Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Bournemouth
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, November 1 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET )
Match Odds: Southampton 8/15 – Draw 3/1 – Bournemouth 5/1
The Saints are unbeaten in four so go into the game as overwhelming favourites as they look to continue their fine form.
Ronald Koeman’s men have been able to fully focus on the Premier League in the absence of European football and with only one loss in their last seven in the Premier League, it seems they are capitalising on that.
Southampton’s Premier League record: P10 – W3 – D5 – L2Embed from Getty Images
A 1-1 draw at Liverpool last week was followed by a 2-1 League Cup win over Aston Villa on Wednesday and they look to be in good shape.
Bournemouth approach the derby in a rut having lost 5-1 in each of their last two league games to Manchester City and Tottenham. They then fell 1-0 to Liverpool in midweek League Cup action.
They have lost their last three against the Saints and have never won at St Mary’s.
Bournemouth’s Premier League record: P10 – W2 – D2 – L6
With one win in their last seven Premier League games, it’s tough to see the Cherries picking up any points here. Injuries to Max Gradel and Callum Wilson have hurt the club’s chances of survival but they mustn’t let their heads drop.Embed from Getty Images
Southampton will be without long-term absentees Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos through knee injuries. Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez are expected to also be on the sidelines as they struggle to shake off knocks. Sadio Mane is facing a suspension following last weekend’s red card at Anfield.
Bournemouth are missing Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson through long-term knee injuries as all three are expected to miss the rest of this season. Tommy Elphick is out until December with an ankle injury.
Southampton’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/D/D
Bournemouth’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/D/L/L
Key Stat: Bournemouth have never won away at Southampton.
Key Player: Graziano Pelle – The powerful Italian has been sensational early on this season and the goals keep on coming. Expect him to get amongst the goals at the weekend against a fragile Bournemouth defence.Embed from Getty Images
Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth – The South Coast derby should be quite a spectacle but it should result in a home win for the Saints. Bournemouth are coming off back-to-back 5-1 defeats and the Saints should take advantage.