Eddie Howe will be feeling a little pressure as his side has been struggling badly this season. Bournemouth have managed to win only one match so far and time is quickly running out for them.
The Cherries showed some intent in the last match but despite giving Everton some problem, their chances quickly diminished as the Toffees inflicted another defeat on them. They are now at the second bottom in the Premier League table and the relegation fear has already started to loom large.
Attack has been the bedrock of their success but this season hasn’t been the same for them. Scoring goals have been the main problems for them as they have found the net just four times this season. Howe needs to find an alternate solution to this problem.
Predicted 4-4-2 Bournemouth Starting Lineup Against Leicester City
Asmir Begovic will be in the goal. The keeper arrived at the Vitality Stadium from Chelsea this summer and has been a regular for Howe’s side. However, Leicester could impose a big threat on them as they do have the resources to spoil Bournemouth’s party and Begovic will have to take care of the situation.
The Cherries have a number of tough fixtures ahead and they need to pull off a win in this match and to do that defence needs to put a solid performance. Simon Francis has been a one-man army in the Cherries backline. The Cherries captain has been pretty consistent for them this season.
Steve Cook should replace Nathan Ake in the back-line. Charlie Daniels will have to take risks from the left side in a bid to gain something positive. Adam Smith is expected to retain his position in the right back position.
Passes need to be distributed in full flow from the midfield and Howe needs to make sure of that. He will use the double pivot of Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling. Gosling has been an engine in the middle of the pitch and needs to put stop the Foxes floodgate.
Surman will be in his usual box to box role.
The problem lies in this department. Leicester have not the strongest of defence and the Cherries should exploit that. Junior Stanislas will be on the left flank while Jordan Ibe will try his trickery from the opposite side.
Both Jermain Defoe and Josh King have been a bit off so far. The pair has all the ammunition to fire and Howe would be hoping they find their form in this match. Here is how they might line-up: