Bournemouth v Swansea City

11 Mar

Bournemouth's Harry Arter fights off Swansea's Leon Britton in November's 2-2 draw.


Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is a doubt to face Swansea after suffering an Achilles injury.

Winger Junior Stanislas will miss his third successive game because of a hamstring problem.

Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin is still recovering from a chest infection so Alan Curtis will again take charge.

Leroy Fer could be recalled, having impressed as a substitute last week, and Jefferson Montero might return.


Martin Fisher: “The champagne remains on ice but it shouldn’t be long before the bottles are being uncorked at Bournemouth and Swansea.

“Thirty-seven points has been enough to secure Premier League safety in each of the last four seasons and both of these clubs are within touching distance of that tally with nine games left.

“Survival was always Bournemouth’s primary goal; achieving it without having to compromise his footballing philosophies is a real triumph for Eddie Howe.

“Eyebrows were raised when Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins sacked Garry Monk in December but he recognised that the Swans were sinking. Between them, Francesco Guidolin and Alan Curtis have guided the club through choppy waters and the future looks bright again.”

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Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin on his health: “I need some more days of rest. I’ve finished with antibiotics, but it’s better for me to relax a bit more.

“For the match against Aston Villa, I hope to be back.

“The two victories against Arsenal and Norwich were very important.”


Bournemouth always create a lot of chances and play with great energy at home, so I am backing them to win again this weekend.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Bournemouth have won only one of their last seven games against Swansea (D2, L4).
  • This match will be the 50th league encounter between the clubs.
  • The last five matches have produced 22 goals.


  • Bournemouth have won four of their last eight league matches (D2, L2).
  • Eddie Howe’s side are looking to secure back-to-back home wins for the first time in the top flight.
  • The Cherries have conceded only one goal in their last three league games.
  • They have won home games this season; only Aston Villa, with two, have fewer victories.
  • Bournemouth have run a league-high 117.2km per game on average.


  • Swansea could win a third successive league game for the first time since April.
  • The Swans have accrued 14 points from eight games since Francesco Guidolin was appointed head coach. They had just 19 points from the previous 21 matches.
  • All but one of Swansea’s eight league wins have been by a single-goal margin.
  • The Swans have kept just one clean sheet on the road in 14 matches.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored in six of his last 10 Premier League appearances.


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