Bournemouth v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 16, 2018
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Bournemouth host Southampton this weekend in a South Coast derby, with Eddie Howe's side flying high in the Premier League this season.
This fixture ended in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth last season, with The Saints winning the return fixture at the St.Mary's Stadium, 2-1. The Cherries have not beaten their local rivals since 2016, in their debut Premier League season.
Bournemouth will wait until the last minute to make a decision on the fitness of Scottish international Ryan Fraser, who is struggling with a hamstring and was sent home from international duty.
Southampton boss Mark Hughes should have a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of this clash,with a clean bill of health for his squad following the international break.
Bournemouth v Southampton Preview Predictions
Howe has steered his side to sixth in the table, with just two league defeats all season, including impressive recent wins over Crystal Palace and Watford.
Southampton on the other hand have had a mixed start to the season, with just one league win, and no win in their last five games in league and cup action.
Hughes will try to motivate his players into a derby mentality for this clash, but the superior form, and home advantage should be enough to secure all three points for Bournemouth - priced at evens to win.
Southampton are also struggling for goals of late, not scoring in their last three Premier League games, and conceding eight goals along the way.
Bournemouth have been right amongst the goals, scoring ten goals in their last four matches in the Premier League, ahead of this weekend.
Howe will want his players to keep pushing forward, and a Bournemouth win an over 1.5 total goals scored in this match is available at 6/4.
Bournemouth to win 2-0 at 10/1
The Cherries have established themselves in the Premier League, and they have made a strong start to their fourth season in the top flight. The challenge now is for Howe to manage expectations, and keep his side improving this season.
Josh King to score first at 11/2
King is Bournemouth's top scorer in the Premier League so far this season, with four goals, and some impressive performances in recent games. He will start this game, and if Fraser is ruled out through injury, there will been even more focus on him to get the key goals.