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Bournemouth vs Norwich City preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 11:00, 19 October 2019

Norwich City head into a gruelling Premier League encounter with Bournemouth having lost three games on the spin.

The Canaries sent shockwaves across the division when they fought valiantly to clinch a 3-2 win over reigning champions Manchester City, but they have since had three successive defeats inflicted on them by Burnley, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

Eddie Howe, meanwhile, has guided his side to a stable 10th in the table but will be looking to push the Cherries further up the ladder and improve on their bottom half finish last season.

Read on for Bournemouth vs Norwich City predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Bournemouth vs Norwich City and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Vitality Stadium

Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019

Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Bournemouth vs Norwich City

30 October 2018: Bournemouth 2-1 Norwich (Carabao Cup)

16 January 2016: Bournemouth 3-0 Norwich (Premier League)

12 September 2015: Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth (Premier League)

10 January 2015: Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich (Championship)

30 August 2014: Norwich 1-1 Bournemouth (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Bournemouth (WWLLD) 8-7 Norwich (LLWWD)

Ones to watch

Bournemouth: Joshua King

The Norwegian forward has been one of the most significant players for Bournemouth since they returned to the top-flight in 2015, combining clever close control with a keen eye for goal, which has yielded 56 direct contributions in 143 matches.

And that unwavering influence in the final third has been reflective in his performances this season, with the ex-Manchester United youngster registering two Premier League goals and two assists. King’s form will be undeniably key if the club have any aspirations of finishing in the top half of the table come May.

Key stat: King is the only Bournemouth player to successfully complete over 10 take-ons in the Premier League this season (23).

Norwich City: Emiliano Buendia

If Teemu Pukki has been the reliable source of goals and Todd Cantwell the emerging starlet, then Buendia has been the fulcrum of everything positive about the Canaries this term. The Argentinian simply oozes silk and has been in imposing form, which is testament to his inherent ability as Norwich have struggled for consistency this term.

Daniel Farke’s side possess the required talent to haul themselves out of the relegation zone, but pivotal to that quest will be whether Buendia can continue to provide the goods across a 38-game Premier League season – he isn’t doing too bad a job at the minute, mind.

Key stat: Buendia has completed more take-ons (22), created more chances (20) and registered more assists (4) than any Norwich player in the Premier League this season.

Team news


There are a number of notable long-term absentees for Bournemouth, including David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham and Junior Stanislas.

Elsewhere, it remains touch-and-go whether Dan Gosling and Adam Smith will be available for this match having recently recovered from a thigh and groin/hip problem respectively.

Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Stacey, S Cook, Ake, Rico; H Wilson, Lerma, Billing, King; Solanke, C Wilson.

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Norwich City

Norwich certainly haven’t been helped with injury problems this season, particularly to their defence, and they remain light in a number of key departments.

Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley have all been ruled out, while Ben Godfrey, Todd Cantwell and Jamal Lewis are all minor doubts for this fixture, but will be assessed and could be available for selection.

Elsewhere, Tom Trybull, Ralf Fahrmann and Kenny McLean are all expected to miss the journey to the South Coast, while Tim Krul, Alex Tettey, Onel Hernandez and Mario Vrancic have all returned to training and may feature this weekend.

Predicted XI: Krul; Aarons, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis; Leitner, Tettey, Buendia, Stiepermann, Roberts; Pukki.

Squawka prediction

While Norwich will be desperate to stop the rot and start putting some points on the board, Bournemouth are a side who will come storming out of the traps and pile the pressure from minute one on Saturday. With the injury problems currently handicapping Farke, this may prove a test too hot to handle until he gets the vast majority of his playing squad back fit, ready and firing on all cylinders.

Scoreline prediction: Bournemouth 3-1 Norwich City


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