Both teams need 3 points – who will take them?

Last updated: January 14, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Vitality Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDLDW
Away form: LWWLW
Last season: 1-2
Competition: The Premier League

Bournemouth made their first major transfer this winter, signing Benik Afobe and breaking their transfer record for the second time within several months. The Cherries paid £12 m. for the English forward. Afobe scored 9 goals for Wolverhampton in The Championship this campaign and will surely be very helpful to his new team.

Moreover, Bournemouth are in very good form. After the draw against Leicester in The Premier League, The Cherries managed to turn things around against Birmingham in The FA Cup and won 2-1 against The Blues at the St. Andrew’s Stadium. Murray scored in the 85th minute to secure the victory for The Cherries. Bournemouth were incredibly lucky, because Birmingham missed a penalty and hit the post twice, but eventually The Cherries were through.

On the other hand, Norwich’s players are also in good shape. The Canaries lost their match against Manchester City in The FA Cup last weekend, but the team’s priority is to avoid relegation. Norwich have a great chance to do just that. They are lying in 15th place, two points in front of Bournemouth and 6 above the danger zone.

Team News

Alex Neil can field his best, because there are no injured, or banned, players in Norwich’s squad. Their new signing Ivo Pinto is expected to start the match.

Benik Afobe, who was bought by Bournemouth for £12 m. will surely start the match. The 22-year-old striker has scored 9 goals for The Wolves this season.

Gradel, Wilson and Mings are still injured for The Cherries. They will be missing until the end of the season, so Eddie Howe can’t use them.

Bournemouth have on loan Roma’s striker Juan Iturbe. The Argentinian has scored 1 goal in 12 matches for The Wolves this season.

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-1-4-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Smith, Arter, Stanislas, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, Afobe.
Subs Federici, King, Iturbe, Pugh, O’Kane, Murray, Elphick.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson.
Not available: Francis
Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy, Pinto, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Tettey, Redmond, Jerome, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Dorrans, Jarvis, Rudd, Wisdom, Whittaker, Grabban, Mulumbu.
Not available:

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Norwich this season
16 League Position 15
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
2-0 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland
4 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
3 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (6)
1-5 to Tottenham and Man City Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Newcastle
Wilson (5) Top scorer Redmond (4)
Ritchie (3) Assist Leader Hoolahan (6)
Y31, R1 Discipline Y32, R2
7 Failures to score 5
4 Clean Sheets 3
11 Both Teams to Score Games 12
9 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Norwich won 3-1 in the only Premier League match between these two teams. Jerome, Hoolahan and Jarvis scored the goals for The Canaries.
  • Bournemouth have never won a game against Norwich. The Cherries have drawn once and they have lost twice to The Canaries.
  • The Cherries aren’t among the best hosts in The Premier League. They have won on only two occasions at The Vitality Stadium this season.
  • Norwich have recorded 6 defeats in 10 matches away from Carrow Road this season. The Canaries have won only 2 away games in The Premier League.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/09/15 The Premier League Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth C. Jerome 35′
10/01/15 The Championship Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich M. Ritchie 18′
30/08/14 The Championship Norwich 1-1 Bournemouth L. Grabban 15′