Bournemouth vs West Ham
Next up for Bournemouth on Boxing Day is a match against West Ham.
Both Bournemouth and West Ham come into the game off the back of defeats on Saturday.
In a surprise to few, Man City collected maximum points against the Cherries.
A double from Sergio Aguero lead the Sky Blues to a 4-0 win over Eddie Howe’s men at the Etihad stadium.
As for West Ham, they were beaten 3-2 at home by Newcastle.
That means Tuesday’s fixture is now an even greater relegation six-pointer between the Premier League strugglers.
Bournemouth are third from bottom, and West Ham are only one place above them.
Terrible Jermain Defoe news after Chelsea
Last week in the League Cup, Chelsea knocked out Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.
Aside from losing the cup tie, Bournemouth also lost two key players at Stamford Bridge.
Charlie Daniels picked up a knock, as did striker Jermain Defoe. 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu fouled Defoe after just two minutes on Wednesday, and ultimately that challenge forced the forward off in the 17th minute.
On Saturday, after the Man City game, Bournemouth confirmed that Defoe will be out of action for up to two months. The Cherries have announced the following:
AFC Bournemouth can confirm that striker Jermain Defoe suffered a fracture of his right ankle in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea.
The 35-year-old sustained the injury in a tackle in the opening minutes of the tie at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently assessed by the club’s medical staff before being sent to see a specialist on Friday.
Defoe is expected to be sidelined for around eight to ten weeks.
Bournemouth has series injury problems heading into 2018.
Aside from Defoe and Daniels, Adam Federici, Brad Smith and Tyrone Mings are all old with injuries.
Moreover a trio of players – Josh King, Junior Stanislas and Harry Arter – are carrying knocks which may force them to miss further matches over the festive period.