Date/time: 20/10/2018, 15:00 (UK), 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT (USA)
Venue: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, UK
TV: None (UK), NBC Sports Gold (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.
Streaming: None (UK), NBC Sports: STREAM LINK (USA)
Radio: BBC Radio Solent (UK)
AFC Bournemouth vs. Southampton Team News:
Southampton return to action after the international break in bad need of a positive result. Mark Hughes’ Saints have only mustered one win in eight league games so far this season.
South Coast neighbours AFC Bournemouth are the side who welcome Saints back to Premier League football in a nice, local derby.
The Cherries are currently flying high in the league table, nestled in the top six.
Southampton’s squad looks set to be fully fit for Saturday, with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him out of the England squad. Meanwhile, Stuart Armstrong has overcome his calf issues to be available.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, are likely to miss Ryan Fraser and Joshua King through injury. Charlie Daniels also looks set to miss out, but is close to returning from a knee problem.
AFC Bournemouth vs. Southampton Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):
- Bournemouth’s only league victory over Southampton in 11 attempts spanning 60 years came in March 2016; Steve Cook and Benik Afobe scored in a 2-0 Premier League home win.
- Southampton have lost just two of their last 14 games against Bournemouth in all competitions (W8, D4, L2).
- The Cherries are vying to register three successive league wins in a single season for the first time since March 2016.
- Bournemouth’s tally of 16 points is their best return after eight matches of a Premier League season. It took them 16 matches to reach that mark last season.
- Eddie Howe’s side have won seven of their last 10 league fixtures.
- They could set a Premier League club record by extending their unbeaten home run to six matches. Bournemouth are also trying to win five consecutive home games in all competitions for the first time since November 2014.
- Bournemouth have only lost one of their last eight Premier League home matches (W5, D2).
- Saints have lost their last three league games by an aggregate score of 0-8. They last lost four in a row without scoring in the top flight back in December 1993.
- Southampton have not gone four consecutive Premier League matches without a goal since September to October 2004.
- They have won only three and lost nine of 16 league games under Mark Hughes.
- Southampton have scored one first-half league goal this season. Eight of their last nine goals have been scored after half-time.
- Their tally of 116 attempts on goal after eight matches this season is the third highest in the division behind Manchester City and Chelsea. However, only Cardiff have a worse shots-to-goals conversion rate than Southampton’s 5.2%.
- Danny Ings has scored four goals in eight appearances for Southampton, accounting for half of the team’s goals in all competitions this season.
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