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Southampton v Bournemouth: St. Mary’s South Coast Battle!

Southampton Face Off Against Bournemouth Still In Trouble And Looking Over Their Shoulders. The Cherries, Inconsistent, Could Drop The Saints Right In It! Team News. Manager Comments. Stats, And Prediction.  

By: Marc Gingell

Shane Long got Southampton off to a seven-second flyer at Watford last Monday but they failed to put the game to bed and paid the price just before the end of normal time. Dropping points, from a winning position, is something Southampton have been guilty of all season and they are top of that Premier League table.

 Match Details

27-04-2019 St. Mary’s Stadium Southampton (16) v Bournemouth (14)
KO:15:00 REF: G Scott

Southampton Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Michael Obafemi Hamstring injury. Jannik Vestergaard Muscle injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Alex McCarthy Muscle injury. Ryan Bertrand Ankle injury. Matt Targett Muscle injury. Stuart Armstrong Hamstring injury. Shane Long Knock.

Ralph Hasenhuttl Comments

“If I thought we could not do this, I would not have taken the job.

In the moment I made the decision to do this job, it was clear I trust my team and that we can stay in the league. The way was a very difficult one, but we invested a lot, my staff and the team in this club, to leave this negative track we were in.

I think we have now the feeling that we are in a period where something is growing here and that is the most important thing for everybody working in this club, that we see that we started to go on a journey that is going in the right direction.”

Pattaya One. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Bournemouth Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Charlie Daniels Knee injury. Simon Francis Anterior cruciate ligament. Diego Rico Ankle injury. Andrew Surman Calf injury. Lewis Cook Anterior cruciate ligament. Adam Smith Knock. Junior Stanislas Knee injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Nathaniel Clyne Hamstring injury.

Eddie Howe Comments

“It’s important we don’t go into next season with any negative momentum so I think the way we finish this season will be hugely important.

We’ve usually finished the season very strongly and we’re keen to do that again.”

Pattaya One. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

Opta Stats

  • Southampton have lost just one of their last 11 meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions (W6 D4), a 0-2 loss in March 2016.
  • Bournemouth have never won away against Southampton in any competition, drawing five and losing nine of their 14 meetings.
  • Southampton have won three of their last four home league games, as many as they had in their previous 24 at St Mary’s (W3 D11 L10).
  • Southampton have scored at least once in their last 12 Premier League home games – only Man City (19), Arsenal (17) and Liverpool (13) are enjoying a longer such run in the competition.
  • After a run of nine consecutive away league defeats, Bournemouth have won two of their last three on the road. The Cherries’ last away game saw them pick up their biggest ever top-flight away win (5-0 vs Brighton).
  • None of Bournemouth’s last 20 away league games has ended in a draw (W6 L14), with the winning side netting at least twice every time.
  • In the last five Premier League games in which he’s scored, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has also provided at least one assist – the longest such run in the competition’s history.
  • Southampton’s Danny Ings has only scored in one of his last eight home league appearances, scoring twice in Saints’ 3-2 win against Arsenal in December.
  • Southampton’s Shane Long has scored in his last two home appearances in the Premier League, having netted in just one of his previous 32. He’s never scored in three successive home games in the competition before.
  • Just two of Bournemouth striker Josh King’s 11 Premier League goals this season have come away from home, with the Norwegian’s last seven coming at home.

Prediction

Southampton’s on-loan striker from Liverpool Danny Ings had a poor game against Newcastle and Sat out Monday night’s game with Watford. But, if he gets the chance against Bournemouth, he could be the difference between the two sides.

Southampton 3 Bournemouth 2

 

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