Southampton v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 24, 2018
St Mary’s - Premier League
South coast derbies don’t get any bigger than this - a Bournemouth win would seal their own safety and deepen Southampton's relegation nightmare. This is surely a must-win game for Mark Hughes' side, and the Saints must approach it like the cup final they missed out on at the weekend.
The last two games between the sides have ended with honours even. The teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Vitality in December, while last season’s fixture at St Mary’s finished goalless. Southampton won five of six before that, although that run stretches back to when the teams were both in League One at the start of the decade.
Jack Stephens is available for the home side after serving a three-match suspension. His return means that manager Hughes has a full squad to choose from, although not even a lack of injuries seems set to save the imperilled Saints.
Visiting boss Eddie Howe will be without three players for the short trip east. Junior Stanislas is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, although Adam Smith and Tyrone Mings could return before the end of the campaign.
Southampton v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
It’s fair to say that Mark Hughes has a monumental task on his hands if he wants to avoid becoming the first manager to take two clubs down in one season. Bournemouth meanwhile are set to enjoy Premier League football for the fourth consecutive campaign.
Hughes’ current side are locked on 29 points with his former club Stoke, having played a game fewer than the Potters. Next weekend the Saints are away at Everton, before they face a midweek trip to relegation rivals Swansea, who currently lead Southampton by four points.
All of those games are huge for the St Mary’s outfit, who entertain champions Manchester City on the final day of the season. If you think they can breathe some life into their bid for survival on Saturday, you can back the Saints at 8/11, as they put the disappointment of missing out on the FA Cup final behind them.
Bournemouth’s continued top flight status is some achievement considering they were plying their trade in League Two as recently as 2010. They’re without a win in four, and will have a big say in who’s relegated this season as they host Swansea at the Vitality next weekend. The away win’s priced at 22/5 in the betting, with the draw at 31/10.
Southampton to win to nil at 28/13
Bournemouth haven’t scored an away goal against their south coast rivals in over 30 years, while you have to go back to 1960 for the last time they did so in the league.
Charlie Austin to score first at 16/5
The striker’s return from injury is better late than never, and Southampton need him to fire if they’re to have any chance of staying up this season.