Bournemouth vs Southampton – Match Preview
With just two games of the Premier League season remaining, the objective for Bournemouth is clear and it is one which is as simple as this, the Cherries must win both their remaining fixtures or the threat of relegation, is one that will turn into a stark reality.
After defeat to Manchester City in midweek, they are staring down the barrel as far as demotion is concerned and after suffering a reversal of fortune at the Etihad, manager Eddie Howe was an obvious figure of anguish.
He knows more than anyone, that time is now running out and if they don’t get the better of local rivals Southampton on Sunday, their five-season stint in the Premier League will come to a rather unwanted end.
Their survival hopes took a massive boost after an impressive comeback win over Leicester, but it was always going to be something of a difficult task, to then follow that up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Which is why the relegation battleground transfers to the Vitality Stadium and the visit of a Southampton side, that on the face of things have absolutely nothing to play for, something that could play massively into Bournemouth’s hands.
However, even if Southampton have every right to take their collective foot off of the pedal, they certainly have not been doing so recently and they make the short trip across the South Coast having gone unbeaten in their last five Premier League fixtures.
In addition to that, they also possess forward Danny Ings within their ranks and with the former Liverpool and Burnley forward currently on 20 goals for the season, the Golden Boot (top scorer in the division award) is still potentially up for grabs.
For that to happen, he will have to reel in Jamie Vardy, who with 23 goals to his name, currently tops the charts and is the favourite to win the trophy himself – something you can back at roughly -114 (could be worth a bankroll builder over the course of the week)
Which means goals for the Saints could well be on the agenda and with Bournemouth missing Nathan Ake through injury, not to mention the fact that Ings has scored 55% of his goals away from home, all signs point to the goal markets on Sunday.
Although, a look at the moneyline actually has Bournemouth as the favourites to win this game at +141, a status they don’t usually tend to have and if you think they can keep their Premier League dream alive, this is something to consider.
However, if we go back to the goal markets, there are two that garner more interest than any other and the first of those is Over 2.5 in total. If you think that will be the case, you can back this outcome at -137.
While if you think Danny Ings can add to his tally of 20 league goals and hunt down Jamie Vardy in terms of personal accolades, you can back the hitman to score anytime, at the rather generous price of +110.