Wolverhampton Wanderers vs A.F.C Bournemouth Preview: A tale of two ends of the league 
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Adam Smith of Bournemouth and Jonny of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vitality Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Both of these sides are arguably over-achieving given the size of the club. However, there is a stark contrast between their respective predicaments at the moment.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are high flying and are aiming to mount a challenge on Manchester United and Chelsea for a place in the Champions League.

Further down the league, you have A.F.C Bournemouth who are clinging on to the privilege of being a Premier League club. The Cherries are level on points with West Ham but have an inferior goal difference record.

Tomorrow they will match up in what on paper appears to be a formality.

Head to head

The last time these sides met was at the Vitality Stadium back in November. Bournemouth were pegged back by two goals from Portuguese maestro João Moutinho, and the talismanic Raúl Jiménez - just prior to an early dismissal for Simon Francis in the first half.

Wolves were set in good stead with an early cushion, and were only briefly threatened by what turned out to be a consolation goal from Steve Cook.

The last time Bournemouth were able to get the better of tomorrow's opponents was pre-Nuno Espirito Santo. They managed to inflict a 2-1 defeat on Wolves, on their way to being crowned EFL Championship champions 2015.

Team news

It will be interesting to see if Nuno will be able to apply his usual philosophy of a rarely rotated starting eleven during the hectic fixture list. He is however blessed to have a clean bill of health, and zero suspensions to limit him.

The visitors however, have had contractual issues with winger Ryan Fraser. The Scotsman refused the opportunity to extend his contract until the end of the season, leaving Eddie Howe scratching his head in search of a replacement.

Fraser has only managed to be a part of five goals in his 28 league appearances this season - his lack of contribution in front of goal has been a massive factor to his side's struggles this campaign.

Fullback Charlie Daniels has made a return to training following a knee injury, however, he will not be fit enough to feature tomorrow.

Josh King and Philip Billing are both out with ankle injuries.


Wolves' last five: W D W W D

Bournemouth's last five: L L D L L

Where to watch

BT Sport 2 - UK

Sky Sports - Germany

Sport TV - Portugal

Fubo - US

The game kicks off at 18:00 (BST)