Premier League In Focus – Southampton vs Bournemouth Preview

When? Saturday 28th April, 15:00 (UK)

Where? St Mary’s Stadium

What channel is it on? Southampton vs Bournemouth will not be televised live in the UK

Are tickets still available?

Southampton - https://www.ticketbis.net/southampton-v-bournemouth-tickets/ev332625

Bournemouth - SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Southampton W2, Bournemouth W1, D2
Premier League meetings: Southampton W2, Bournemouth W1, D2
All-time meetings: Southampton W12, Bournemouth W7, D7

SOUTHAMPTON

Predicted line-up: McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bertrand; Lemina, Romeu, Hojbjerg; Austin, Long

Unavailable:

Doubtful: Davis (Injured)

BOURNEMOUTH

Predicted line-up: Begovic; Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; L. Cook, Surman; Fraser, King, Ibe; Wilson

Unavailable: A. Smith (Injured), Mings (Injured), Stanislas (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
Southampton had the distraction of the FA Cup last weekend but now it is back to the Premier League and the relegation battle that they are really struggling to get the better of. Mark Hughes’ men have not won any of their last eight league outings and are running out of games to turn things around.

They are four points from safety but will be boosted by the fact that the team above them - Swansea - play host to Chelsea, so there is at least scope for that gap to be eroded. However, they are going to have to do something which is alien to them as of late, that being winning a league fixture.

Standing in their way this weekend is their local rivals Bournemouth and although this is not the feistiest of derbies, the stakes will at least be high as far as the Saints are concerned. For the Cherries though, it is a case of job almost done.

If Eddie Howe’s men win at St Mary’s then they will secure a fourth straight Premier League season. Even if they don’t though, you get the feeling that there are too many teams below them to cause them any real issues between now and the final day.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The first ever Premier League meeting between these two clubs came back in November 2016 with St Mary’s as the setting. It was also the first ever meeting between the two clubs outside of England’s third tier.

It was a game that Southampton were in full control of and they earned a relatively comfortable 2-0 home win thanks to first half strikes from Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle.