Bournemouth v Swansea City: The big talking points

17th March 2017

Swansea City will look to bounce back from defeat at Hull City when they take on Bournemouth in another key Premier League game on Saturday.
The Swans head into the weekend just three points clear of the relegation places, but they know a victory would take them to 30 points - the same tally as 14th-placed Bournemouth.
Here are all the key talking points heading into the big game.

What price the draw?
With the Swans involved, a share of the points may be unlikely.
After all, they have tended to either win or lose games this season. 
The Swans have managed a respectable eight Premier League victories - no club in the bottom eight has more - but there have also been 17 defeats, the second highest tally behind Sunderland (18).
There have been only three top-flight draws - against Chelsea, Watford and Everton - and none since Paul Clement arrived in early January. That is the joint-lowest number in the division, alongside leaders Chelsea.
Draw No. 4 this weekend might not be the worst outcome for the visitors, particularly against opponents they have found struggled against in recent times.

Gylfi's gifts
With 11 assists, more than any other man in the Premier League this season, Gylfi Sigurdsson is the player who keeps on giving.
He leads Christian Eriksen (10), Kevin de Bruyne and Alexis Sanchez (both nine) in the assist chart.
Sigurdsson has also fired off 87 shots this season. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eriksen, Sanchez and Sergio Aguero have had more in the Premier League.
Perhaps Sigurdsson's tally is partly down to the effort he makes to get around the pitch. He has covered a total of 318.2km so far in 2016-17, which is more than any other player in the top flight.

Ever presents
There are just six players who have played every minute of the Premier League season so far, and two of them are expected to be on the pitch at the Vitality Stadium this weekend.
The Swans' ever present is Lukasz Fabianski, while centre-back Steve Cook has not missed a moment of top-flight action for Bournemouth in 2016-17.
The others on the list are Burnley defenders Michael Keane and Ben Mee, plus West Brom duo Ben Foster and Gareth McAuley.

Will King rule again?
Star striker Callum Wilson is on the long-term injury list at Bournemouth, but Josh King has emerged as Eddie Howe's key goal threat in recent weeks.
In fact, the former Manchester United youngster is in the form of his life. Having scored eight goals in his previous 48 Premier League appearances, King has netted nine times in his last top-flight 10 games, making him the first Bournemouth player to reach double figures in a season at this level.
And he likes playing against the Swans, having scored in all three of Bournemouth's Premier League encounters with this weekend's opponents.
Clearly, he will be one for Alfie Mawson and Co to watch.

Goals galore?
Given the two clubs' respective records, it would not be a huge shock if there are a few goals in Dorset this weekend.
After all, the Swans and Bournemouth have the two leakiest defences in the Premier League in 2016-17.
Not only that, but both sides have proved they can be potent going forward as well.
The Swans have scored 36 times in the league this term, a tally which is bettered by only two clubs outside the current top seven - and one of those is Bournemouth. 

Bournemouth have tended to give their opponents a chance even when they have gone ahead in games this season, so Clement's men should not let heads go down even if they fall behind.
In fact, the Cherries have dropped 18 points from winning positions this term, which is more than any other side in top tier.
If they can go ahead and stay ahead on Saturday, Howe's side will be celebrating back-to-back Premier League triumphs for the first time in 2016-17 having beaten West Ham 3-2 last time out.