Bournemouth and Swansea City will be battling it out for maximum points in their race for Premier League survival at Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Topflight newcomers Bournemouth have enjoyed a fairly decent first year in the Premier League and the Cherries have put themselves in a good position to retain their status for next season. They are currently sitting 14th in the standings 11 points clear of the drop zone and five points short of the mythical 40-point mark that is supposed to guarantee safety from relegation.
Eddie Howe’s team have registered a draw and two back-to-back wins in their last three Premier League encounters, winning against Southampton and beating bottom of the table Newcastle United 3-1.
Forward Josh King, who scored a winner against Newcastle, has urged his team-mates to remain focused as there’s still more work to be done, in the remaining games.
“I wouldn’t say we are safe – we have got lots more to do,” he told the club’s official website. “The win against Newcastle brought us a step closer, but we are not going to take our foot off the gas and think because we are 11 points clear we can all of a sudden lose.
“You have to look at it mathematically and we won’t stop until we are 100% safe. Even then, we will still play good football and give 100% because that is what our fans deserve.”
Swansea, meanwhile, have been faced with off the field incidents, as their head coach Francesco Guidolin had a spell in hospital following a chest infection and was unable to attend his side’s crucial victories over Arsenal and Norwich City to move away from the relegation zone.
The Swans have collected 33 points from 29 league games and are nine points clear of the bottom three, however, Guidolin says he doesn’t want to take any chances as nothing is impossible in the Premier League.
“We got two important victories last week, but it isn’t enough yet,” he said. “I want more. I know we have a good team and we can do better to finish the season strongly.
“The table is looking a lot better for us but I hope we can play well again on Saturday against Bournemouth and in the remaining games.
“The Premier League is difficult. I don’t know how many victories are needed because we must only look match by match.”
Bournemouth’s Harry Arter is expected to make a return to the team, subject to a late fitness tests. For Swansea, Ki Sung-yueng will miss the trip to Dorset due to a foot injury.