Bournemouth vs Stoke City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Stoke City have endured a miserable end to the campaign, but will want to end on a high after a poor 2-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers last time out.

The Potters have not lost on the final day of the season in the previous nine years. 

Bournemouth have secured a spot in the play-offs for the chance to be promoted, and may rest their key men in anticipation for the two huge games to come.

The Cherries will want to enter the final stage in better form after losing their previous two games. 

  • Team news

Jonathan Woodgate is still unsure whether Junior Stanislas will be fit for the game, but has Lloyd Kelly and Steve Cook back fit in his squad.

Lewis Cook remains out, and will not play a part in this campaign again.

Stoke are doubtful over Nick Powell, Harry Souttar and Steven Fletcher for the game, with the key trio all looking unlikely to make the game.

The Potters remain without James McClean, Tyrese Campbell, Nathan Collins, Joe Allen and Tashan Oakley-Boothe, James Chester.

  • Predicted lineups

Bournemouth (4-2-3-1):

Travers; Stacey, Carter-Vickers, S.Cook, Kelly; Pearson, Lerma; Stanislas, Billing, Danjuma; Long.

Stoke City (4-2-3-1):

Davies; Smith, Batth, Forrester, Norrington-Davies; Thompson, Mikel; Clucas, Brown, Norton; Vokes.

  • Ones to watch

Arnaut Danjuma

Danjuma has burst to life in the second tier this season, after being given limited opportunites in the Premier League under Eddie Howe.

The fiery Dutch winger has been one of the standout performers in the Championship, with 15 goals and seven assists to his name.

Christian Norton

19-year-old Norton has made the seamless step up from City's academy in the latter stages of this season, and has excited fans with his willingness to run at defenders. 

The tricky forward would no doubt love to end his debut campaign with a first professional goal, heading into next season where he will hope to stake his claim to be included in Michael O'Neill's playing squad.

  • Previous meetings

Bournemouth claimed a 1-0 victory at the bet365 Stadium earlier in the season, thanks to a Junior Stanislas goal.

  • How to watch

The match kicks off at 12:30 BST on Saturday May 8.

Match passes for iFollow coverage can be purchased from either club's website for £10 for customers in the UK and Ireland and £7 for viewers from elsewhere.

  • What the managers have said

Jonathan Woodgate spoke about the importance of having such a good back-up striker in Shane Long. He said: 

“Long will be a huge help moving forward for the club. I think he’s about one in three in the Championship for goals isn’t he? That’s his record so it speaks for itself.

“He’s a great character and I’ve enjoyed working with him to be honest with you. He’s been a real help as well.”

Michael O'Neill wants a good performance from his team despite the calibre of their opponents. He said:

"It will be a very, very tough game. I think it's as tough as you can get in this division to be honest. Away to Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford I would look and say are the three toughest games you're going to get.

"So it will be a test for us, but we're not playing under any pressure and nor are they. But we want a good performance and hopefully a good result."

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