In what is a real must-win encounter for Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, the Cherries will welcome bitter rivals Southampton to an empty Vitality with it all to play for.
While Eddie Howe’s side might have been hit with a 2-1 defeat away at now-former champions Manchester City in midweek, they really put on a spirited display and will still be boosted by their stunning comeback against Leicester last weekend.
On the flip side, battling from behind to snatch a point off of Brighton at St. Mary’s on Thursday night, Southampton have continued to shine since returning from the enforced break and the mood in their camp is at a real high.
However, while the Saints might have a growing reputation for their performances on the road, they could be concerned by their most recent meeting against the relegation scrappers.
When the two South Coast rivals faced off earlier in the season, Bournemouth picked up a 3-1 win on the road and have lost just one of their last six meetings against Southampton. A similar victory this weekend can be found priced at 13/10 with Paddy Power for Sunday afternoon.
Bournemouth show their fight
While on paper it might show that Bournemouth left the Etihad with a 2-1 defeat, the Cherries were frightfully unlucky to have left empty-handed after asking Manchester City a string of questions in midweek.
Although Sunday’s hosts might have managed to pick up just a single Premier League victory since February 1st, they will still be boosted by what was a famous comeback against Leicester last weekend.
Putting four past the Champions League chasers in the space of just 17 minutes, Eddie Howe’s side find themselves sat three points adrift of safety with two contests remaining.
Glad to see Dominic Solanke end his goal drought with a brace last weekend, the Cherries have continued to produce a string of high-scoring encounters either side of the enforced break.
Aside from their controversial stalemate against Spurs earlier in the month, Bournemouth’s other four previous contests at the Vitality have seen over 2.5 goals by the final whistle. You might be interested to know that a similar high-scoring contest this weekend can be found priced at 8/11 with William Hill.
Elsewhere, coming off the bench to find the net late on at the Etihad earlier in the week, David Brooks is set to be recalled to Howe’s starting Xi on Sunday afternoon.
The Saints go marching on
Once again leaving it late to snatch a point against Brighton on Thursday night, Southampton have really started to enjoy themselves at the back end of the campaign.
Still boosted by what was a stunning 96th-minute equalizer at Old Trafford last weekend, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men are in the midst of a five-match Premier League unbeaten run and have continued to shine on their travels.
Enjoying arguably their brightest spell of the season so far, Sunday’s guests also have one leading marksman who has shocked many with a record-breaking campaign at St. Mary’s this year.
Once again finding the net against Brighton earlier in the week, Danny Ings has now bagged 20 Premier League strikes this season and only Jamie Vardy sits ahead of him in the race for the Golden Boot.
In fact, Ings is the first Saints player to score 20 goals in a Premier League season since James Beattie in 2002-03.
Heavily tipped with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad when international football makes its return, the former Liverpool striker can be found priced at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally in Sunday’s derby.