Bournemouth’s fight for Premier League survival continues when they take on Leicester at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries are three points away from safety and, with only four games of the season left, need to pick up points quickly if they’re to stand any chance of remaining a Premier League team heading into next season.
Leicester are right up at the other end of the table, fighting for a Champions League spot with Manchester United hovering just over their shoulder. Brendan Rodgers’ men can’t afford to drop any more points between now and the end of the season, especially with the Red Devils just blowing through all of their opposition.
When is Kick Off? Sunday 11 July
What Time is Kick Off? 19:00 (BST)
Where is it Played? Vitality Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports (UK) fuboTV (US)
Referee? Stuart Atwell
Bournemouth will be missing Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis once again while right-back Adam Smith and winger David Brooks are doubtful, both picking up injuries against Tottenham on Thursday.
Leicester will be without Ricardo Pereira, who’s out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Foxes are also assessing Ben Chilwell and James Maddison, with both men likely to miss the game after picking up injuries earlier this week.
Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Stacey, Ake, Kelly, Rico; Wilson, Gosling, Lerma, Stanislas; Wilson, King.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Bennett, Evans, Soyuncu; Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Perez; Vardy.
Bournemouth have been in disastrous form following the Premier League’s return. Eddie Howe’s men have picked up one point out of a possible 15, losing four straight games before a 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Thursday.
Leicester haven’t been in great form themselves, only winning one of their first six games back after football’s return. The Foxes have also only lost one of their five league games, but with Manchester United in hot pursuit of their Champions League place, they need to start turning their draws into wins.
Here’s how both sides have looked over their last five games.
Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham (9/7)
Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth (4/7)
Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle (1/7)
Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth (24/6)
Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace (20/6)
Arsenal 1-1 Leicester (7/7)
Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace (4/7)
Everton 2-1 Leicester (1/7)
Leicester 0-1 Chelsea (28/6)
Leicester 0-0 Brighton (23/6)
Although Bournemouth showed signs of life against Tottenham, it’s going to be business as usual for the Cherries on Sunday. Leicester are all too aware of Manchester United slowly creeping up behind them, and the Foxes will be at their best against Eddie Howe’s men.
One win in ten for Bournemouth doesn’t instil any sort of confidence that they’ll be able to get the job done on Sunday, and the recent hammerings the Cherries have taken at the hands of Manchester United and Newcastle hint at a similar result against Leicester.
Prediction: Bournemouth 1-4 Leicester