Date: 1st March 2016 at 11:30am
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The Cherries host the Saints in a south coast derby looking for their first win in this fixture since 1958 as they continue their Premier League survival bid.

Bournemouth’s goalless draw with Watford on Saturday was the fifth time they have failed to score in their past ten games; despite a promising start from new man Benik Afobe, the frontmen have not been firing on all cylinders for Eddie Howe’s side in recent weeks.

In addition, the Cherries are struggling to keep them out at the other end, particularly at home; only Everton have conceded more than Bournemouth’s 21 goals on home soil this season and last time out saw them ship three in defeat to Stoke.

The point at Vicarage Road saw Howe’s men edge another point nearer safety; they now sit five points above the relegation places and realistically need around another ten points from their last 11 games to ensure that they will be dining in the top-flight again next season.

Southampton’s recent momentum was brought to a halt by Chelsea (1-2) on Saturday, as Ronald Koeman’s side saw a 1-0 lead overturned St Mary’s.

The defeat was Saints’ first reverse in seven matches, but they remain a healthy seventh and just four points behind Manchester United in the final European spot.

Whilst their hosts on Tuesday can’t stop conceding goals at home, Southampton are notoriously miserly on the road; their tally of 11 away goals conceded is the joint-best record in the division this season, and includes six clean sheets on their travels.

Team News:

Max Gradel returned from a long injury lay-off to make a substitute appearance at Watford on Saturday, but is unlikely to be risked from the start despite fellow winger Junior Stanislas being unavailable after picking up a knock at the weekend. Striker Lewis Grabban is doubtful with a groin strain.

Southampton’s goalscorer from the weekend; Shane Long, is rated 50/50 as he struggles with a hamstring strain, whilst midfielder Victor Wanyama sits out the third of his five-match suspension; one of his three red cards this season came in November’s reverse fixture against Bournemouth, which Saints won 2-0.

League Positions: Bournemouth – 15th (29 pts); Southampton – 7th (40 pts)
Previous Meeting: Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth – November 22, 2015
League Form: Bournemouth – WDWLLD; Southampton – WWDWWL
Key Players: Bournemouth – Benik Afobe; Southampton – Dusan Tadic
Shoot Says: Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton

 
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