After our demolition of what we thought would be a stubborn Middlesbrough defence, our next game is against another relegation threatened North East team with our visit to the Stadium of Light to play Sunderland. They are one place below Middlesbrough and occupy last place in the Premier League table.
In the January transfer window David Moyes brought in both Costa Rica left back Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson a midfield player, both from Everton on a combined fee of £7.5 million which could rise to £9 million. They also signed on a contract until the end of the season defender Joleon Lescott who was a free agent. Amongst those to leave was defender Patrick van Aanholt to Crystal Palace for £14 million.
After looming near the relegation spots for the previous two seasons, Sunderland look like they will end their ten year association with the Premier League at the end of this season. They have sat in a relegation spot at the end of nearly every month of this season, the exception was the end of August. Their fate could be decided on Saturday if we beat them and Hull City get something out of their visit to Southampton.
This year at home they have won 0, drawn 4 and lost 4. Away from home they have won 1, drawn 0 and lost 5. This season at the Stadium of light Sunderland have won 3, drawn 5 and lost 9. Away they have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 13. In their last home game they drew 2-2 with West Ham. On Wednesday night the two bottom placed North East clubs met at Middlesbrough and Boro came out winners by the only goal of the game, this result leaves Sunderland after 33 games on 21 points, this is 6 points behind Boro.
Sunderland Team News:
Bryan Oviedo is out with a hamstring injury. Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair are both out with ACL knee injuries.
Player to watch: Jermain Defoe
A reported target for next season for Eddie Howe is our the player we had on loan from West Ham for one season Jermain Defoe, he has scored 14 of Sunderlands 26 goals this season and will be a player for our defenders to contain. Jordan Pickford their goalkeeper has got their top rating over the season so far.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Dan Gosling is a doubt with a calf injury after going off against Middlesbrough last Saturday. Otherwise we seem to have a strong squad to pick from for Saturday.
(Long term absentees Callum Wilson, Jack Wilshere, Andrew Surman, Adam Federici).
Player to watch: Joshua King
Josh King is in good form at the moment and he could add to his goals tally on Saturday. Marc Pugh is in good form as well down our left wing.
Match Facts & Stats
In our game against Sunderland at Dean Court earlier this season they won by 2-1 and played with 10 men from the 59th minute, but managed to score the winning goal when Jermain Defoe put a penalty away in the 74th minute. Last season in the Premier League we drew at their place 1-1 and beat them at Dean Court 2-0. In our league visits to Sunderland, the Cherries have drawn 2 and lost 1. In all competitions home and away we have won 1, drawn 3 and lost 5.