Dark clouds over Advocaat’s head

Last updated: September 16, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDWWL
Away form: LDWDL
Last season:
Referee: Unknown
Competition: Premier League

The defeat against Tottenham leaves Sunderland at 19th place in the standings of The Premier League winning only two points from the first five rounds of the season. Advocaat faces real problems in the team’s defensive play; The Black cats have conceded at least one goal in every game this season.

Bournemouth are also finding it hard to keep a clean sheet, conceding three goals in their last match against Norwich at Carrow Road. The Cherries are playing well in going forward, organizing their attacks principally down the right flank.

The match forecast shows it’s very likely Bournemouth will score from their players individual skills. Sunderland are good at taking advantage of the opposition’s errors, so if they score it will likely be due to mistakes by Bournemouth’s defensive line up. Another strength of The Black Cats’ playing style is stealing the ball from their opponents and keeping possession.

It will be interesting to see whether Sunderland can earn their first victory of the season. Now is the time for Dick Advocaat’s team to do it when their adversary has serious injury problems.

Team News

Steven Fletcher will be out of the Sunderland squad. He has recently received an injury and won’t be available for the visit to The Vitality Stadium.

Another two players set to miss the match for Sunderland are Adam Johnson and Matthews, both have long-term injurers.

Eddie Howe, Bournemouth’s manager, is feeling the effects of the lack of key players, as Daniels, Arter, Gradel and Mings are sidelined.

Jordi Gomez is match fit and will be included in the Sunderland’s starting eleven by Dick Advocaat.

Quotes of the week

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “They’ve got a good squad of players and they’re very well managed.”

dick advocaat's stern look Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) : “Players lack match-fitness.”

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Distin, Cook, Elphick, Francis, O’Kane, Pugh, Surman, Ritchie, Tomlin, Wilson.
Subs Federici, Smith, MacDonald, Kermorgant, Bennett, Murray, Gosling.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Daniels, Arter
Not available:
Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon, Kaboul, O’Shea, Jones, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Rodwell, M’Vila, Defoe, Toivonen.
Subs Mannone, Watmore, Gooch, Larsson, Bridcutt, Graham, Coates
Injured: Matthews, Johnson, Fletcher
Not available:

Key Battle

gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
1 (3) 110 0 0,5 0 0 1 0
defoe Defoe this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
5 446 2 2 0 0 0 0

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Sunderland this season
16 League Position 19
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (0)
4-3 vs West Ham Biggest win
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
1-3 to Norwich Biggest Defeat 2-4 to Leicester
Wilson (4) Top scorer Defoe (2)
Francis (2) Assist Leader Lens (2)
Y13, R0 Discipline Y12, R0
2 Failures to score 1
0 Clean Sheets 0
3 Both Teams to Score Games 4
2 Over 2.5 Games 3
3 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • These two teams have never met before, because it’s The Cherries’ first participation in The Premiership, so this will be a match for the history books.
  • Sunderland haven’t recorded a victory yet this season (2 draws and 3 defeats). The Black cats have conceded 11 goals in their net so far.
  • The Cherries are looking for their first home win. Bournemouth lost to Aston Villa (0-1) and then drew with Leicester (1-1).
  • Both teams will have to fight for their place in next seasons Premier League. That’s why this match is very important for both sides.