Whilst Leicester City seem in good position to finish among the top-four in the Premier League, the battle to avoid relegation continues for Bournemouth.
Two sides at the opposite ends of the table will meet on Sunday night at Vitality Stadium.
Life has been relatively good during this unusual campaign for Leicester (17-8-9), who sit fourth in the table and looking good for a Champions League spot toward next season. Amidst a 2-3-1 stretch within the league, the Foxes are coming off a 1-1 draw at Arsenal earlier this week.
Jamie Vardy’s 84th-minute goal leveled that match, and came just in time for Leicester to salvage a point against a club that’s chasing them in the table.
“It’s a terrific point,” manager Brendan Rodgers told Leicester’s official website. “We’re disappointed we couldn’t win it, but we take the points.
“It could be a very, very important point for us. We’re greedy.”
Vardy has enjoyed a stellar season, recording a league-high 22 goals, including three over his last two games – including the 100th of his Premier League career. He has three goals in his last two games against Bournemouth, including two with an assist during a 3-1 home victory on Aug. 31.
If the Cherries (7-7-20) were not desperate to stay alive in the Premier League, they should be heading into the crucial contest. Sitting atop the relegation zone, Bournemouth are three points from safety but have plenty of work left to keep from being dropped.
Though they’re 0-2-7 since recording back-to-back wins over Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa, they managed to end a five-game league slide by earning a point with a scoreless draw against Spurs on Thursday.
Whilst the Cherries still have their issues when scoring, just the fact they have something relatively positive to build upon could be huge at this point on what’s been a crazy campaign for various reasons.
“We have to feed off every positive fibre from that game,” manager Eddie Howe told Bournemouth’s official website. “That will give the players a huge lift, but we know good performances in itself isn’t going to be enough. We need results.
“We’re trying to get points. We’re trying to stay in the Premier League.”
Bournemouth are mired in an 0-2-2 league stretch at home since beating Villa on Feb. 1.
Callum Wilson scored Bournemouth’s lone goal against Leicester in the reverse fixture. However, he has gone three league matches without scoring any of his eight games.