale while hosting an in-form Southampton. The Cherries have managed only one win their last five home games, with two of them being defeats. Five of their last 7 home games have seen over 2.5 goals and both time Bournemouth have failed to score.
Southampton could be considered as a team in terrific despite their home defeat against Chelsea. They have also kept a clean sheet in 6 consecutive matches which came to end against Chelsea.
They are unbeaten in the last three away matches with 2 wins and a draw against Arsenal and kept a clean sheet in all of them. Four of their last away matches have seen under 1.5 goals.
Bournemouth: Team News
Bournemouth Howe has no major injury concerns, while Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings are long term absentees. Eddie Howe used a 4-4-1-1 formation in the draw against Watford, but he is expected to switch back to a 4-1-4-1 against a stronger Southampton side.
Bournemouth: Predicted Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Boruc – Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels – Surman – Ritchie, Gosling, Arter, Stanislas – Afobe.
Southampton: Team News
Victor Wayama will be serving the second of the five-match ban for picking up third red card of the season for an alleged stamp on Dimitri Payet in the game against West Ham. While, Jay Rodriguez and Gardos will miss the trip to Bournemouth through injury.
Ronald Koeman revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation against Chelsea and it will be interesting to see if he goes back to the 3-5-2 formation which was employed in the wins against Swansea and West Ham.
Southampton Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Forster – Bertrand, Cedric, Fonte, Dijk – Romeu, Clasie – Targett, Davis, Long – Pelle.
Bournemouth vs Southampton: Head-to-Head Stats
Bournemouth and Southampton have met each other in competitive matches four times, with the Saints winning all of them. Two of the meetings was in the 2010-11 League 1 before they met in the League Cup of the same year.
Their meeting at St. Mary’s stadium ended in 2-0 for Southampton courtesy of first half goals from Steven Davis and Pelle. Victor Waynama was sent off in the 78th minute after picking 2 yellow cards.
Bournemouth vs Southampton: Prediction
Bournemouth need to buck-up their ideas fast enough if they are to stay in the Premier League for another season. They have produces some good performances this season, but their recent performance is a big worry.
On the other hand, Southampton are coming into the match in good form and their defense in particular is extremely difficult to break down. They have never lost to Bournemouth so far and we may witness another Southampton victory on Tuesday.
Statistical Betting Prediction for Bournemouth vs Southampton