What a half we’ve had between Bournemouth and Southampton to kick-off Sunday’s Premier League action. Not a traditional derby by any means, these two south-coast sides are fast establishing an entertaining rivalry in the nation’s top flight.
It has been two names familiar to Chelsea fans that have stolen the show so far; Nathan Ake and Ryan Bertrand.
Ake is on loan from the Stamford Bridge side and it was his excellent diving header that gave the Cherries a 1-0 lead within five minutes. That will have done little to ease Southampton fans’ fear prior to kick-off about Puel’s team selection.
Bertrand, who left Chelsea in 2015 after a long spell at the club, replied with a stunning drive past Artur Boruc to make it 1-1. That’s where things stand at the break.
We’re expecting more goals in the second half with both sides looking likely to add to their tally in a toe-to-toe battle.
Fans, neutral or otherwise, have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on today’s cracker. Can one of these sides get ahead and claim a big victory?
— Sim11n (@simonferl) December 18, 2016
— Jose (@Jtemayi) December 18, 2016
Nathan Ake can't stop scoring! #BOUSOU
— Chief Liam (@LiamReal1995) December 18, 2016
Nathan Aké: Has now scored 3 goals from 4 shots on target in the Premier League this season #BOUSOU
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 18, 2016
— Lord Baileyadmin (@Balum205) December 18, 2016
— December 9th (@CallmeWhyss) December 18, 2016
— Mowl (@CaptainStroppy) December 18, 2016
This is a cracking game! What a goal Bertrand! #BOUSOU
— Marc Sudholz (@marc014) December 18, 2016
Two brilliant GOALS in Bournemouth vs Southampton. Ake a Chelsea loanee and Bertrand a former blue. #BOUSOU
— MH (@hussainyyyy) December 18, 2016