Bournemouth host Swansea City in a battle to stay away from relegation zone on the matchday 30 of the English Premier League.
Bournemouth are 14th in the table with 35 points, while Swansea are 16th with 33 points and are currently safe from the threat of relegation. They are at a considerable gap with the 18th placed Norwich City, who are on 24 points and will be in action against Manchester City in an early kick-off on Saturday.
Both teams have won their last two fixtures and are in good form. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth were comfortable winners over Newcastle away from home last weekend. While Swansea grabbed a narrow win over Norwich City, but their most inspiring performance came a week before against Arsenal as they came from behind for a priceless victory at the Emirates stadium.
Bournemouth have won their last two games in the league before failing to win in four consecutive matches. Their home is not great at the moment as they have won 2 and lost 3 of their last 5 matches in the league.
Swansea are in a similar run like their Saturday’s opponent as they bagged back-to-back wins in the Premier League before going winless in four. Their last three home matches have seen over three goals, with both teams scoring.
They have lost only once in their last four away games, with 2 wins, 1 draw and a loss. The Welsh side have also scored at least a goal in each of their last five away games.
Bournemouth: Team News
Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings are long term absentees for Bournemouth and they are now joined by Junior Stanislas, who will be out until April.
Harry Arter is a doubt, but is expected to feature at some capacity from the bench if required.
Bournemouth: Predicted Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Boruc – Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels – Surman – Ritchie, Gosling, Gradel, Pugh – Afobe.
Swansea: Team News
Swansea head-coach Francesco Guidolin is set to miss his team’s third game in a row as he is still recovering from a chest infection and Alan Curtis will be once again in charge of the The Swans once again.
Swansea have no major injury concerns for their trip to Bournemouth, but midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung is a minor doubt.
Swansea: Predicted line-up (4-3-1-2)
Fabianski – Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Naughton – Cork, Britton, Leroy Fer – Sigurdsson – Ayew, Paloschi.
Bournemouth vs Swansea: Head-to-Head Stats
This seasons’s first leg Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw, with all the four goals falling inside the first half.
This was the first competitive meeting between the sides since 2007. In the last six meetings between them, Swansea have won in four, while Bournemouth have one win to their name.
Swansea City head into this game after remaining undefeated in their last three games away to Bournemouth, with 2 wins and a draw.
Bournemouth vs Swansea: Prediction
Both sides are heading to this game on the back of some good wins and it is hard to separate them on paper. However, previous meetings between the two shows that they rarely play out a draw at full time.
Backing on home advantage, Bournemouth are slight favorites and could edge this one on Saturday.