Bournemouth were 10 minutes from climbing out of the relegation zone, but the Cherries were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with fellow Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
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Bournemouth (17 points – 18th place) led 1-0 for nearly an hour after Jaidon Anthony took Dango Ouattara’s pass and coolly slotted the ball past Dean Henderson in the 28th minute. Three points would have taken the Cherries from 18th, where they began and end the day, all the way up to 14th.
Such is life in the incredibly congested bottom-third of the Premier League table these days. That’s five games without a win for Bournemouth and just one win their last 11 PL games, after Sam Surridge snuck in behind the Bournemouth defense and tapped home Brennan Johnson’s cross on 83 minutes.
Nottingham Forest (21 points) find themselves just outside the messy muck one place above, in 13th. Clawing the draw back leaves Steve Cooper’s unbeaten in their last four Premier League games (2W-2D-1L in five since returning from the World Cup break).
How to watch Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium
Key storylines & star players
This is a huge match for both teams, as Forest begins a run of six matches mostly against bottom-third sides and Bournemouth has in-form Brighton and Newcastle next. Bournemouth’s leaned on veterans Lloyd Kelly, Jefferson Lerma, and Phillip Billing, but will hope for new attacking blood like Dango Ouattara to deliver some flair to the side.
Forest has been looking a lot better of late, only losing once since the calendar hit November. Its won two-straight and will like its chances of riding in-form Morgan Gibbs-White past Bournemouth. That said, Taiwo Awoniyy and Ryan Yates could miss out while star Dean Henderson is definitely out. Ripe for the taking?
Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Marcus Tavernier (thigh), David Brooks (thigh), Ryan Fredericks (other), Junior Stanislas (other), Dominic Solanke (knee), Lewis Cook (knee)
Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Ryan Yates (head/face). OUT: Dean Henderson (thigh), Jesse Lingard (thigh), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), WIlly Boly (ankle), Cheikhou Kouyate (thigh), Omar Richards (calf)
Nottingham Forest equalize late to keep Bournemouth in relegation zone originally appeared on NBCSports.com