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Bournemouth – Southampton preview: How to watch, stream, start time

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Bournemouth – Southampton preview: The “most complex derby in the Premier League” has high stakes for the hosts when Bournemouth entertains New Forest Derby rivals Southampton at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 9 am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The Cherries need to stack wins in their final two matches of the season in a bid to outlast Watford, West Ham, or Aston Villa to stay in the Premier League.

Southampton’s 46 points are 12th. Saints are unbeaten in five outings but have drawn three-straight.

BOURNEMOUTH – SOUTHAMPTON STREAM

Bournemouth deserved better than a 2-1 loss to Man City in its last run out while Saints probably deserved better than the point they drew Brighton one day later.

Here’s everything you need for Bournemouth – Southampton.


Team news

Five defenders miss out for the Cherries. Adam Smith, Nathan Ake, Chris Mepham, Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis are all out while Callum Wilson and Josh King start up too with Lerma and Billing in midfield.

Moussa Djenepo, Sofiane Boufal, and Yan Valery remain out for Saints, as Saints bring Shane Long into their attack.


What they’re saying

Eddie Howe on playing after West Ham-Watford: “I don’t know whether I will watch the game or not, but we can only focus on ourselves and trying to get maximum points from our next two games. That takes importance over any other result or games that are going on and I would encourage the players not to watch it either. They just need to concentrate on themselves and getting in the best physical and mental condition possible to play our game. For various reasons we are where we are and I’ve got no idea what it will take to stay up. All we can do is try and hope it is good enough.”

Ralph Hasenhuttl on young and old difference makers, Danny Ings and Jake Vokins: “Danny Ings deserves to have this many goals because he works unbelievably hard. He’s fit, he can run for 90 minutes. He shows that he’s on fire. Jake showed that he’s an alternative in that position, sure he’s got to learn. But I think he did a good job today. With the ball, had good solutions in the final third. He’s getting better and better.”


Odds and ends

DraftKings can barely make heads and tails of this one, with Bournemouth’s +135 barely different from Southampton’s +185 to win. A draw would come in at +270.

Bournemouth beat Saints 3-1 earlier this season at St. Mary’s and maybe that mixed with the hosts’ desperation is what’s keeping the odds so tight. Bournemouth also has one more day’s rest.


Prediction

Southampton has been very good lately but Bournemouth will have the aforementioned day’s rest and just outplayed Man City. Saints, of course, beat Man City but with a more resolute defensive performance as opposed to the Cherries’ attack-first show. Anything could happen here but Bournemouth’s defensive questions have us thinking 2-0 for Southampton.


How to watch Bournemouth – Southampton stream, start time

Kickoff: 9 am ET Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Ings scores 20th as Saints come back to draw Brighton

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Danny Ings became the Premier League season’s third 20-goal scorer when he rolled in a late equalizer for Southampton in a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at St. Mary’s on Thursday.

Neal Maupay had scored his 10th for Brighton to give the Seagulls a lead but Graham Potter’s men failed to clinch PL safety but are six points clear of the drop zone with two matches left.

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Southampton’s point is its 46th and puts it 12th, unlikely to climb into a top half position. Brighton’s on 37 points.

SOUTHAMPTON – BRIGHTON FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Ings and things: It’s been six years since Danny Ings scored 21 goals for Burnley in the Championship, quite a long and rough road between 20-goal campaigns, so it’s nearly impossible not to feel good for the injury-hit striker on scoring 20 times for his hometown club and helping them drive way out of view of relegation. When the 27-year-old — yes he’s only 27 — is on the ball within sight of goal you’re pretty much counting it these days. That’s good to see.

2. Seagulls safe:Β Three points would’ve pushed Graham Potter’s men to surefire safety, but the point will likely be enough. Six clear with two matches remaining, Brighton’s style has been much better than a relegation candidate but it’s luck has been as bad as most. It’ll be fun to see what Potter can do with a fresh slate and some reinforcements.

3. Brighton goes as Maupay goes: The 23-year-old Frenchman didn’t score 25 league goals like he did for Brentford in the Championship, but it’s hard not to connect his success with his side’s good form. Brighton has 37 points this season, and 20 of them have come when he’s scored. The Seagulls are unbeaten when he finds the back of the net.

Man of the Match

Lewis Dunk was needed in a big way as Southampton dominated the second half. The big center back won nine of 12 duels with three clearances, three blocks, and four interceptions.


Southampton – Brighton recap

Mat Ryan needed to make an early save for the Seagulls, who had two chances through Neal Maupay in the eighth minute. One was blocked and the second went over the bar.

Maupay got his goal in the 17th minute, blasting his 10th goal of the season past Alex McCarthy after Glenn Murray flicked Tariq Lamptey’s throw into the 18.

Danny Ings had the ball off the bottom of the bar and over the line only to be denied by the assistant referee’s flag.

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Ings picked up where he left off in the second half and slung a pass through the six that just missed a sliding Che Adams in the 57th.

Ings would do the job himself in the 66th, running onto a Nathan Redmond pass behind Lamptey to side foot home.

