Bournemouth - West Bromwich Albion Preview: Baggies look to end away campaign on high

Match preview of Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash between Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion at The Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth - West Bromwich Albion Preview: Baggies look to end away campaign on high
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West Bromwich Albion will look to forget their home troubles as Tony Pulis' side make the trip to the south coast on Saturday to face Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium, in the Premier League.

The Baggies will contest their final away game of the season, away from The Hawthorns, that is living up to its' name as a home, with West Brom without a win, or indeed a goal since their defeat of Manchester United two months ago.

Baggies will look to campaign's away form

West Brom's away form has been of less concern to Pulis. Craig Dawson's second half goal versus Tottenham Hotspur, ended their chances of an unlikely league crown 10 days ago.

Whilst being just one of two away points garnered in their last four on the road, have gained creditable draws at Anfield, Stamford Bridge and newly crowned champions Leicester City.

Still, in all games played, no win in seven is of a concern to Pulis, as the Baggies boss mulls over his contract extension.

Cherries continue to confound doubters

In the early stages of the campaign, Bournemouth were scratching around for form and indeed points, as the rigours of the English top flight were beginning to be realised. 

Following a run of four successive defeats stretching from late October into early November, many forecasted a bleak outlook for The Cherries. 

After a thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton a few weeks later, defeat of out-of-sorts Chelsea proved the turning point for Eddie Howe's men.

A Charlie Daniels penalty sealed the points at The Hawthorns in December (photo:getty)
A Charlie Daniels penalty sealed the points at The Hawthorns in December (photo:getty)

West Brom will hope to avenge December loss

His side then took the scalps of United and this weekend's opponents West Brom, when the sides last met in late December. Goals from full-back duo Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels cancelled out Garath McAuley's effort. 

Revenge will be on the menu at Dean Court then and West Brom will sense an opportunity. Bournemouth have lost their last three league outings and have not picked up three points - like The Baggies - since March.

Team News

The Cherries are without Sylvain Distin with a back injury and once again right-back Adam Smith, who continues to struggle with an inguinal hernia.

Forward Max Gradel is a doubt with a hip injury but Tokelo Rantie is absent with a muscular injury. Tyrone Mings is on course to return in September.

West Brom should be able to call on James Morrison, but he still remains a slight doubt as does loanee Alex Pritchard with a hip injury. Chris Brunt is a long-term absentee.