Bournemouth are set to welcome Brighton & Hove Albion at the Vitality Stadium as Eddie Howe’s men will be looking for redemption. The Cherries have failed to win a single match till now and have lost all their matches so far. The fear of relegation has already started to loom big and this match could be the best opportunity for them to re-energize their campaign.
Scoring goals has been a problem as they have scored one goal in four matches and have leaked eight goals which must have been noted by manager Chris Hughton. A win can make things back to normal, but defeating Brighton won’t be easy.
They will be oozing with confidence having registered their first win in the Premier League as they blanked West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in the last match. But the Cherries will be banking on the home comfort and Eddie Howe must find a way to grind out full points from this match.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Bournemouth Starting lineup Against Brighton & Hove Albion
Asmir Begovic is set to be tested once again. The Bosnian international hasn’t had a good time at the Vitality since he left Chelsea for the Cherries and will be hoping to have a better game.
Nathan Ake doesn’t seem to have an impact like last season as the Cherries defence has been exploited quite easily by the opponents. He has to take care of the things alongside Steve Cook, who will be deputizing him in marshalling the backline.
Charlie Daniels scored a magnificent goal against Manchester City and will be hoping for a similar kind of opportunity in the next match. Adam Smith will be at the right back position.
Dan Gosling will be given the go ahead to feature in the midfield. The 27-year-old will have to defy things to keep them intact in the middle of the pitch. Harry Arter will be alongside him to match the tenacity of the game.
Jordan Ibe hasn’t been lived up to the expectations and might have another chance to prove himself. He will have a go from the left flank.
Joshua King will try to create pressure in the attacking third and will be stationed in the no.10 position. Ryan Fraser will test the Brighton defence from the right flank. Jermain Defoe hasn’t been effective since his free transfer from Sunderland but is expected to spearhead the attack.