Bournemouth v West Brom team news & stats

Date published: Friday 6th May 2016 1:23

Max Gradel: Could return for Bournemouth against West Brom

Both Bournemouth and West Brom may fancy their chances of ending their poor runs in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Dean Court.

Team news

Bournemouth full-back Adam Smith will not play again this season due to a groin problem, but Max Gradel is in contention having rejoined training following a hip/thigh injury which has kept him out of the side since April 20.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has hinted he is ready to make changes for the Baggies’ final two games of the season.

Teenage forward Jonathan Leko is set to start again after impressing on his full debut against West Ham last week, while fellow youngsters Tyler Roberts and Sam Field are also expected to be in the squad.

Chris Brunt (knee) and James Morrison (hamstring), however, will not feature.

Opta stats

  • Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion have played each other 11 times in the league, winning four times each.
  • West Brom won 1-0 on their last league visit to Bournemouth, in the third tier in January 1993. It is their only win away to the Cherries (D1 L3).
  • The Cherries have lost their last three Premier League matches on home soil, conceding 10 goals along the way.
  • The Baggies have won just one of their last 13 Premier League road trips (W1 D6 L6).
  • Bournemouth have now lost three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since November (four in a row).
  • Only neighbours Aston Villa (11) have been waiting longer for a win in the Premier League than Tony Pulis’ side, who are winless in seven (D2 L5).
  • No Premier League side has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Bournemouth (9, level with Manchester City).
  • The Baggies’ next goal will be their 400th in the Premier League.
  • A league-high 10 of the Cherries goals this season have come courtesy of defenders.
  • West Brom have posted the oldest starting 11 on average in the top-flight this season (29y 209d) yet have fielded the only player born in 1999 or beyond in the Premier League (17-year-old Jonathan Leko).


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