With the Swans four points adrift of a play-off spot, Martinez’s side will need to be looking at getting a maximum 12 points from the remaining 4 games and anything less than a another victory tomorrow will almost surely end our hopes of a play-off place.
Roberto Martinez remains confident and still believes it’ll go down to the final game at home to fellow play-off hopefuls Blackpool as to who extends their season.
Roberto Martinez: ‘Experience could be the key. People can tell you what to do or how to do it, but the best way to learn is by actually doing it.
‘A lot of the players in the squad have got this sort of situation in their system and we’ve got to take the best out of our previous experience to push us over the finishing line.
‘We know it’s important to narrow the picture down and our first small target is at Bournemouth.
‘We can’t keep looking at what the other teams around us are doing. The most important thing we’ve got to do is maintain our own level of performance and that way we will accumulate enough points to get into the play-offs.
‘I thought the tempo we played at for the first 20 minutes against Port Vale was superb and too high for Port Vale to handle. And it helps when you take your chances.
‘We’ve got to maintain that tempo at Bournemouth because they probably feel they still need a point to be safe and they’ll want to finish their season on a high. They’ll be up for the game and it will be dangerous if we are not ready and up for it ourselves.
‘We’ve still got a very good chance of reaching the play-offs and we’ve got to give it everything to get there and extend our season beyond May 5.”
Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond: ‘Potentially, I think it will be the hardest game we’ve had at Dean Court since I’ve been here.
‘Swansea have had some fantastic results recently and I think their squad is definitely as good as any other in this league. They’ve got some terrific players and are a good outfit.
‘But we have also been performing well of late and our displays at home have been particularly pleasing, so we could be in for an exciting game.’
Bournemouth Team News:
Kevin Bond is waiting on the fitness of goalkeeper Neil Moss who is currently struggling with an ankle injury.
He’ll also be without Josh Walker who returns to Middlesborough after a loan spell.
Steve Fletcher is expected to make a return after being rested for the Carlisle game but Callum Hart is out with a knee injury.
Player to watch: Josh Gowling
from Vital Bournemouth: ‘I have chosen Josh Gowling this week, following his recent awesome displays at the back with the equally awesome Younger. Josh was out for a long time with a cruciate injury and initially was very tentative upon his return. This calendar year has seen him really go from strength to strength as his form and fitness have returned and now the boy just seems to be getting better every game.
This season Josh has featured in 31 games, scoring once and being booked twice. Keep up the hard work Josh.’
Swansea Team News:
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez will be boosted with the return of Izzy Iriekpen (ankle), Alan Tate (suspension) while Andy Robinson faces a late fitness test on a hamstring problem.
After a slight hamstring strain, Tom Butler will also be hoping for a return to the first team after coming on as sub against Port Vale on Monday.
Loan striker Darryl Duffy should keep his place up front after getting his first goals for the Swans this week.
Player to watch: Darryl Duffy
After an impressive display on Monday, I’d expect Duffy to continue scoring for us and he sounds very keen to keep up his consistent goal scoring record.
Trundle also played well in the game and scored and their strike partnership should keep the Bournemouth defence busy tomorrow.
Match Facts & Stats
AFC Bournemouth currently lie in 18th place, 6 points ahead of Chesterfield in the relegation zone.
In the last 5 games, they’ve won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1, beating Tranmere (2-0) and Millwall (1-0) at home.
They also thrashed Leyton Orient at home 5-0 in February and despite of their low League position, it won’t be an easy game.
Swansea’s last away win was a month ago when we beat Tranmere 2-0. Since then we’ve won all 3 games at home, lost one and drawn one away. We’ve also kept a cleansheet in the last 3 games.
I think the Swans will be in confident mood after a good run of form. They’ll be out for the win and I think we’ll get another good victory.
I predict a 2-0 Swans win, although I think the home side may get a late goal.
Who our other play-off rivals are playing:
Forest: vs Brentford (24th)
Blackpool vs Northampton (13th)
Yeovil: vs Bristol City (2nd)
Oldham: vs Cheltenham (20th)
Carlisle: vs Rotherham (23rd)