Two out-of-form sides sat safely in mid-table meet on the south coast on Saturday when Bournemouth host West Brom, looking to provide their fans with some end of season cheer.
The Cherries have been disappointing in front of their own faithful of late, and come into the game on the back of three consecutive home defeats in which they have conceded 10 goals in the process.
However, they have been successful against West Brom on two separate occasions this season in league and cup, and are in search of a first ever league double against the Baggies.
Their victory in the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns was sealed by goals from Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels, two of 10 goals scored by Cherries defenders this season, the highest tally in the Premier League.
West Brom are in even worse form than their hosts, having picked up just two points from the last 21 available; Tony Pulis’ side seem to have switched off since they reached the magic 40-point mark.
They have also been poor in front of goal in that winless run, having found the net just twice in their last seven fixtures, going goalless in five of those matches.
Pulis – who this weekend returns to a club where he had spells as a player and manager – will have talks with the board at the end of the season as to whether he will remain Albion boss; a couple of wins to end the season would surely help his cause.
Defensive duo Adam Smith and Sylvain Distin are absent this weekend, but Max Gradel could return to the squad for Eddie Howe’s side.
Pulis is set to ring the changes to try and end West Brom’s poor run, with young trio Tyler Roberts, Sam Field and Jonathan Leko expected to appear in the squad. James Morrison, who is rumoured to be leaving the club in the summer, could also feature having recovered from a lengthy lay-off.
League Position: Bournemouth – 15th (41 pts); West Brom – 14th (41 pts)
Previous Meeting: West Brom 1-2 Bournemouth (December 19, 2015)
Form: Bournemouth – LLWLLL; West Brom – DLLLDL
Key Men: Bournemouth – Josh King; West Brom – Saido Berahino
Shoot Says: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom