Match Previews

Bournemouth team news: Gross a doubt

We take on the Cherries on Sunday.

By Charlie Hanson • 22 September 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross captained Albion in their first Europa League game.

Roberto De Zerbi’s team will look to make it five wins from their opening six Premier League games on Sunday as we welcome AFC Bournemouth to The Amex, kick-off 2pm.

The game is sold out, but tickets are still available on the exchange.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross could miss Sunday's game against Bournemouth.

Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Roberto De Zerbi admitted Pascal Gross could miss Sunday's game, while Lewis Dunk may not be rised having missed Thursday's match against AEK Athens.

"Pascal [Gross] has a muscular problem. We have to analyse the situation.

"With Lewis [Dunk] we can’t take any risks, especially at this point of the season. With Evan [Ferguson], there’s a chance he can play.

"I don't know the situation with James Milner."

How to follow the game

Our Live Match Centre will bring you all the news in the build-up, during the game and post-match.

You can also listen to live commentary on MyAlbion TV and there will be coverage across all our social media channels.

Player to watch

The Cherries are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season, but the form of Dominic Solanke no doubt key to turning that around. The former Chelsea striker has scored twice so far this campaign, taking his tally up to 59 goals in 179 appearances for Bournemouth.

Past meetings

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PL Highlights: Bournemouth 0 Albion 2

Albion enjoyed back-to-back Premier League victories over the Cherries last season, with Kaoru Mitoma’s late header securing us a 1-0 win at The Amex in February, before Evan Ferguson and Julio Enciso scored in our 2-0 victory at the Vitality Stadium in April.

Stats and facts

After a 10-game winless run in the league against Bournemouth between 2010 and 2019 (D4 L6), Albion have now won three of their last four against the Cherries (L1).

Bournemouth have won just two of their last 16 away league games against Albion (D6 L8), winning 2-0 in April 2015 in the Championship and 5-0 in the Premier League in April 2019.

Brighton's Premier League games have seen more goals than any other side's this season (22), with Albion the highest scorers in the league so far (15). They've both scored and conceded in each of their last nine top-flight games, while they've scored in each of their last 21 in the competition.

Brighton are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2018 under Chris Hughton. Since that run of three, they've won two in a row on 16 different occasions, including twice so far this season.

Bournemouth are without a win in nine Premier League games, the longest ongoing run of any side currently in the competition (D3 L6). This is the first time they've been winless in their first five league games of a season since 2008-09, when they failed to win any of their first six in League Two.

Brighton have overperformed their expected goals more than any other side in the Premier League this season, netting 15 goals from an xG of 10.7 so far.

Brighton have had more shots following a high turnover than any other side in the Premier League this season (14), while only Wolves (15) have faced more such attempts than Bournemouth so far (11).

Pascal Gross has created six chances for Brighton teammate João Pedro in the Premier League this season, the most one player has created for another so far. However, none of the 16 chances Gross has created for his teammates overall this season in the league have been converted.

No defender has created more chances (12) or provided more assists (2) in the Premier League this season than Brighton's Pervis Estupinan. Teammate Tariq Lamptey has also provided two assists from full-back this season, both in Albion's 3-1 win over Manchester United last time out.

Since the start of last season, Bournemouth's Neto has the fifth-best save percentage (72.4%) of any goalkeeper to play at least 10 Premier League games. He saved all six shots on target he faced against Chelsea last time out.

Match officials

Referee: John Brooks.

Assistants: Simon Bennett, Akil Howson.

Fourth official: Peter Bankes.

VAR: Michael Oliver.

Assistant VAR: Dan Cook.