MATCH PREVIEW: AFC Bournemouth v Swans
12th March 2016
Swansea City are aiming for a third straight Premier League win when they face AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
The Swans travel to the south coast on the back of victories against Arsenal and Norwich which have moved them nine points clear of the bottom three.
Francesco Guidolin's side could also leapfrog Bournemouth with a win this weekend, in what will be the second of three key fixtures this month.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have taken seven points from their last three games to all but secure their top-flight status.
Last weekend's 3-1 win over Newcastle moved Eddie Howe's men ten points clear of trouble in what has been an impressive campaign for the Cherries so far.
WHAT THEY SAID
AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "No one can predict what the final points tally will be.
"Saturday won't guarantee anything but it can help, as all games can, if we can take maximum points.
"There's still a number of games to go, so we need to make sure we are prepared and focussed on this game."
Swans Head Coach Francesco Guidolin: "We got two important victories last week, but it isn't enough yet. I want more.
"I know we have a good team and we can do better and finish the season strongly. It's a difficult league but the table is looking a lot better for us.
"But I hope we can play well again on Saturday against Bournemouth and in the remaining games."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea 2-2 Bournemouth (November 2015)
Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth (April 2008)
Bournemouth 1-4 Swansea (October 2007)
Bournemouth 2-2 Swansea (April 2007)
Swansea 4-2 Bournemouth (November 2006)
- Swansea have won two of their last three league visits to play Bournemouth (W2 D1)
- Bournemouth have won four of their 14 Barclays Premier League home games this season, but never won back to back games at Vitality Stadium in the top flight
- Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored eight Premier League goals this season - his best return in a single Premier League campaign
- The Cherries have scored a league-high tally (8) and proportion (23%) of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games this season