To get the lowdown on Albion’s opponents Bournemouth I spoke to Neil Leverett, who is the Cherries writer at

Just what has gone wrong for Bournemouth this season?

It is hard to put a finger on what has gone wrong at the Vitality this season, but as the three newly-promoted sides that have come up all had built in the Championship for their time in the top flight, the Cherries lack of depth has really come back to bite Eddie Howe's men.

Injuries to key players has been a huge factor, of course.

The loss of Charlie Daniels at left-back cannot be underestimated, whilst Josh King's partnership with Callum Wilson has faltered with the Norwegian international's absence during the season, whilst David Brooks has left a huge void to fill in a creative department.

Bringing in Philip Billing from Huddersfield was a shrewd move, but in hindsight tag-team with Jefferson Lerma has led to a lack to creativity in the wide areas - aside from Brooks' absence - and Ryan Fraser has simply not been able to influence games as much.

Bournemouth's defence is probably not resilient enough with both Simon Francis and Nathan Ake not present, but time has perhaps caught up with the Cherries as it does with most teams that hold a top flight status for five-plus years.

Is this a must win game for Bournemouth?

Simply put, yes. Bournemouth have 15 league games to save their top flight status and with Brighton and Villa at home in successive league outings, the hosts need a win desperately to arrest a run of four losses in a row.

Defeat on Saturday could see Bournemouth a full six points from safety and with games against every team in the top to play before the term is out, the possibility for points are beginning to appear on fewer occasions.

To do that however, Bournemouth must score a league goal, something they haven't achieved since Boxing Day.

Is Eddie Howe's job under pressure?

The Argus:

It's hard to say.The Bournemouth era has been shaped and moulded by the Cherries boss, and in truth it would be hard to see any other face in the dugout on the South coast.

That said, all good things must come to an end and with Howe starting to look like he can't get much more from his charges, perhaps change would not the worst thing.

The question the board need to ask themselves is, would the club be better served with Howe in the Championship to get them straight back up, or would a new manager bring some much-needed ideas.

Howe of course may elect to remain in the Premier League should be either leave or be pushed.

In regard to the issue of his job being under threat, the obvious answer must be 'yes'.

What will the score be?

Bournemouth 1-2 Brighton