Bournemouth-Leicester City Preview
Top-half finishes in the Premier League table will be at stake in Sunday's finale between Bournemouth and Leicester City at King Power Stadium.
Bournemouth (12-9-16) come into the match in 10th place on 45 points, while Leicester (12-7-18) sit one spot and two points behind the Cherries, which adds some drama to this contest.
Bournemouth need just one point to assure themselves a top-half finish, which would be a remarkable achievement for a club that fended off financial issues only a few seasons ago. Eddie Howe's men come into the match amid a 3-1-0 stretch.
Last time out, the Cherries claimed a 2-1 win over Burnley thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas and Josh King, who increased his team-leading total to 16 over all competitions with an 85th-minute winner against the Clarets.
"I'm really pleased," defender Steve Cook told the club's official website. "We've got one more game and the incentives are still there for us to finish in the top half, but I thought we were very professional and topped off a good home campaign here. Every game's different, we defended well as a team. It's a shame we didn't get the clean sheet but overall I think we're very pleased."
A far cry from last season's title run, Leicester City try to avoid a third consecutive defeat after taking a 6-1 hammering from Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
"They are an excellent side," manager Craig Shakespeare said of Spurs. "I knew that before the game. We were totally second best.
"The disappointing thing for me, when we conceded the third goal, I didn't see enough desire there to defend as a team. It really drained us of any belief."
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in their last two league games against Leicester after going six without one. Marc Pugh scored in the 34th minute of Bournemouth's 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture Dec. 13.
Updated May 19, 2017