Bournemouth v Norwich

Bournemouth welcome Norwich to the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday with only two points seperating the sides and both teams looking to move away from the relegation zone.

The Cherries are yet to win a league match in 2016, having drawn with Leicester in their first game of the New Year and recording a 3-1 loss to West Ham in midweek.

The loss to the Hammers was an especially tough blow after Harry Arter had given them an early lead with his first ever top-flight goal.

The home side's only win this year came in a 2-1 triumph over Birmingham in the FA Cup, and their poor form has seen them slide to just three points and two places above the relegation zone.

In team news, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed winger Matt Ritchie is rated as 50/50 for the match after picking up a dead leg against West Ham, while Josh King (hamstring) faces a late fitness test.

Only two points seperate the sides in 15th and 16th position in the Premier League and, in case the threat of relegation didn't create enough pressure, fellow strugglers Sunderland and Aston Villa both picked up rare wins in midweek.

Norwich are also looking to bounce back from a disappointing result on Wednesday after losing 3-1 to Stoke City, despite looking their equals for the first half hour of the match.

However, the fixture was turned on its head when Gary O'Neil picked up a straight red card for an outrageous and unnecessary lunge on Ibrahim Affelay as the winger was ushering the ball out for a throw.

Canaries boss Alex Neil will be looking for more discipline from his charges in what is effectively a vital six-pointer for both teams.

Norwich have no fresh injury concerns to worry about, but O'Neil will miss the match through suspension.

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