Both Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion are finding wins hard to come by as the Premier League season heads towards its conclusion, so will be equally determined to claim the spoils when they meet at the Vitality Stadium.
The game at Everton last weekend will definitely have gone down as one Bournemouth should never have lost as they conceded two goals that were out of keeping with the general pattern of the game, while proving a little too wasteful at the other end. Benik Afobe was the main culprit as he missed with a very presentable second half header, but there were still some positives to take, none more so than a first start since September for star striker Callum Wilson.
Having successfully kept out of immediate danger since the turn of the year in particular, this has been a very satisfactory first season of top-flight football for the Cherries, but one wonders where they may have been had Wilson along with a couple of his fellow long-term absentees had been available to Eddie Howe right the way through. Wilson was his typically energetic and sharp self on Merseyside, and will surely keep the West Brom backline honest here.
No wins in seven games is a run that West Brom will be very hopeful of ending before the season is out, but it is not a sequence that has come about as the result of a severe decline in performance levels. Their downfall has largely been a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal, a facet of their play which was exhibited again last time out at home to West Ham United, where they were eventually punished by consummate finishing at the other end and as a result suffered a comprehensive defeat.
Craig Gardner was the man to fail on three occasions in the opening exchanges against the Hammers and had one of those chances been taken, the afternoon could have played out much differently. Instead he was left to rue his profligacy almost as much as teammate Saido Berahino had been with his brace of penalty failures in the previous home game against Watford.
This one should be an interesting battle, with Bournemouth likely to throw everything at the visitors in their final home encounter of this season, while the Baggies will hope to face up to the anticipated barrage with a show of organisation and discipline, as well as that elusive clinical edge in front of goal.
Max Gradel is back in training for Bournemouth and could feature, but they remain without defender Adam Smith and Sylvain Distin.
James Morrison may return from injury for West Brom, who are expected to keep promising youngster Jonathan Leko in their starting XI.
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