A pair of teams in the bottom half are desperately looking for points to keep themselves out of a potential relegation battle as Southampton travels to Turf Moor to take on Bournemouth at 8:30 a.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.
Junior Stanislas is recalled for Bournemouth for his first action in over two months after recovering from a groin injury, replacing Jordon Ibe. Meanwhile, for Southampton, Nathan Redmond is dropped to the bench just days after his postmatch run-in with Pep Guardiola, with Jeremy Pied making his Premier League debut at right-back over a year and a half after joining Southampton from French side Nice.
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Bournemouth especially will look to get points from this home game, as they are just four off the relegation zone and have a grueling schedule on the horizon with games against Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City all coming up before Christmas. Southampton put up a valiant effort against City last time out, losing on Raheem Sterling‘s last-gasp effort, but that performance will still give them confidence moving forward as they can potentially jump into the top half of the table with a win.
The Cherries will not have history on their side when this game kicks off, as they’ve won just once in their last eight matches against Southampton. They also have not performed well in front of the home fans this season, with the second-worst Premier League home record to Swansea with four losses in seven matches.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, L. Cook, Surman, Stanislas, Fraser, King, Defoe.
Subs: Boruc, Cook, Gosling, Pugh, Ibe, Wilson, Afobe.
Southampton: Forster, Pied, Hoedt, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Austin.
Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Targett, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Gabbiadini.