Southampton v Bournemouth
17.30 - 1/4/2017 - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Southampton suffered a double blow at Spurs prior to the international break as they were beaten 2-1 and also lost new star striker Gabbiadini to injury. Bournemouth, meanwhile, recorded back-to-back victories as they beat both West Ham and Swansea at home and so they’ve moved up to 11th, trailing their south-coast hosts on goal difference alone, though Saints do have two games in hand.
Having lost only one of their first eight at home, Southampton have now lost three of their last four at St Mary’s, conceding nine goals in the process. Four of their five home victories this term have come over side’s currently below Bournemouth in the table and so we’re looking to take Puel’s men on at 1.62, particularly without Gabbiadini.
Bournemouth have now picked up seven points from their last three, including a draw at Old Trafford in their last away game. They’ve scored in all but one of their last nine on the road, and that was at Chelsea and without Gabbiadini, Southampton may struggle to outgun them. Indeed, the Saints have scored more than once in only two of their home games all season and so we’re siding with Bournemouth on the Double Chance.
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