Date: 12th March 2016 at 8:34am
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A game that could have been a relegation six-pointer a month ago now has a lot less riding on it, with both Bournemouth and Swansea having built up a cushion between themselves and the drop zone.

That is not to say that both teams won’t be gunning for another victory, with Eddie Howe’s side knowing that a win this weekend will take them to 38 points, which should be enough to guarantee another season in the top flight.

The Cherries’ current three-game unbeaten run included a vital success at Newcastle last week, with Josh King back amongst the goals. They now return to home soil looking for back-to-back home wins for the first time in the Premier League; only Aston Villa have won fewer home games than Bournemouth this season.

Goals are to be expected on the south coast this weekend; the last five fixtures between these two teams have produced 22 of them, including four in the 2-2 draw in South Wales in October.

Meanwhile, back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Norwich have lifted Swansea 10 points clear of trouble, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s winner against the Canaries last weekend being met with a combination of joy and relief at the Liberty Stadium.

Francesco Guidolin remains absent from the touchline due to ill health, but the Italian, along with Neil Curtis, has inspired a change of fortunes for the Swans, whose position was looking precarious just a fortnight ago.

The visitors will leapfrog their opponents with a win this weekend, in what is the 50th league meeting between the two teams. To date, Swansea are on top with 21 wins, Bournemouth have 18 and the points have been shared on 10 occasions.

Team News:

The hosts could be without Harry Arter, who is suffering from an Achilles problem, whilst Junior Stanislas misses his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury.

Leroy Fer impressed as a substitute for the Swans last weekend – setting up the goal for Sigurdsson – and could be handed a start. Pacey winger Jefferson Montero could also return for the visitors.

League Position: Bournemouth – 14th (35 pts); Swansea – 16th (33 pts)
Previous Meeting:
Swansea 2-2 Bournemouth (November 21, 2015)
Form: Bournemouth – WLLDWW; Swansea – DDLLWW
Key Men: Bournemouth – Max Gradel; Swansea – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Shoot Says: Bournemouth 2-1 Swansea

 
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