Ings powers Southampton past worried Watford

Watford - Southampton recap
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Danny Ings pulled to within one goal of the Premier League lead after scoring a brace in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat of Watford on Sunday.

Ings’ 18 goals are one back of Jamie Vardy and one more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah.

A Jan Bednarek own goal gave Watford 10 minutes to tie the match, but James Ward-Prowse’s pristine free kick restored the 2-goal lead within minutes.

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The match started with inauspicious news, Watford omitted three players for “health reasons” after reports of a 20-person party at Andre Gray’s house attended by Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah.

Southampton moves 13th with 40 points, while Watford’s 28 remain just one point above the drop zone.


Three things we learned

1. Gold-Ings boot (TM): Ings’ first goal was wonderful and his second aided by Watford, but there’s no denying that he’s firmly in the Golden Boot race with six matches to play. None of his 18 league goals this season have come from the spot and it would be a wonderful story if his injury-riddled years at Liverpool give way to etching his name in PL lore in the same season the Reds finally lift the Premier League trophy.

2. Ward-Prowse delivers the goods: There are few players in England more deadly standing over a free kick, and even fewer as overlooked or unknown as Ward-Prowse. The Southampton captain’s late goal was a marvelous, powerful, dipping bit of goodness.

3. Watford’s path very clear: The Hornets will have wanted all the points here, but it’s clear that a 9-day span will define their season. After meeting Chelsea next, Watford meets Norwich City, Newcastle, and West Ham between July 7-15. When you consider the season concludes with Man City and Arsenal, the Hornets need to get their act together now. No more parties, gents.

Man of the Match

It’s gotta be Ings, doesn’t it?


Watford – Southampton recap

Danny Ings set up Shane Long for a 15th-minute shot that was driven well but right at Ben Foster.

Ings’ first goal was a beauty, the Golden Boot-chaser dribbling to the center of the box and stroking a sweet strike inside the post.

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His second was most certainly the product of a decent effort from him and a poor one from Ben Foster.

Bednarek was under pressure from Danny Welbeck when he redirected a cross into his own goal, but Ward-Prowse answered with vigor.

Che Adams nearly made it 4-1 late but Ben Foster was on the case.

Ings scores classy goal in hunt for Golden Boot (video)

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Don’t sleep on Danny Ings in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

We’d all have to call it the Gold-Ings boot, though, wouldn’t we?

WATFORD – SOUTHAMPTON STREAM LIVE

Saints young phenom Will Smallbone spotted Ings’ run inside the heart of Watford’s defense, cutting past a defender before drilling a low bounding shot on goal.

The shot was so well-placed, leaving Watford keeper Ben Foster at a loss, and moves Ings to 17 league goals. He’s scored 24 of his 38 Premier League goals in a Southampton shirt.

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The total is level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, two behind current leader Jamie Vardy of Leicester City.

Saints still have Man City, Everton, Manchester United, Brighton, Bournemouth, and Sheffield United on the docket as Ings chases goal-scoring immortality.

FA Cup: Spurs blow lead, erase deficit to top Saints

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For the second time in 11 days’ time, Tottenham Hotspur coughed up a lead to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, only this time Jose Mourinho’s side was fortunate enough to escape with victory on the back of their own comeback capped off by an 87th-minute penalty kick.

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From 1-0 up inside the opening quarter-hour, to a 2-1 down with under minutes to go, to 3-2 in a span of nine minutes, Tottenham are through to the fifth round where they’ll host Norwich City.

Spurs went ahead in the 12th minute and appeared to be off to the races. Ryan Sessegnon raced into the penalty area one-on-one with Jack Stephens before losing out and having the ball tackled away, but it fell directly to Tanguy Ndombele just outside the box. Ndombele hit it hard and low, first-time, and straight at Stephens as he returned to his feet. The ball ricocheted off the Saints defender and left goalkeeper Angus Gunn anchored in place.

The lead didn’t even last until halftime, though, as Shane Long put home a rebound after Hugo Lloris made a diving save in the 34th minute. It was Nathan Redmond‘s initial shot which came in from the edge of the area, only to be saved by the outstretch Lloris. He couldn’t hold the ball and no one in a white shirt arrived to clear the ball away before Long reached the top of the six-yard box and slotted it near post.

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Saints took their lead on a devastating counter-attack in the 72nd minute. It began with a Spurs corner kick at one end of the field and Danny Ings tucking the ball in the far corner at the other end.

That lead lasted almost no time at all, though, as Lucas Moura had Spurs level within five minutes. Lucas and Dele Alli played a quick one-two outside the penalty area and the Brazilian tucked his left-footed finish home just as well as Ings had done minutes earlier.

Son Heung-min won, and converted, the penalty kick that proved the difference on the day, but it was once again Alli who pulled the strings and set up one of the game’s crucial moments. His through ball came cut Saints’ defense in half and left Gunn with no choice but to rush off his line, though it must be said the contact he made with Son was minimal, if any at all.

Spurs’ fifth-round clash with Norwich will take place back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium midweek on the week starting March 2.