Bournemouth are aiming to win back-to-back home games to strengthen their survival hopes against an impressive Southampton side. We preview this clash as Bournemouth look to climb out of the relegation zone.
Who is playing?
Bournemouth vs Southampton
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 37
What time is Bournemouth vs Southampton?
14:00 BST, Sunday 19th July 2020
Where do Bournemouth play?
The Vitality stadium, Bournemouth, England
Where can I watch Bournemouth vs Southampton?
Thoughts on Bournemouth vs Southampton
Bournemouth ended their wretched run of defeats with an impressive second half turnaround last weekend against Leicester. Bournemouth then put in a superb performance at the Etihad on Wednesday but got no reward for their efforts. The Cherries probably could have, and should have, come away from The Etihad with a point. The Cherries even broke the Premier League record for most goal attempts at The Etihad and fewest conceded there, during Guardiola’s time in the Premier League. So with their win over Leicester and two goals at Old Trafford, there’s every chance they can get results from their final two games of the season.
After their poor start to the season, Southampton will be grateful that they haven’t got too much to play for with two games remaining, which shows how far they have come since their humiliating defeat to Leicester last Autumn. Since the restart, they have gained 12 points from a possible 21, this includes an impressive win against Manchester City and a last gasp draw at Manchester United. The Saints will look to extend their unbeaten run to six league games.
Bournemouth looking to escape the drop
After a tough run of fixtures, Bournemouth will be grateful that their two remaining fixtures should be easier, at least on paper. The Cherries have faced Chelsea, Liverpool, Wolves, Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City in their last nine game either side of the break. However, Southampton will not be pushovers and the hosts will have to put in a similar performance to the one they produced at The Etihad on Wednesday to get anything from the game.
Inconsistency has been a problem for Bournemouth recently. Against Newcastle and Crystal Palace, Bournemouth were far from their best but in the second half against Leicester and against Manchester City, Bournemouth were much better but because they were facing tougher opposition only got three points from those two games. Finding the net has also been a problem for Bournemouth this season, they have fired blanks in 14 games this season, which is 39% of games where they have failed to score. However, in the last five games, they have scored eight goals.
Southampton looking to extend their unbeaten run
Both sides looked very different when they played each other in the reverse fixture. Bournemouth’s first ever win at Southampton meant they moved up to third. While the defeat for Southampton was the first of eight league games in which they failed to win which included the 9-0 defeat to Leicester. However, Southampton have had a remarkable turnaround since that run of games whilst their south coast opponents are in real danger of relegation.
Scoring is not an issue for Southampton away from home. They have scored in the last five games they have played on the road. They are unbeaten in their last four away games. However, they have drawn their last two away games so they will hope to go one better this time round. They have fared better on the road this season. They have scored more goals – 1.56 on the road per game compared to 1.00 goal per game at home. They also concede less away from home – 1.89 at home per game compared to 1.39 away from home per game.
Head to Head
Bournemouth recent matches:
- Manchester City (a) 2-1 defeat
- Leicester (h) 4-1 win
- Tottenham (h) 0-0 draw
- Manchester United (a) 5-2 defeat
- Newcastle (h) 1-4 defeat
Southampton recent matches:
- Brighton (h) 1-1 draw
- Manchester United (a) 2-2 draw
- Everton (a) 1-1 draw
- Manchester City (h) 1-0 win
- Watford (a) 1-3 win
Bournemouth top contributors
- Callum Wilson (Forward with 8 goals and 1 assist) – Wilson is Bournemouth’s top scorer this season even after missing several games through injury but he hasn’t scored since the restart with his last goal coming in Bournemouth’s last game before the break.
- Joshua King (Forward with 5 goals and 3 assists) – King has struggled with injuries this season, missing an enormous part of the middle of the season. He was last directly involved in a goal when he scored one and assisted another at Old Trafford on July 4th.
Southampton top contributors
- Danny Ings (Forward with 20 goals and 2 assists) – Ings scores 0.68 goals every 90 minutes that he’s on the pitch. He is Southampton’s top scorer, and he is the joint 2nd highest scorer in the Premier League, He has 5 goals and 1 assist since the restart.
- James Ward Prowse (Midfielder with 5 goals and 4 assists) – Ward-browse has 1 goal and 0 assists since the restart
- Stuart Armstrong (Midfielder with 5 goals and 4 assists) – Armstrong has got 2 goals and 3 assists since the restart
|20th September 2019||SOU 1-3 BOU||Premier League|
|27th April 2019||SOU 3-3 BOU||Premier League|
|20th October 2018||BOU 0-0 SOU||Premier League|
|28th April 2018||SOU 2-1 BOU||Premier League|
|3rd December 2017||BOU 1-1 SOU||Premier League|
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