Mark Hughes' side take on Swansea on Tuesday in a crucial relegation six pointer and if Southampton gain a positive result on Saturday and the Swans lose their fixture, the Saints will head into the mid-week fixture out of the relegation zone and sitting above the Welsh club.
Carlos Carvalhal's men spurned chances and their failings in front of goal meant they remained very much in the mire.
Still Swansea created chances and nearly immediately Jordan Ayew fluffed a golden one to level when he shot horribly wide after muscling his way through in on goal.
The two lasted the entire duration of the game which Swansea needed to win to all but ensure their safety.
Obviously, even if Cardiff do go up, the Swans may not be in the same league.
The Cherries took the lead through their first shot on target, but the Swans could have equalised just moments later.
While Swansea's defence was well organised their attack also showed promising signs although both Ayew brothers and Sam Clucas could not complement their direct running and non-stop efforts with the required finesse in finishing. We didn't compete enough for the second ball.
The visitors were more focused defensively in the second half, though they continued to struggle to break down a Bournemouth backline which had not kept a clean sheet in their past 11 matches.
Adam Smith (knee) Harry Arter (Achilles) and Junior Stanislas (knee) are all unavailable for this match, however, Tyrone Mings has been declared fit from his long-term back injury. With 31 strikes in the league so far, the Egyptian's goals have helped the club in all competitions and been a real surprise in the world of football.
Defeat left Carvalhal's side 18th in the standings on 33 points from 36 games. This is the main point and the players know about that.
Swansea's away form has been of particular concern to them this season, their only two wins coming in August and December, respectively.
The sides shared a 0-0 draw when they met in August's reverse encounter, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them cancelling each other out once again.
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