Match Previews

Bournemouth team news: Gilmour available but van Hecke misses out

Albion face the Cherries away from home on Sunday.

By Charlie Hanson • 27 April 2024

Scottish midfielder could make his first Premier League appearance in over two months.

Albion will look to leapfrog Bournemouth into tenth spot on Sunday when the two play each other the Vitality Stadium, kick-off 2pm.

Team news

Roberto De Zerbi confirmed that Billy Gilmour is available for the first time since picking up an injury on international duty last month, but Jan Paul van Hecke will miss the trip along the south coast. The Italian said, "I’m not sure for how long or how many games, but JP can’t play at Bournemouth."

De Zerbi added that he had no update on the fitness of Tariq Lamptey or James Milner, and that Julio Enciso will be available against the Cherries but can’t play 90 minutes.

Our last meeting

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PL Highlights: Albion 3 Bournemouth 1

Albion faced the Cherries at home back in September, with De Zerbi's team securing a 3-1 victory. It wasn't plain sailing for Albion, who found themselves 1-0 down after 25 minutes thanks to a Dominic Solanke strike. A Milos Kerkez own goal just before half-time was followed by a Kaoru Mitoma double in the second half to ensure Albion came away the victors.  

Player to watch

By Paul Hazlewood
Dominic Solanke has scored 18 goals in 34 Premier League appearances this season.

Dominic Solanke is having his best season in the English top-flight to date. His previous best tally was the six goals he notched last season, which pales into insignificance compared to the 18 he has so far this season. The striker took a while to find his feet in first-team football having been a prolific striker at youth level with Chelsea and England, but his 72 goals in his last four seasons have certainly seen him establish himself with the Cherries. 

How the table looks ahead of kick-off

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Live League Table Table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1
Manchester City
Man City MCI
38 28 7 3 96 34 +62 91
2
Arsenal
Arsenal ARS
38 28 5 5 91 29 +62 89
3
Liverpool
Liverpool LIV
38 24 10 4 86 41 +45 82
4
Aston Villa
Aston Villa AVL
38 20 8 10 76 61 +15 68
5
Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs TOT
38 20 6 12 74 61 +13 66
6
Chelsea
Chelsea CHE
38 18 9 11 77 63 +14 63
7
Newcastle United
Newcastle NEW
38 18 6 14 85 62 +23 60
8
Manchester United
Man Utd MUN
38 18 6 14 57 58 -1 60
9
West Ham United
West Ham WHU
38 14 10 14 60 74 -14 52
10
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace CRY
38 13 10 15 57 58 -1 49
11
Brighton and Hove Albion
Albion Albion
38 12 12 14 55 62 -7 48
12
Everton
Everton EVE
38 13 9 16 40 51 -11 48
13
Bournemouth
Bournemouth BOU
38 13 9 16 54 67 -13 48
14
Fulham
Fulham FUL
38 13 8 17 55 61 -6 47
15
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves WOL
38 13 7 18 50 65 -15 46
16
Brentford
Brentford BRE
38 10 9 19 56 65 -9 39
17
Nottingham Forest
Nott'm Forest NFO
38 9 9 20 49 67 -18 36
18
Luton Town
Luton LUT
38 6 8 24 52 85 -33 26
19
Burnley
Burnley BUR
38 5 9 24 41 78 -37 24
20
Sheffield United
Sheffield Utd SHU
38 3 7 28 35 104 -69 16

*The above table does not include points deductions for Nottingham Forest and Everton.

Travel news

Albion supporters travelling back from Bournemouth on Sunday are reminded that the A27 eastbound is closed at Lancing with diversions signposted via the A24 to Washington, then via the Steyning bypass back to the Shoreham flyover.

Match stats

Having won four of their first six Premier League meetings with Brighton (D1 L1), Bournemouth have now lost each of their last three against the Seagulls.

Albion won this exact fixture 2-0 last season, ending a run of four straight away league defeats against Bournemouth. They last won consecutive league visits to the Cherries in February 1932.

Bournemouth have lost 67.5% of their Premier League games played on Sunday (27/40), the highest loss rate for any team to have played 10+ Sunday games in the competition’s history.

Albion have lost three of their last five Premier League games played on a Sunday (W2), more than they had in their previous 18 (W10 D6 L2).

Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games (W3 D2) – only once have they had a longer run without defeat at the Vitality Stadium in the top-flight, going six games between May and October 2018.

Albion have won just two of their last 15 Premier League away games (D5 L8), beating Nottingham Forest 3-2 in November and Sheffield United 5-0 in February.

Albion have failed to score in six of their 12 away games in all competitions so far in 2024, as many times as they had in 49 games on the road in 2022 and 2023 combined.

Justin Kluivert has scored in his last two Premier League home games for Bournemouth, as many times as he had in his first 12 appearances at the Vitality Stadium.

Dominic Solanke has scored nine home goals in the Premier League this season – no Bournemouth player has ever reached double figures at the Vitality Stadium in a single top-flight campaign.

No Albion player has scored more away goals in the Premier League this season than Danny Welbeck (4). Only in 2013-14 (6) has he scored more on the road in a single campaign.

Match officials

Referee: Paul Tierney

Assistants: Scott Ledger, Mat Wilkes

Fourth official: Michael Salisbury

VAR: Chris Kavanagh

Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton