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Jermain Defoe starts for Bournemouth, Sofiane Boufal and Dusan Tadic return for Saints

Defoe starts for Bournemouth, Boufal and Tadic return for Saints

03/12/2017 at 11:36Updated 03/12/2017 at 12:55

Jermain Defoe is handed a start by Eddie Howe at home to Southampton, with the away side recalling Sofiane Boufal and Dusan Tadic.

Defoe has struggled for form and game time since moving to the Cherries from Southampton on a free transfer over the summer.

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He has scored just once with Callum Wilson (4) and Joshua King (3) leading Bournemouth's scoring charts.

Southampton return to a back four after playing with a back five in mid-week against Manchester City with Maya Yoshida dropping out.

Cedric Soares, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Mario Lemina, Nathan Redmond and Shane Long also miss out as Jeremy Pied, Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Charlie Austin, Tadic and Boufal all come in.

A win for the Saints will see them move up to tenth, ahead of Everton and Brighton.

If Bournemouth win they will overtake today's opponents and move up to 11th.

Bournemouth - Begovic, Adam Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Stanislas, Lewis Cook, Surman, Fraser, King, Defoe

Southampton - Forster, Pied, van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Austin

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