By Ben Whitlock – @BenWhitlock34
On the back of an impressive 3-2 home victory over West Ham last weekend, AFC Bournemouth face another game at the Vitality tomorrow against Swansea, in the days late kick off at 17:30.
Having picked up four points in the last two games, the Cherries have slightly edged away from the relegation zone, and are six points ahead of 18th placed Hull. The Swans are currently in 16th, three points behind 14th placed Bournemouth.
The Welsh club have won four out of their last seven, and Cherries boss Eddie Howe was full of praise for Swansea manager Paul Clement: “They are a different team now under Paul, with a much different shape and style of play.
“As a team they are a lot more compact and are very organised, which makes them a very hard team to beat. The distinctive style and better tactics that Clement has provided has made them a better team.”
When speaking about Swansea’s biggest threats, Howe mentioned both Llorente and Sirgurdsson and ensures Bournemouth are aware of their strengths and will try and isolate them from the game.
After last week’s result, the Cherries boss expressed how spirits were high in the Bournemouth camp as they had the winning feeling back. “Everyone needed that feeling back, and it had been a long time since we had felt it. But we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. We haven’t got many games left, and every game we play takes more importance.
After picking up a calf injury against West Ham, Harry Arter will face a late fitness test. Andrew Surman returns from a one match ban and Junior Stanislas is a possibility, but Tyrone Mings is still suspended.
Fernando Llorente is fit for the Swans having recovered from a dead leg. Martin Olsson and Angel Ragel are out after suffering ankle and foot injuries respectively.
For all Cherries’ fans that can’t make it to the game tomorrow, it will be broadcast live on BT Sport at 5:30.