Sunderland v Bournemouth
Venue: Stadium of Light
Kick off: 3PM
Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League could be confirmed if they lose to Bournemouth on Saturday (today).
Sunderland are 12 points from safety with just 15 to play for, so will be relegated if they fail to match Hull’s result against Southampton.
Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Wednesday was their seventh loss in their last nine matches.
And manager David Moyes admitted: “We will need a really good run of results for things to go our way. But while there’s a chance we will try and win.
“It’s at home and we have a chance because we’ve played quite well in recent games. We’ll take that into it and hope it goes our way.”
Bournemouth are currently on 38 points, seven clear of the relegation zone, having ended a four-match winless run with a 4-0 win over Middlesbrough last weekend.
“We are not safe until it is mathematically done,” said manager Eddie Howe. “We would love to get over 40 points this weekend, that is the one every one talks about, then we can move on from there.”
Bournemouth will be without midfielder Dan Gosling because of a calf problem, so Lewis Cook could be drafted into the team after coming off the bench against Middlesbrough.
On-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is out for the season after suffering a fractured leg, while Andrew Surman, forward Callum Wilson, goalkeeper Adam Federici and defender Rhoys Wiggins all continue their recovery from knee injuries.
Sunderland have lost only one of their nine previous meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions, winning five and drawing three.
Bournemouth’s solitary victory over Sunderland came in their first Premier League clash back in September 2015 (2-0), with goals from Wilson and Matt Ritchie securing the points.
Howe’s team has won only two away Premier League games in the last 12 months (W2 D5 L12) – 3-0 vs Swansea in December 2016 and 1-0 vs Stoke in November 2016.
Sunderland fans have seen their side win just three times in 17 attempts at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League this season (W3 D5 L9) – all three of those victories came within the space of 29 days (November 19 – December 17).
Sunderland Possible XI: Pickford, Jones, Denayer, O’Shea, Manquillo, Gibson, Ndong, Cattermole, Khazri, Defoe, Anichebe.
Bournemouth Possible XI: Boruc, Smith, Francis, S. Cook, Daniels, L. Cook, Arter, Stanislas, King, Pugh, Afobe.