Bournemouth – Leicester City preview: Bournemouth’s desperate to keep its Premier League safety hopes alive with a visit from third-chasing Leicester City on Sunday at the Vitality Stadium (Watch live at 2 pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)
The visitors will be dreaming of the top four again after Chelsea was battered by Sheffield United to open up the door to third again.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, saw relegation rivals West Ham and Watford both win Saturday to pull six points clear of the 18th-place Cherries. They need a win and nothing less versus the Foxes.
Leicester will again likely be without James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, with manager Brendan Rodgers saying the duo could also miss a Thursday tilt with Sheffield United.
David Brooks and Steve Cook could miss out for Bournemouth, who is set to give Jack Stacey a start at full back.
What they’re saying
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on Stacey: “I have been very impressed with his ability to step into the Premier League and perform at a very high level. He’s been very creative for us, very good in the final third. He’s the modern-day full-back, very aggressive with his attacking. I was very pleased with him on Thursday because it’s not easy to come on in a game like that – adapt to the pace of the game but I thought he did it really well.”
Rodgers on Leicester City (and everyone else’s) fixture congestion: “The games are so close and obviously you don’t have a long time to prepare for the games. The players’ professionalism has been first class, and the recovery strategies we’ve had here with the sports science and medical team have been brilliant. We’ve been able to get players recovered, and then physically and tactically ready for the games.”
Odds and ends (Full matchweek odds)
The host Cherries are a significant underdog at +410, according to DraftKings, with visiting Leicester a -148 favorite.
Leicester beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the King Power Stadium in late August, getting two goals and an assist from Jamie Vardy.
Depends how you feel about Leicester’s performance without Maddison and Chilwell against Arsenal, which finished 1-1 but required a Gunners red card to acquire the equalizer. We think both teams will leave soured by a 1-1 draw.
How to watch Bournemouth – Leicester City stream, start time
Kickoff: 2 pm ET Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com