Bournemouth are buoyed by their shock Three-Zero rout over defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and can look to choose up one other very important three factors towards a lately resurgent Stoke Metropolis on Saturday.
Paul Lambert has turned the Potters’ fortunes round and has amounted 4 factors in his first two video games in cost – propelling Stoke out of the relegation zone.
He’s coming into Saturday’s conflict on the again of a scrappy Zero-Zero dwelling draw to Watford, with new £14m signing Badou Ndiaye prone to make his Premier League debut.
Within the reverse fixture the Cherries got here away 2-1 victors on the wager355 Stadium after netting two targets in 133 seconds; heaping additional stress on former Stoke boss Mark Hughes. Now, precariously positioned only a level above the relegation locations, Lambert’s aspect merely have to avenge October’s defeat.
Bournemouth and Stoke each secured their Premier League standing following a properly fought 2-2 draw on the Vitality Stadium again in Might of 2017.
Stoke took the lead within the 33rd minute when Lys Mousset inadvertently headed into his personal internet, earlier than Junior Stanislas swept dwelling shortly afterwards, equalising in what was a scrappy first half.
After the interval the sport sparked into life although, and each units of followers have been rewarded with an thrilling efficiency.
Nevertheless, with 9 minutes remaining the Cherries equalised for a second time. Adam Smith delivered an ideal ball into the realm which substitute Max Gradel nodded in direction of the aim. His effort got here off the boot of Josh King after which the unlucky Ryan Shawcross, sparking jubilation amongst the house supporters.
The important thing battle on this fixture will seemingly play out between Callum Wilson and Kurt Zouma in Stoke’s defensive third.
Wilson is in a unbelievable vein of type and was the star performer at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. The Englishman focused Gary Cahill and was consistently working in behind, utilizing his pace to show Antonio Conte’s crew round and trigger issues.
It is solely becoming then that a Chelsea participant – in Kurt Zouma – ought to look to keep away from the errors of his teammates and pit further consideration on coping with Wilson’s fixed marauds in-behind. The Frenchman is actually no slouch and is the one participant within the Potters’ back-line that’s able to preserving stride with Eddie Howe’s star talisman
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After Saturday’s surprising triumph at Stamford Bridge Howe’s aspect will come into Saturday’s sport totally assured of taking the lion’s share of factors at dwelling to Stoke.
Lambert is starting to discover a first rate system together with his new aspect, however it’ll take somewhat extra time and Bournemouth are just too scorching to deal with in the meanwhile.
Bournemouth Three-1 Stoke Metropolis