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Bournemouth v Leicester City


TEAM NEWSBournemouth midfielder Harry After has been ruled out of Saturday’s game because of an Achilles problem. Dan Gosling has also emerged as a doubt after feeling the effects of a heavy collision against Everton.Leicester forward Jamie Vardy is expected to play despite an ongoing hip complaint that prevented his inclusion in the latest England squad.

Robert Huth is still recovering from summer ankle surgery and Matty James is unavailable with an Achilles injury.MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTESSteve Bower: “There are a lot of points to play for in the remaining 32 games of course, but given the underwhelming starts of these two teams this is a match where both will feel they have a real opportunity to secure their second win of the season.”Bournemouth’s victory over Brighton in their last home game was huge and given the fact that they have to go to Spurs and Stoke next before entertaining Chelsea, the importance of this one won’t be lost on them.”Leicester, who’ve already faced Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, will share the same feeling and have the chance to kick-start their season and head into the international break in better spirits.”Twitter: @StevebowercommWHAT THE MANAGERS SAYBournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “We think we have a good squad and I have no doubt in the ability of the players, but the strength of the league is also very strong this year.”So now it is up to us to improve even more than we have done.”But it is early days and I think in this situation it is important we don’t do anything drastic or panic, and just keep doing what we are doing.”Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: “I think the fixtures we’ve had does help explain the run we are on but we are disappointed because we wanted a better points return.”We knew at the beginning of the season when the fixtures were put out that it was going to be hard. “You have to move on and we’re over that, but that doesn’t mean that any of the games coming up are any easier.”LAWRO’S PREDICTIONLeicester should be doing much better with the players they have got but they need to start producing some better performances in order to climb away from the bottom of the table.Prediction: 2-1Lawro’s full predictions v Foo Fighters guitarist Chris ShiflettThink you can do better than Lawro? Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round’s Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game.MATCH FACTSHead-to-headBournemouth are unbeaten against Leicester in the Premier League, winning this fixture 1-0 last season thanks to a goal by Marc Pugh (W1, D3).The four Premier League matches between these sides have only produced five goals.Leicester’s last league victory against Bournemouth was 1-0 at Vitality Stadium in the Championship in February 2014.BournemouthThis is the club’s worst start to a season since 2011-12, when they lost seven of their opening eight games in League One.Bournemouth have lost 28 points from winning positions since the start of last season, more than any other Premier League side.They have kept only two clean sheets in 14 Premier League home games since beating Leicester 1-0 on 13 December.Leicester CityLeicester have just one win from their last nine Premier League games (D2, L6).However, all six defeats during that spell have come against last season’s top six.Another loss on Saturday would represent Leicester’s worst start to a Premier League season after seven matches.Jamie Vardy has scored 13 goals in 19 Premier League games under Craig Shakespeare.Follow Match of the Day on Instagram for the best photos from the world of football.SAM’s verdictMost probable score: 1-1Probability of draw: 28%Probability of home win: 37%Probability of away win: 35%SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Liverpool that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.
Source: BBC Dorset