AFC Bournemouth will host Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams have a lot to fight for in their encounter. The Cherries haven’t won any league match since 1st of February. Their form and performances since the league restated have continued to be disappointingly shambolic, as Eddie Howe looks to be leading the Cherries into Championship.
With players like David Brooks, Nathan Ake, Joshua King, Callum Wilson et al, no one would have thought the Cherries would be battling to survive relegation this season.
The Cherries are currently in 18th position on the league table and are just one point above Aston Villa who sits carelessly in 19th position. With four games remaining for the Cherries to redeem their chance to survive relegation, Bournemouth will need to start putting in their energy and determination from the game against Leicester, and subsequent matches against Manchester City, Southampton and Everton.
Meanwhile Leicester City were lucky to earn a point against Arsenal, after the Gunners took the lead in the first half, with a well combined attacking move from Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang. But thanks to VAR reveal in Nketiah’s tackle on James Justin which led to the Arsenal forward being given a straight red card.
Leicester started dominating and attacking from all angles until they got an equalising goal, with their talisman Jamie Vardy, tapping in a delightful low cross.
With the draw against Arsenal, Leicester surrendered their 3rd position and dropped a step down to 4th position, giving Chelsea the opportunity to leapfrog them on the league table.
Leicester’s hope of qualifying for Champions league might be in danger if their inconsistent form still continues unless they start to fight for maximum three points, starting from their match against the Cherries.
With Manchester United, Wolves and Arsenal closing the gap against the Foxes, the game against Bournemouth has to be won convincingly.
PREMIER LEAGUE FORM
Bournemouth’s last five matches: (L-L-L-L-D)
Leicester’s last five matches: (D-D-L-W-D).
Bournemouth have lost Adam Smith who was carried off with a head injury in the match against Tottenham on Thursday and Jack Stacey is now in line to deputise for the injured Smith at right-back.
While Steve Cook might be named in the match day squad, though he has recovered from the hamstring injury but not fully fit.
David Brooks suffered a cramp against Tottenham but should be available on Sunday.
James Maddison and Ben Chilwell will continue to be ruled out of action for now following their respective hip and foot issues. Brendan Rodgers has affirmed their continued absence.
Bournemouth: A. Ramsdale; J. Stacey, N. Ake, L. Kelly, D. Rico; D. Brooks, D. Goslings, J. Lerma, J. Stanislas; J. King, C. Wilson.
Leicester City: K. Schmeichel; Bennett, J. Evans, C. Soyuncu; J. Justin, H. Barnes, Y. Tielemans, W. Ndidi, M. Albrighton; K. Iheanacho, J. Vardy.
Bournemouth 1 – 2 Leicester City