St. Mary’s Stadium will be the venue this Saturday as Southampton welcome Bournemouth in the 36th round fixture of on-going Premier League season. The exciting contest is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm GMT.
The Saints are looking daunted in the league campaign as they have tasted 3 defeats in the last 4 league matches. Southampton were involved in a 0-0 draw in their last Premier League outing against Leicester City. Meanwhile, the home side stormed out of the FA Cup semifinal following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Wembley.
Prior to the dismal run, Mark Hughes’ men are hanging in the relegation zone as they sit at 18th position in the standings. Courtesy of 5 wins and 15 defeats so far, the Saints have bagged 29 points in the campaign and are trailing the safe zone by 4 points. With 4 games left to play in the league season, the hosts would want to win them all and book their place in the top flight for the next season.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth have struggled to get going in the league season with series of uncanny performances. The away side have registered just a single victory in their last 9 league outings. After suffering a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool away from home, Eddie Howe’s men were toppled by Manchester United in their last league match by a 2-0 score-line.
The Cherries are currently placed at 11th position in the league standings with 38 points in their bags. Bournemouth have managed 9 wins and 15 defeats from 35 matches in the campaign so far. With the season right at the end, the visitors will be keen to showcase some resilient display against struggling hosts in order to finish the season inside the top half.
The saints will come into this game with just a single injury concern. Midfielder Sofiane Boufal remains doubtful for the game following the illness.
Meanwhile, the Cherries are facing three injury problems at the moment. Defender Adam Smith is still out of the action for the visitors following a collateral ligament injury.
Furthermore, defender Rhoys Wiggins is sidelined for the fixture due to the knee injury.
In addition, midfielder Junior Stanislas is ruled out of the season courtesy of late March’s knee injury.
Southampton vs Bournemouth Prediction
The two Premier League clubs were involved in a competitive 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture. Analyzing the current league form, we expect a tight affair between these two struggling sides.
Our Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Bournemouth
Southampton vs Bournemouth Betting Tips
For the football fans who are thinking about betting on Southampton vs Bournemouth, the chances of earning is high if you place the bet on Southampton. In bet365, the odd for Southampton winning the game is 13/20, and for Bournemouth, it is 4/1. Meanwhile, if you wish to bet on draw, the odd is 14/5.
Meanwhile, if you are willing to place a bet on a single player to score, then you can go for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. The striker is having a terrific season for the Cherries as he looks solid up front to score blistering goals.