AFC Bournemouth vs Fulham preview: How to watch, kick-off
time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Fulham vs AFC Bournemouth December 3, 2021. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

AFC Bournemouth can move a step closer to clinching automatic promotion with a victory over Fulham on Saturday. The Cherries currently sit four-points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town having played two games less than the Terriers.

Fulham secured automatic promotion back to the Premier League last Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory against Preston North End. The Cottagers will be aiming to clinch the league title to end an impressive first season under Marco Silva.

  • Team news

Bournemouth

Scott Parker confirmed Jordan Zemura and Kieffer Moore are both unavailable for the match. Junior Stanislas is also absent having not featured for the Cherries since December, with Parker expecting him to not return for the final four matches.

Fulham

Silva confirmed he has no injury concerns ahead of the match with the Cherries on Saturday, with a full squad expected to be available for selection.

  • Predicted lineups

Bournemouth (4-3-3)

Travers, Smith, Kelly, Phillips, Laird, Billing, Cook, Lerma, Anthony Solanke, Christie

Fulham (4-2-3-1)

Rodak, Bryan, Ream, Adarabioyo, Williams, Reed, Cairney, Decorova-Reid, Carvalho, Wilson, Mitrovic

  • Form guide

Bournemouth – WLDDW

A 3-0 victory against Coventry City last time out for the Cherries put an end to their three-match winless run. Prior to the win on Monday Parker's side had suffered a disappointing defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the beginning of April, followed by consecutive 0-0 draws against Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.

Fulham – WWLLW

The Cottagers managed to put an end to their own winless run having lost consecutive games for the first time in the league this season. After suffering back-to-back defeats to Derby County and Coventry City, Fulham managed to secure automatic promotion with a 3-0 victory over Preston in their last match.

  • Ones to watch

Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke has been in fine form for the Cherries having scored 26 times in 41 appearances, netting twice in his last match against Coventry. Solanke is enjoying the best season of his career so far, which has seen him nominated for the Sky Bet Championship player of the season award.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

An outstanding season for Aleksandar Mitrovic has seen the Serbian score 40 league goals in as many games. Mitrovic has made history this season by scoring the most goals in a Championship season, which was previously held by Brentford’s Ivan Toney who managed 31 goals last season. The form of Mitrovic has helped to fire the Cottagers back to the Premier League in their first attempt.

  • Previous meetings

The last time the two sides played each other was at Craven Cottage back in December which resulted in a 1-1 draw. Fulham scored late on through Tosin Adarabioyo to cancel out Solanke’s opener. The Cherries have enjoyed success against Fulham having lost just once in their last five meetings.

  • How to watch

The match will not be available to watch in the UK. However, highlights will be available on Quest at 21:00 BST and the following day on social media.

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