Premier League In Focus – Bournemouth vs Arsenal Preview

When? Sunday 14th January, 13:30 (UK)

Where? Vitality Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Arsenal W4, D1
Premier League meetings: Arsenal W5, D1
All-time meetings: Arsenal W5, D1

BOURNEMOUTH

Predicted line-up: Begovic; A. Smith, S. Cook, Francis, Daniels; L. Cook, Arter; Ibe, Afobe, Fraser; Wilson

Unavailable: Mings (Injured), Defoe (Injured)

Doubtful: King (Injured), Stanislas (Injured)

ARSENAL

Predicted line-up: Cech; Chambers, Mustafi, Holding; Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles; Sanchez, Iwobi; Lacazette

Unavailable: Cazorla (Injured), Giroud (Injured), Monreal (Injured), Kolasinac (Injured), Koscielny (Injured)

Doubtful: Ozil (Injured), Ramsey (Injured), Wilshere (Injured)

PREDICTION
Bournemouth may be 16th in the Premier League at the start of the weekend but with them playing a day later than most of the teams around them their situation could become a lot more precarious, while the visit of Arsenal on Sunday could only worsen their plight further. Arsene Wenger’s side have slipped away in the race for fourth and are under pressure to deliver after an embarrassing defeat in the FA Cup last weekend. The Gunners can ill afford to drop any more points while the Cherries need a win to keep their heads above water; something will have to give but Arsenal are favoured.

MEMORABLE MEETING
Just over a year ago the two sides met at the Vitality Stadium and Eddie Howe is probably still asking himself how his side did not earn all three points. Bournemouth raced into a 3-0 lead only to be pegged back as Arsenal snatched what at one stage looked like a very unlikely point. Oliver Giroud was the hero with a 90th minute equaliser as the Gunners made sure they did not return to North London empty handed.