After our defeat up at the Riverside Stadium to Middlesbrough, the Cherries are back at Dean Court and this time the visitors are the bottom club Sunderland. Sunderland are in their tenth season in the Premier League since being promoted from the Championship at the end of the 2006-2007 season.
Their present manager is David Moyes who took over in the Summer from Sam Allardyce. It hasn`t been a good start for Moyes and Sunderland as they are bottom of the league. It is also their worst start to a season in any league and also in the history of the Premier League.
Amongst their Summer signings and also a club record, they brought in Laurient midfield player Didier Ndong for a reported fee of £13.6 million, another signing was centre-back Papy Djilobodji for £8 million from Chelsea. They also signed two players from Manchester United, Paddy McNair and Donald Love, each fetching a fee of £2.75 million. Among the players who departed was Younes Kaboul who has joined Watford.
Sunderland`s away record so far this season have seen defeats at Manchester City, Spurs, Stoke City and West Ham, all the games finished with one goal between the sides, except at Stoke City. They drew at Saints to pick up their only away point so far. At home they haven`t fared any better with defeats to Middlesbrough, Everton, Crystal Palace and in their last game and heaviest defeat so far was against Arsenal. The only point they have picked up at home was against West Bromwich Albion.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Andrew Surman out with a hamstring injury after going off injured at Middlesbrough. His place could be filled by Dan Gosling. Hopefully Junior Stanislas will be back from a calf injury.
Player to watch: Harry Arter
Will stick with Harry Arter, he has been outstanding in midfield in our last three home games against Spurs, Hull and Everton.
Sunderland Team News:
We will not see David Moyes on the touch-line on Saturday as he starts a one game ban. On the injury front, Seb Larsson their Swedish midfield player has returned from injury three months earlier than expected, but probably won`t be available for Saturday as he builds up his fitness. John O`Shea could be a doubt for Saturday after limping off with an injury against Arsenal. Sunderland have several players who have had long term injuries and are in/or near a return to training.
Player to watch: Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe, an old favourite of AFCB fans when in his younger days was on loan to us. Now a 34-year-old, he has scored five of the seven Premier League goals Sunderland have scored this season, two were from the penalty spot.
Match Facts & Stats
We haven`t got a particularly good record against Sunderland home and away. The last time we met Sunderland at Dean Court was last season in September 2015, AFCB won by 2-0, our only win against them. In the away fixture in January 2016, it ended in a 1-1 draw. Games against Sunderland at home, W 1, D 0, L2. In all games against Sunderland AFCB W 1, D 3, L 4.