Preview: Albion heading to Bournemouth full of vitality

Albion are back in action on Tuesday when they head west along the south coast to face AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm.

By Alex Stedman • 20 January 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion have no new injury worries heading into Tuesday's game with AFC Bournemouth.

Leandro Trossard netted his third goal of the season at the weekend as the Seagulls drew 1-1 with Aston Villa at the Amex Stadium.

The Belgian latched onto Neal Maupay’s pass and finished smartly into the far corner after 38 minutes before Jack Grealish scored for the fourth successive game against Albion late in the second half to mean the spoils were shared. 

The Cherries fell to a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City at the weekend, as Teemu Pukki’s penalty separated the two teams at Carrow Road. Former Albion defender Steve Cook will miss the game tomorrow after being shown a straight red card for deliberate handball in the first half.


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Highlights: Albion 1 Villa 1

Team news...

Graham Potter confirmed that he had no fresh injury concerns for Tuesday’s game, with Dan Burn and Jose Izquierdo the only two players ruled out.

He said, “We have no injury problems following the weekend - we have everyone apart from Dan Burn and Jose Izquierdo available."

Bournemouth will be without Cook as well as the injured Josh King, Jack Stacey, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels, David Brooks and Chris Mepham.

Jefferson Lerma and Lloyd Kelly will both undergo late fitness tests ahead of the match. 


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Potter's Villa verdict

Our last fixture…

Albion 1
Trossard (38)

Aston Villa 1
Grealish (75)

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK), Alzate, Dunk, Webster, Bernardo, Mooy (Gross 81), Stephens, Propper, Connolly (Montoya 68), Maupay, Trossard (Murray 81). 

Subs not used: Button (GK), Duffy, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh.

Their last fixture…

Norwich City 1
Pukki (33)

AFC Bournemouth 0

Bournemouth line-up: Ramsdale (GK), Ake, Smith, Rico, Gosling (Cook 86), Lerma (Solanke 78), Billing, Fraser, Wilson (Francis 34). 

Subs not used: Boruc (GK), Simpson, Surman, Surridge. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard finds the net against Villa.

The Bournemouth player to watch…

Callum Wilson has found the back of the net six times so far this season in all competitions, with only his namesake Harry scoring as many for the Cherries. The striker netted all of his five league goals in September.

By Paul Hazlewood
Callum Wilson in action against Albion last month.

A brace in a 3-1 home win over Everton came between goals away to Leicester City and Southampton, before the England international rounded off a productive month with another goal in a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United.

The 27-year-old was also on target in Bournemouth’s 4-0 win over Luton Town in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup earlier this month and is always one to keep an eye on.

Heading to the game? Read this useful list of frequently asked questions produced by AFC Bournemouth.

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