On Sunday, April 30th at Dean Court. Kick-off for AFC Bournemouth vs Leeds United begins at 14:00 (GMT+1).
Bournemouth Secures Narrow Win Over Southampton, Move Up One Spot in Table Thanks to Marcus Tavernier's Goal
Bournemouth secured a narrow 1-0 win against Southampton during midweek fixtures thanks to a goal scored by Marcus Tavernier [50′]. “It was an important win,” stated O’Neil after their performance was pleasing; “we were by far superior. “Our players are recovering for Sunday; there’s no celebration and no talk of point tallies,” stated Henninger. With their recent winning streak of LWWLW games, the Cherries moved up one spot into 14th position on the table with 36 points after 10W, 6D, and 17L wins. Bournemouth and Leeds last met back in September 2014 for a 3-1 Championship loss, when Bournemouth managed a comeback before losing 3-1 at Leeds. This will mark their first meeting since then. Bournemouth have lost both their Premier League home games since April 2016; now, having lost consecutive Premier League home games could result in their third three-match losing streak, following April 2016 and December 2019. Bournemouth are currently seven points clear of the bottom three and no longer in immediate peril of relegation, but Gary O’Neil would still like his side to gain ground against those struggling in relegation waters. Dominic Solanke will lead a 4-2-2–3-1 formation under 39-year-old manager Eddie Howe, who informed all that cared that they may be missing Thursday goal scorer Marcus Tavernier due to a hamstring injury sustained last night in their match against Newcastle United. “With Marcus Tavernier, it will depend on how he feels this morning,” Howe noted.
Leicester & Leeds Draw 1-1 After Late Vardy Equalizer, Leeds Fail to Win 5th Straight League Match
Leicester City and Leeds United played out a 1-1 draw during midweek’s round of fixtures after Leicester’s Jamie Vardy found an equalizer (80′) following Sinisterra Sinisterra (20′). Leeds have failed to win their last five league matches, WLLLD, while sitting 16th with 30 points [7W, 9D & 17L]. Of their 13 encounters against Bournemouth [10W, 2D, 1L], nine have resulted in victories [10W, 2D, 1L]. Leeds have won nine of their initial 10 Premier League games against newly promoted sides since returning to the division in 2020, but three out of their five such fixtures this term [2W, 0D, 3L] have ended in defeat for Javi Gracia’s men [2W, 0D, 3L]. Yet Gracia remains confident about taking at least one point home. “We are focused on giving everything we have in these five games left, starting with Bournemouth,” said Deighan. “Bournemouth are a well-organized team; but we go into every match confident we can play well and achieve positive results,” he stated, noting a likely 4–2-3-1 with Patrick Bamford playing as an attacker against Bournemouth.