03-Dec-2017 13:34:07 | The Guardian
3 min: Great first attack from the visitors now, Boufal slipping a lovely pass to Tadic at the byline and the Serbian laying a ball across for Austin ... who would convert if Ake wasn’t on hand at the near post with a superb tackle.
2 min: Not the most breakneck of starts but some high pressing from Saints forces a bit of Bournemouth looseness in possession at the back. Then Ward-Prowse misplaces a pass for Pied and out it goes.
The hosts kick off and go right to left on yer telly.
Should have mentioned, by the way – right-back Jeremy Pied will make his first Premier League start under Pellegrino, one of six changes for them. Into the lion’s den for the former Lyon and Nice man ...
The teams are walking out! It’s a brisk, boisterous atmosphere out there. The key today might be Bournemouth’s early tempo – if they come out fast, they’ll be a real handful. But when they’re flat, they can be quite flat.
In today’s team news, by the way, Lewis Cook is a notable name among six changes to the Bournemouth team – good chance for the England U20 captain to make an impact, it’s only his ninth league start since joining in summer 2016 ...
Saints fans, what do you think of your team so far this season? The Everton game seemed much-needed, to me. Speaking as an outsider who only covers them on and off it seems to me they don’t really have a *thing* at the moment; do you see an identity developing under Pellegrino? Does that even matter?
Eddie Howe turned 40 on Wednesday. 40! It feels as if he’s been around forever. What a career he has had for one so young. Can Bournemouth give him a slightly late present today?
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Bournemouth: Begovic, Adam Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Stanislas, Lewis Cook, Surman, Fraser, King, Defoe. Subs: Boruc, Steve Cook, Gosling, Pugh, Afobe, Callum Wilson, Ibe.
Southampton: Forster, Pied, van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Austin. Subs: Yoshida, McCarthy, Lemina, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Targett.
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