After a much needed victory at home to Brighton, coupled with a midweek victory in the League Cup against the same victims, AFCB travelled to Everton last weekend as the Cherries of yesteryear emerged, managing to dominate for 70 minutes before going on to lose, 2-1. A frustrating trip for those who went, as they saw some brilliant counter attacking football which saw us deservedly leading going into the final 15 minutes before Everton pounced and as many teams will know, this league is unforgiving. Eddie Howe remarked that it was the best football we’ve played all season, and although I agree, it was no less painful. Our visitors to Dean Court this Saturday are Leicester City, who went down 2-3 at home to Liverpool in last Saturday’s evening game, with top goalscorer Jamie Vardy missing a penalty. The Foxes have started in an almost identical fashion to Bournemouth, in that they have won only once, at home to Brighton, and currently sit in 16th place, a mere point separating the sides. Leicester may take solace from the fact that they have already scored nine goals this campaign, and they have already come up against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Leicester spent heavily in the Summer, subsidised by the sale of Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea (£35m), with over £57 million being spent by under pressure manager Craig Shakespeare, including the capture of highly rated Manchester City youngester Kelechi Iheanacho (£25m). Harry Maguire (£17m) from relegated Hull City, and Vicente Iborra (£15m) arrived from Seville. So far though, they haven’t managed to get any form of momentum going, and will be looking to this as a ‘must win’ fixture.
Bournemouth will also be looking for three points here, as two promising league performances should certainly have raised the confidence levels, even if they took a bit of a kicking in the last ten minutes on Merseyside. Eddie will have been working on them all week, and a strong start similarly to the one we saw against Manchester City will have the crowd in good voice.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Steve Cook missed the majority of the game at Everton, and unfortunately for him he came on just in time to see us concede almost immediately. Harry Arter was left out of the squad entirely, and it will be interesting to see whether he regains his place in the centre of midfield. Apart from the long term injuries of Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings, there are no fresh injury worries.
Player to watch: Junior Stanislas
After seemingly coming out of nowhere to return from injury, he managed over an hour against Brighton, before playing the full game at Everton. His creativity in midfield has been sorely missed, and AFCB will be looking to utilise his threat from set pieces and through balls as they look to unlock a stuttering Leicester defence.
Leicester City Team News:
No issues of note, and a full strength squad for Mr Shakespeare to choose from.
Player to watch: Demarai Gray
It would be very easy for me to pick the likes of Jamie Vardy, or Riyad Mahrez, but I’ve plumped for the man with the longest thread in Vitals history. A household name for all Bournemouth fans, which is odd for a man who’s never actually played for them. Lightning fast, who is not afraid of shooting on sight, he is certainly someone who is highly regarded as a massive prospect for both Leicester and England. Whether he starts the game is yet to be seen, as Mahrez and Albrighton have been preferred recently, but he will be the danger should he come on.
Match Facts & Stats
AFCB have never lost in the Premier League against Leicester, winning once and drawing three times. Leicester last won at Dean Court on their way to Premier League promotion in 2014, Kevin Phillips beating Lee Camp in a 1-0 Foxes win.
Bournemouth have lost 28 points from winning positions since August 2016, more than any other Premier League side in the same period.
In all competitions the Cherries have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 6, but since 1970 there has not been more than a single goal between the teams.
Written by HamworthyCherries