Picking the Best Potential Bournemouth Lineup to Face Swansea City on Saturday

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

Southampton (6-15-15) are now just outside the bottom three on goal difference, while it is Swansea (8-9-19) who would go down based on current standings with a goal difference of minus-26.

It was their first win in six games and ensured a fourth successive season in the Premier League, not that Howe thinks his side are becoming an established force.

The last time both these teams met, it was a 1-1 draw, but both of them would want more than that at the Vitality Stadium.

Carlos Carvalhal's men spurned several chances but their failings in front of goal meant they remained very much in the relegation mire. The problem for Carlos Carvalhal, however, is that Swansea can ill-afford this sequence to continue.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says staying up for another season can not be taken lightly.

One of the two, or even better yet both, will come from the loser of Tuesday's Swansea v Southampton "thriller".

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Still Swansea created chances and nearly immediately Jordan Ayew fluffed a golden one to level when he shot horribly wide after muscling his way through in on goal. It was never likely to be an easy game for the Swans with Chelsea on the scent of a top-four finish, however, they went about their task admirably.

Reflecting on the Bournemouth defeat, Carvalhal said: "After a game that we lose, everyone is sad of course, but we will react and Tuesday, we must be at the top".

With a game against Southampton themselves coming up, not losing would go a long way in heading into the game against the Saints with some momentum. However, the Cherries are near the bottom of league defensively, allowing 60 goals. They actually looked the more likely to score late on, and they nearly did. The overly-defensive tendencies which blunted Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season have reappeared to leave Swansea without a goal in 5 of their last 7 games.

The Baggies are unbeaten in the three games since Moore took charge, which included an impressive 1-0 win over Man Utd at Old Trafford, and while it doesn't look like it will be enough to keep the club in the Premier League, it does make this Saturday's game against Spurs far more interesting.

A win sees the Potters rise above 19th but only to 18th place, while being equal on points with Swansea until they wait for a result in their fixture. This is the main point and the players know about that.

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