On Thursday in the Premier League, last-place Southampton will host fifteenth-place Bournemouth at St. Mary’s Stadium. The home team’s last seven league games have ended in losses. The previous time around, they played out a 3-3 draw against league leaders Arsenal to prevent a fourth consecutive loss. Theo Walcott, a former player for the Gunners, scored the second goal to give them a 2-0 lead after 14 minutes. In the 20th minute, Arsenal scored one goal back, but Duje Aleta-Car restored the Saints’ two-goal advantage.
In the 88th and 90th minutes, respectively, goals from Martin degaard and Bukayo Saka enabled the league leaders to tie the game for the third time in a row.
The visitors’ previous game saw them lose 4-0 at home to West Ham United, preventing them from making it three straight victories. After the defeat, they dropped to 15th in the standings while West Ham climbed to 13th.
Bournemouth versus Southampton Key Numbers and Head-to-Head
- In all competitions, the two southern English rivals have faced off 33 times. The encounter between them is occasionally known as the New Forest derby. With 16 victories in these contests, the home team has a better record. Eight times the visitors were able to defeat the home team, and nine games ended in draws.
- In their last 10 encounters with the guests, the hosts have only lost once, and they have won three straight games while maintaining clean sheets.
- Seven of Southampton’s last nine encounters with the visitors have ended in at least two goals.
- With 63 goals allowed in 32 games, the visitors have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this year. In that time, they have outscored the guests 31 to 27.
Prediction for Southampton vs. Bournemouth
Only two of the Saints’ home Premier League victories this year. They have only lost one match at home against the Cherries in all competitions, so they will be hoping for a win. They have lost the most games (10) and earned the fewest points at home this season.
The past two times Bournemouth has played away from home, they have won both games. Additionally, they have each scored three goals in their last two matches against the hosts at the site on Thursday.
Although the visitors have been in somewhat better form than the Saints, we anticipate Southampton to keep the visitors to a draw because of their home advantage.
Southampton 2-2 Bournemouth is the prediction.