After two consecutive home victories, it will be good if the Cherries can make it a treble, be a nice early Christmas present for all at AFCB if we can take all three points and keep us riding high in the table. This will be another Sky televised Sunday lunchtime game for us with the kick-off at 1.30 pm.
The distance by road between Dean Court and St Marys Stadium in Southampton is around 33 miles, making them the closest team to us in all four divisions and is being labelled by some as a local derby. The real local derby history is between the two Hampshire clubs Saints (Scummers) and Pompey (Skates), the two grounds are around 20 miles apart, but these days at the moment they are divisions apart and can only meet in cup games.
Southampton started the season with another new manager after Ronald Koeman departed St Marys to take up the job at Goodison Park as Everton manager. Frenchman Claude Puel joined the Saints from French club Nice in June, he had been there for four years.
Amongst Saints signings during the Summer are Sofiane Boufal from Lille, the winger costing around £16 million. Another winger signed is Nathan Redmond from Norwich City for £11 million. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg came in from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee. But they lost the services of key players in Sadio Mane to Liverpool for £36 million, Victor Wanyama for £11 million to Spurs. Graziano Pelle was another to leave and join Shandon Luneng in China for a fee of around £12 million.
Southampton on their travels in the Premier League have picked up one win at West Ham, otherwise they have drawn 3 and lost 4. At home they have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 1. They have been finding it hard to find the back of the net recently, but they have a very resolute defence. Against Stoke City they were playing against 10 men from the 23rd minute, but couldn`t find the goal to win the game and it ended 0-0.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Callum Wilson should be available after going off with a head injury on Tuesday night, still no date given for the return of Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman. Ryan Fraser will have a late fitness test on his ankle injury picked up against Burnley. Otherwise Eddie has a strong squad to pick from.
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
For me Jack Wilshere has been shining in midfield with every game he is playing and must score his first goal for the Cherries soon. In defence and when he goes forward Steve Cook has been MOM or very close with other outstanding performances from other members of the team.
Southampton Team News:
Big loss for them is losing Charlie Austin their leading goalscorer with a shoulder injury which could keep him out until April. Another player to miss the game and an important loss, will be Oriol Romeu who will be suspended. Cedric Soares should be back after illness.
Player to watch: Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond on the wing and a player we know from his Norwich days. Showing form recently for Saints is Sofiane Boufal and has been the MOM in their last two matches.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time we met at Dean Court was in March where the Cherries reversed the away result with a 2-0 home win, with goals from Steve Cook and Benik Afobe.
In our league games against Saints at Dean Court, the Cherries have won 5, drawn 1 and lost 3. In all competitions against Saints, the Cherries have Won 7, Drawn 5 and Lost 11.