AFC Bournemouth will look to revive their flagging season at home against Leicester City on Saturday.
The South Coast club have made a dire start to the new Premier League season, scoring only four and conceding 11 times in their six games so far. Eddie Howe will hope to build upon the encouraging signs in the last two matches, as they host Leicester at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Though it seemed Bournemouth’s fortunes were turning after a hard-fought victory over South Coast rivals Brighton, they were dealt a huge blow by Oumar Niasse and Everton last time out. After taking the lead early in the second half against the Toffees, the Cherries conceded two quick-fire goals in the last ten minutes to end up on the losing side.
It was another loss from a winning position by Bournemouth. They have lost 28 points from winning positions in the Premier League since last season, the worst in the league. Howe will no doubt press this fact upon his beleaguered defense.
Despite this, there were things to build upon for the Cherries in their last two fixtures. Another encouraging stat for Bournemouth is that their upcoming opponents, Leicester, have never beaten them in the Premier League. Bournemouth won the corresponding fixture last season 1-0, with Marc Pugh scoring the solitary goal.
It is unlikely that Pugh will start against the Foxes, who are managed by Craig Shakespeare and only have one more point than Bournemouth. A win will see Bournemouth out of the relegation spots in the embryonic Premier League table, and above their Saturday opponents.
The deposed English champions lost their previous game against Liverpool 3-2 and come into this not having won for four games in the league. They will be reliant on Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to bring the magic which inspired their unlikely title triumph a couple of seasons ago.
It promises to be a contentious game, with both teams hoping to go into the international break with a win. The match will be overseen by Graham Scott.
Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson, Harry Arter and Adam Federici will be missing for Bournemouth, while Matty James and Robert Huth will not be traveling with Leicester.