Albion can secure - or all but secure - safety if they win at Southampton.

They remain five points ahead of the relegation zone going into another big day in the Premier League.

Bournemouth stay on 31 points in 18th place but they were close to getting what would have been a deserved reward at Manchester City this evening.

The Cherries went down 2-1 and had chances to take at least a point.

Their result opens the door for Albion to secure a fourth Premier League season - or, at worst, be six points and several goals clear with two games to play - IF they can succeed where City failed recently and win at Southampton (8.15pm).

Aston Villa are six points and 11 goals behind Albion and go to Everton tomorrow (6pm).

Bournemouth appeared to take some confidence from their 4-1 success over Leicester on Sunday.

That was despite conceding to a brilliant early free-kick by David Silva, who came into the City XI as one of six changes to that which kicked off the 5-0 win at the Amex.

Those alterations saw Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez all left on the bench.

Ederson then produced a brilliant save to tip Junior Stanislas’s free-kick on to the post – and was fortunate when the rebound hit him and bounced wide.

Nicolas Otamendi dived in to pull off a goal-saving block from Dominic Solanke in a scramble.

But Gabriel Jesus weaved his way inside two defenders to guide home a brilliant second goal just before the break.

Bournemouth were very close to reducing the arrears when a tight VAR offside verdict disallowed Josh King’s tap-in.

They got the goal they deserved late on through former City youngster David Brooks.

Callum Wilson then went close and City were hanging on in the final stages.