Eddie Howe speaks
Gary Nevlle is on Graham Norton duty for Sky and his interview with the Bournemouth manager yields the following revelation: “we don’t think we have shown the real Bournemouth so far this season, so we have to go out there and how what we’re really about.”
Brighton have made only one change from last week’s win, with the injured Bruno replaced by the Guardian’s Liam Rosenior. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have made three changes, but still Surman starts ahead of Lewis Cook.
Bournemouth: Begovic; A Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels; Fraser, Arter, Surman, Pugh; King; Defoe
Subs: Boruc, Mings, Cook, Gosling, Ibe, Mousset, Afobe
Brighton: Ryan; Rosenior, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross; Hemed
Subs: Maenpaa, Huenemeier, Goldson, Schelotto, Izquierdo, Murphy, Murray
Referee: C Pawson
Hello, very glad you could make it. Since Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic’s maiden clash with Brighton and Hove Albion in 1923, these two south-coast clubs have played each other 105 times – but never in the top-flight. That is about to change. What is more, even at this early stage in the season, this is a match that both clubs could do with winning if they are to stick around the Premier League for another year.
Freshly promoted Brighton have been making a better fist of the season so far, notching up their first win last week with an impressive 3-1 dismantling of West Brom. Bournemouth, meanwhile, have found the going much tougher and have lost all four of their league matches so far, including against that self-same West Brom. Eddie Howe, once considered infallible, is a manager under pressure. Defeat here is unlikely to lead to his dismissal but, then again, Frank de Boer.
Howe has vowed to “get back to basics” in a bid to restore his team to winning ways. Maybe we’ll find out soon what that means. Chris Hughton, meanwhile, arrives with a team that has found a groove, with last week’s win coming on the back of a decent performance and draw at Watford (another of the teams to have beaten Bournemouth this season). All in all, this is set up to be a feisty and fun Friday night by the seaside. Here we are now, entertain us!