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STAR PREVIEW: Southampton v Bournemouth

There’s lots for Southampton fans to look forward to with the big Derby against Portsmouth next week, but there should be plenty of entertainment for onlookers at St Mary’s as they face Bournemouth tonight.

This is a tie which has been called El Coastico in recent years as the two have made it back into the Premier League and the bragging rights will be hard won given that both sides have plenty going for them. Southampton have quickly made a decent start to this season, with an unfortunate 3-0 defeat against Burnley and a 2-1 loss to Liverpool now a thing of the past, as they’ve conceded only once in four games since.

Their two wins have come away at Brighton (2-0) and Sheffield United (1-0), but their best result is probably a 1-1 draw to Manchester United here. They rode their luck against United, losing the shot count 17-7, but they took their chances and they look an improved side under Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2000)
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth
DEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton
MAR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Bournemouth 2-0 Southampton
NOV 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth
MAR 2011 LEAGUE ONE Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton
OCT 2010 LEAGUE ONE Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth
AUG 2010 CARLING CUP Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth also have seven points, with wins against Aston Villa and Everton along with a draw against Sheffield United making for a good start to the season. Eddie Howe has a lot of attacking options, and the fact Ryan Fraser didn’t start their 3-1 win against Everton simply underlines what an attacking team The Cherries are. A Callum Wilson double before Fraser scored off the bench sealed the win there and there’s plenty more threat with Josh King and Dominic Solanke also in the attacking lineup.

Southampton also bring plenty of firepower. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s 4-2-2-2 pressing formation has led to some sharp chances, even if they will miss Moussa Djenepo. Djenepo also scored the opener at Brighton, so Danny Ings must step up – however Ings has looked lively so far this season and is comfortable as a lone striker.

There will be plenty of incentive for the hosts to get at a Bournemouth defence that has not kept one clean sheet this season, and Bournemouth will be sure to go full on against Southampton with the quality they have. Both teams have scored in seven of Bournemouth’s last eight Premier League games and they can do so again – and the 8/1 that both teams score in both halves could be a live interest.

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