April 26 (Reuters) - Southampton and Bournemouth meet for the 27th time in all competitions on Saturday. We look at some notable clashes between the sides.
Bournemouth 1 Southampton 3 (Premier League, Dec. 2016)
Forward Jay Rodriguez ended a near four-month Premier League goal drought with a double strike to help Southampton secure a 3-1 victory in the south coast derby at Bournemouth.
Chelsea’s on-loan defender Nathan Ake headed the home side in front in the sixth minute from midfielder Jack Wilshere’s excellent cross before fullback Ryan Bertrand equalised eight minutes later with a low shot from the left.
Midfielder Steven Davis came on after the break to set up Rodriguez who tapped in from inside the penalty area. Rodriguez then secured the victory five minutes from the end with a fine volley on the turn from distance.
Both teams ended the season on 46 points, with Southampton sealing eighth place above Bournemouth on goal difference.
Southampton 2 Bournemouth 0 (Premier League, Nov. 2015)
The eagerly anticipated first meeting between the clubs in the top division went Southampton’s way thanks to first-half goals by midfielder Steven Davis and striker Graziano Pelle.
Davis put Southampton with a crisp right-footed volley from inside the box in the 31st minute. Pelle doubled the lead with a header five minutes later.
Bournemouth improved in the second half but could not find a way past Southampton’s defence even after the hosts’ midfielder Victor Wanyama was sent off 12 minutes from time.
Southampton ended the season in sixth while Bournemouth avoided the drop to finish 16th.
Bournemouth 2 Southampton 0 (Premier League, March 2016)
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth avenged their defeat earlier in the season securing a 2-0 win for their first league victory over their neighbours since 1958.
Bournemouth defender Steve Cook opened the scoring with a volley on 31 minutes when Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster failed to latch on to winger Matt Ritchie’s free kick.
Striker Benik Afobe then headed in the second goal to seal the victory for the hosts in the 79th minute.
Southampton 7 Bournemouth 0 (Third Division South, Oct. 1957)
The biggest win in all 26 meetings between the two sides came in a season when Southampton were top scorers in the whole of English football with 112 goals but still failed to win promotion.
Forward Brian Clifton struck on seven minutes with a rising shot before doubling Southampton’s lead three minutes into the second period.
Derek Reeves made it 3-0 before fellow forward Johnny Walker added his name to the scoresheet. Midfielder John Hoskins added a brace as Southampton went 6-0 up. Walker then got his second, turning in Reeves’ pass on 85 minutes to complete the rout.
Despite humiliating their rivals at The Dell, Southampton finished sixth, just three points ahead of Bournemouth who beat them 5-2 in the return game.
Southampton’s problem was in defence - conceding 72 goals in the 46 games. But two seasons later they finally went back to the Second Division after scoring 106 goals and letting in 75.
Southampton 2 Bournemouth 0 (League One, Oct. 2010)
Rickie Lambert scored twice as Nigel Adkins’ Southampton beat Bournemouth at St Mary’s in the sides’ first league meeting in 50 years.
Bournemouth’s Liam Feeney hit the post with a ferocious strike early on but they soon lost momentum when defender Rhoys Wiggins slipped and handled the ball inside the box.
Lambert smashed the resulting penalty past goalkeeper Shwan Jalal to break the deadlock and scored again from the spot after the interval when Marvin Bartley tripped Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
Southampton went on a remarkable run that season to secure automatic promotion to the second tier division, while Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth were beaten by Huddersfield Town in the playoff semi-final. (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Jon Boyle)