Published: Sun, April 23, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Bournemouth push 10-man Middlesbrough to brink of relegation

Bournemouth push 10-man Middlesbrough to brink of relegation

After a bright start with the Welsh outfit Paul Clement has seen his men take just a single point from the last 18 available, that coming in a poor goalless draw against goal-shy Middlesbrough, but he surely has to take heart from the fact that Swansea haven't lost touch with the club immediately above them. We made mistakes, got punished, and it made it a very, very hard afternoon.

- No ground has seen more Premier League goals this season than the Vitality Stadium (57, level with Anfield and the Liberty Stadium).

So we know that the Cherries are often involved in entertaining games, and given the way I expect - and hope - Middlesbrough to approach this encounter then I'm fairly confident we'll witness at least another three goals on Saturday afternoon.

However, the Teessiders battled on after their self-inflicted misery and lasted until the 65th minute.

Eddie Howe's side look all-but safe following Saturday's victory, climbing to 12th place in the Premier League table with four games left, a comfortable seven points clear of 18th-placed Swansea City.

The side sit six points from Hull in the final position of safety, albeit with one game in hand, and have six matches remaining to save themselves from an immediate return to the Championship.

The frustrated Ramirez had already been booked for diving after an earlier challenge from Adam Smith when in the 20th minute he lunged in on the lively Pugh and was given a second yellow card by referee Graham Scott, effectively taking a comeback beyond his team. The Uruguayan simply has no desire for a relegation fight - as he has highlighted in the past with an ill-fated spell at Hull a couple of seasons ago. The 30-year-old set up the first and scored the third.

Joshua King tops the team in scoring with 13 goals while Callum Wilson scored six so far. Middlesbrough: Brad Guzan: 4, Antonio Barragan: 5, Calum Chambers: 5, Ben Gibson: 5, Daniel Ayala: 5, George Friend: 5, Adam Clayton: 4, Marten de Roon: 6, Gaston Ramirez: 4, Stewart Downing: 5, Alvaro Negredo: 5.

Victor Valdes (Rib) and Grant Leadbitter (hamstring) are major doubts for Saturday while Rudy Gestede (heel) and Fabio Da Silva (knee) are listed as slight doubts. 62% of their home matches are over 2.5 goals and 31% of their home games are over 3.5 goals in total.

Pugh was afforded too much space to cross for King to break the deadlock so early in the game, while Middlesbrough's defence was caught out by Daniels' clever pass for Afobe to double the lead. The Boro playmaker is played through inside the penalty area but then throws himself to the ground, claiming he was fouled by Francis. The referee simply has no option to book the Uruguay worldwide there.

Bournemouth will assess the fitness of midfielder Dan Gosling, who has missed three games with a calf problem. Watch out for King he is scoring goals for fun. Boro are all over the place.

70' - GOAL - Daniels makes it four with a fine goal.

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