AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is targeting the Cherries first back-to-back victories of the season.
AFC Bournemouth host their closest neighbours in the Football League on Sunday, as Southampton make the short trip along the south coast for a Super Sunday fixture live on Sky Sports.
The Cherries haven’t won consecutive games since March, when the Cherries started a run of three consecutive victories by beating Southampton before taking the three points against Newcastle United and Swansea City.
Following Tuesday night’s victory at Dean Court over Leicester City, Eddie Howe’s side have however won consecutive home fixtures having beaten Liverpool earlier this month.
Victory over Southampton will extend that home form and improve on AFC Bournemouth’s current record of the fifth best home statistics in the Premier League.
Arter told the Daily Echo…
‘…We have to make sure we stop that yo-yoing and get a few back-to-back wins so we can keep looking upwards rather than behind us…’
‘…We want to do as well as we can in this league, As players, we don`t really think about things like rivalries.
‘We just want to be as high as we can in the league and hopefully be in front of as many teams as we can.
‘But there was a great atmosphere when we played Southampton here last season. It`s a big game for the fans and hopefully we can perform.’
IT’S NOT A DERBY!
Fans of the famous Brighton & Hove Albion Infrastructure drinking game might like to try a festive alternative to celebrate the Cherries’ fine form.
Introducing ‘It’s not a derby’ bingo. Unfortunately this one can’t be played as a drinking game by anyone who wishes to hold down a job or is close to the end of their weekly washing cycle. Too dangerous.
The rules are simple – monitor any form of social media over the next few days and pick up points for any of the following:
1 point – Saints fan saying ‘it’s not a derby’
2 points – Saints fan telling you that you think it is a derby.
3 points – lonely Pompey fan getting involved for unknown reasons.
4 points – Saints and Pompey fans love in.
5 points – Saints fan giving it the biggun because they beat the worst Inter Milan team in 50 years (they seem to have gone quiet with their Europa League boasts recently so this is rare).
There are literally thousands of points up for grabs on this one. I’ve already scored a full house in the responses to Jack Wilshere’s tweet about looking forward to his first south coast derby.
Good luck! – Join the conversation here.
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