Picking the Best Potential Bournemouth Starting Line-Up for Sunday's Showdown Against Southampton

​Bournemouth will be hoping to bounce back from Wednesday night's home defeat to Burnley when they welcome south coast neighbours ​Southampton to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.


Before losing to the Clarets, ​Bournemouth had won three of their last five matches to move away from the relegation zone.


Here is the side Eddie Howe could select.

Goalkeeper

  • Begovic
    Begovic27

Asmir Begović will continue in goal.​

Defence

  • Francis
    Francis2
  • Cook
    Cook3
  • Aké
    Aké5
  • Daniels
    Daniels11

​Bournemouth's defence has been settled throughout the course of the season. Simon Francis has returned from his ban having been sent off against ​Huddersfield and he will start at right back with Charlie Daniels at left back.


Nathan Ake has proved a hit with the Bournemouth supporters since he arrived at the club in the summer and he will partner Steve Cook, who is only one yellow card away from a suspension. 

Midfield

  • Fraser
    Fraser24
  • Cook
    Cook16
  • Surman
    Surman6
  • Pugh
    Pugh7

With a busy December ahead of Bournemouth, Eddie Howe may ​rotate his midfield. Ryan Fraser had a big impact on the second half against Burnley and could replace Jordan Ibe. Harry Arter could well be rotated with Lewis Cook coming in.


Andrew Surman and Marc Pugh will keep their places in the side.

Forwards

  • King
    King17
  • Wilson
    Wilson13

With a hat trick against Huddersfield, Callum Wilson shot himself to the top of Bournemouth's goalscoring list. He has taken the place of Jermain Defoe who has only one scored one goal since arriving from Sunderland.


Josh King was on target against Burnley and is beginning to recapture some of the form he showed at times last season.