Is Bournemouth’s fate to be relegated?

Last updated: November 18, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWLD
Away form: LLLLL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

After 4 consecutive defeats in The Premier League and 13 goals conceded, the newly promoted Bournemouth is now in the relegation zone for the first time. In fact, The Cherries have lost 8 of their 12 games so far. There is another tough challenge in front of them – the visit to Swansea at The Liberty Stadium. This is the chance for Bournemouth to take the points, because later the team will have to face Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Swansea are in poor form too. The Swans have won only one match in their last 8 Premiership matches and they did it against the bottom club of the standings – Aston Villa. However, this game is the best chance for them to take a fresh 3 points and get out of the relegation zone.

The Swans played really awful against Norwich in the last round when they lost 1-0 at Carrow Road. The only interesting situation in front of The Canaries’ goal was Sigurdsson’s shot that hit the bar and this is not enough to take the points in a Premiership game.

Team News

Garry Monk can be happy that there are no injured players in the Swansea squad. The manager can use the best he has.

Bournemouth are finding life difficult without their clinical striker Wilson, who will miss the rest of the season. The forward is still the Cherries’ top goal-scorer with 5 goals.

Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth, has found the net twice from the beginning of the season, and has been observed by Manchester United’s scouts and it is very likely he will join The Red Devils in January.

Ghanaian forward Atsu has also received an injury and is surely missing the match against Swansea. The attacker is suffering from a calf muscle strain.

Quotes of the week

garry monk Garry Monk (Swansea) : “We have to continue to work hard and we’ve got to stick together as a group. Hopefully we will be able to bounce back quickly.”

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “I have made it very clear from day one of pre-season that we are not going to change for anybody. Our style of football can, and I think will, be effective at this level. We just have to keep going.”

Expected line-ups:

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Shelvey, Montero, Sung-Yong, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Cork, Eder, Bartley, Dyer, Routledge, Tabanau, Angel Rangel.
Not available:
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Federici, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis, Arter, Pugh, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, Murray.
Subs Boruc, Tomlin, MacDonald, Kermorgant, Bennett, King, Stanislas.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Elphick, Atsu
Not available:

So far this season

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Swansea this season Bournemouth this season
14 League Position 18
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 2-0 vs. Sunderland
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (0)
2 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (5)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 1-5 to Manchester City and Tottenham
Ayew (5) Top scorer Wilson (5)
Montero, Naughton (2) Assist Leader Francis (2)
Y21, R0 Discipline Y21, R0
5 Failures to score 4
2 Clean Sheets 1
6 Both Teams to Score Games 7
6 Over 2.5 Games 5
7 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • The stats between these two teams are very equal. Swansea have won 7 games, and so have Bournemouth. There’s been 3 draws.
  • Both teams participated in a friendly game a year ago at The Vitality Stadium and The Cherries eventually won 3-1.
  • Bournemouth have lost 5 of their 6 away games this season. Their only victory was against West Ham in the third round of The Premiership.
  • Swansea have won only two home matches from the beginning of the campaign. They did it against Newcastle and Manchester United.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/08/14 Friendly Bournemouth 3-1 Swansea
05/04/08 The League One Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth
14/10/07 The League One Bournemouth 1-4 Swansea
14/04/07 The League One Bournemouth 2-2 Swansea
03/11/06 The League One Swansea 4-2 Bournemouth