Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted that his team are “desperate” to finally get a Premier League win at St Mary’s.

Since the sides were brought together in the top flight in 2015 there have been two draws and two Saints wins at St Mary’s.

The Cherries have generally struggled to produce their best form against Saints and while home fans are eyeing the derby match with Pompey on Tuesday night, Bournemouth supporters view tonight’s fixture as their big one.

Howe is only too aware of that and wants his players fully focused on delivering the required result against their south-coast neighbours.

He said: "From our perspective we had a great start to the season last year and we want to build that momentum. We need to back the Everton win up against Southampton.

"The more games we have (against Southampton), the more rivalries will increase.

"We have had some really good battles in the Premier League against Southampton, some successes, some disappointments, but that all adds to make the game what it is.

"We haven't won a game yet at Southampton in the Premier League and we are desperate to do that as soon as we can."

Howe added: "If we can build that (rivalry) in a positive way, then I am certainly for it.

"We are aware this game holds extra importance for our supporters, and everybody locally, so that has its own responsibility.

"But I think to say you are more motivated for one game than any another is wrong because for me you need to be at your best levels every week, that is certainly my mindset."