AFC Bournemouth and Southampton meet at Vitality Stadium, in a match for the 15th round of the Premier League. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins and 1 loss in the last 3 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 18-12-2016, for the Premier League, which ended with the victory of Southampton by (1-3). The goals of the match were scored by N. Aké (6 ‘), for AFC Bournemouth, and R. Bertrand (14’) and J. Rodriguez (48 ‘e 85′), for Southampton. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 15 th position of the league, with 14 points won, after 4 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Swansea City, by (0-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Burnley, by (1-2). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 17 conceded; against 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 18 conceded. For the league, AFC Bournemouth won 7 points out of 21 possible points, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 7 home matches. In 14 matches in this competition, they have only won 1 of the 7 matches they suffered in the first goal. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 11 goals between minutes (61’-75 ‘).
The Bournemouth arrive at this motivated day, consequence of the rebuff in house in front of the Burnley, by 1-2, adding the according game followed without winning in the English championship: King was the author of the unique goal. In this home game, coach Eddie Howe must keep the team in a 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Joshua King is a very important player in the organization of the offensive process. However, the great highlight of the team is the spearhead Callum Wilson, with 3 goals scored. For this match the coach does not have Federic, Stanislas and Mings, all injured.
After 4 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses, the away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 16 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Everton, by (4-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Manchester City, by (2-1). This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. In the last 6 away league matches Southampton has a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 5 points out of 18 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 4 away matches. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback. In the last 7 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘).
Southampton comes to this game with a defeat on Manchester City, 2-1, adding the third snub in the last four games played in the championship: Oriol Romeo scored the only goal of the team. Normally coach Mauricio Pellegrino plays in 4-2-3-1, privileging the organization of his block and counterattacks, but in some moments of the game he must benefit possession of the ball and slow attacks. Steven Davis is the great highlight of the visiting team, with 3 goals and 1 assist. Targett is still absent from the team, due to an injury.
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