Bournemouth vs. Southampton / Premier League – Two remaining matches of the 15th round of English Premier League will be played on Sunday and in the first of them 15th-placed Bournemouth meets 11th-positioned Southampton, which has two points more. Both teams play variably lately and we need to mention that last year the guests from Southampton won at this very stadium by 3-1, while no goals were scored at their stadium. Begins: 03.12.2017 – 14:30 CET
Right because of that in Bournemouth believe that the time has come to finally win Southampton, especially as in that way they would be higher positioned in the table for the first time this season than their great neighbouring rival. However, to do something like that they need to play much better than last week when they met Burnley at home and lost by 2-1.
True, before that coach Howe players had played three good matches when they won away Newcastle and Huddersfield at home, while before that they drew away with Swansea. In those matches goalkeeper Begovic had managed to defend his goal and quite surely Bournemouth have to again play good defence in order to make good result against Southampton. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are defenders Mings and B. Smith, and winger Stanislas.
Probable lineups Bournemouth: Begovic – A. Smith, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels – L. Cook, Arter – Ibe, King, Fraser – Wilson
Regarding the other Premier League team from south of England, they were unluckily defeated in previous round by leading Manchester City as they received the second goal for the final 2-1 in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Given before that match they won Everton at home by even 4-1 it can be concluded that coach Pellegrino can be satisfied with performances of his team, especially as it recently had a series of two defeats and one draw.
It will be very interesting to see how all that will look on the pitch against their great local rival Bournemouth, which traditionally plays with strong emphasis at home, so coach Pellegrino players will probably use a bit more defensive tactic than in several previos matches. Regarding problems with absences, on the injured list are for considerable time defenders Pied and Targett, while another defender, Soares, was also slightly injured in the match with the Citizens.
Probable lineups Southampton: Forster – Yoshida, van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand – Romeu, Davis – Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal – Austin
Bournemouth – Southampton PICK
Since this is great local derby between teams that put far more emphasis on defence than attack this season, it is then most realistic to expect to see just a few goals on Vitality stadium on Sunday.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 at betvictor (down to 1.67 can be played)