AFC Bournemouth v Southampton: Match Preview

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Eddie Howe’s men host Southampton on Tuesday night as the Cherries look to push further up the table and away from the relegation zone in this South Coast clash.

A hard earned 0-0 draw with Watford at the weekend has put Bournemouth 5 points clear of the drop zone, whilst Southampton had their impressive unbeaten streak halted by Chelsea on Saturday.

Despite this loss, Fraser Forster has been outstanding in goal for the Saints and helped set a club record of 708 minutes without conceding, prior to Fabregas’ goal.

Bournemouth have failed to score in 3 of the last 4 games and their attacking threat has weakened somewhat as Junior Stanislas looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury.

AFC Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas

Lewis Grabban will face a late fitness test to decide his participation in the game and Max Gradel is unlikely to start after his long term injury, but may be involved at some point alike he was against Watford.

For Southampton, midfield powerhouse Victor Wanyama continues to watch from the stands as he carries out the third match of his five match suspension for registering three red cards already this season.

Ronald Koeman is unsure about the fitness of inform striker Shane Long who was withdrawn against Chelsea.

Florian Gardos and Jay Rodriguez are also short of match fitness but other than that, the Dutchman has a full squad to choose from.

The last time these teams met at Dean Court was in March 2011 in League One, as goals from Rickie Lambert and Dean Hammond helped Southampton to a 3-1 win.

This Premier League clash on Tuesday night highlights the fantastic success both clubs have enjoyed since then as the Saints will be focused on continuing to push for the top six, whilst Bournemouth try and avoid relegation.