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Southampton v Bournemouth

19th September 2019, 16:24 by Tom Hill

Southampton will look to extend their unbeaten run to five matches when they take on Bournemouth on Friday night in the Premier League.

The Saints endured a slow start to the campaign under Ralph Hasenhuttl after losing their first two matches. However, they have since responded perfectly and are now 10th in the league table.

Hasenhuttl's troops have beaten Brighton and Sheffield United in the top flight, while they also proved too much for Fulham in the Carabao Cup.

A draw against Manchester United has also helped build confidence at St Mary's, but they face a tough night as neighbours Bournemouth come to town.

Bournemouth are ahead of Southampton in the table in ninth, but the two sides are level on both points and goal difference.

The Cherries are looking for their first-ever win away to their south coast rivals, and they head to St Mary's in good spirits after a solid 3-1 win over Everton last weekend.

Bournemouth have won just one of the eight Premier League meetings between the pair, but they have already tasted success on the road this season, with Aston Villa unable to stop them in August.

Hasenhuttl will be without summer signing Moussa Djenepo as he battles a muscle problem. However, England international Nathan Redmond could return to the fold after recovering from an ankle injury.

Howe has more selection headaches to worry about, with up to eight players missing this weekend. Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly are nearing full fitness, but Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels, Arnaut Groeneveld and Junior Stanislas are all out injured.

The two sides played out two draws last season, with the meeting at St Mary's in April finishing 3-3, Callum Wilson grabbing a brace.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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