Thursday, 28 March 2013

Can the Cherries keep the winning run going at Colchester?

AFCB have a tough fixture at Colchester United on Good Friday that they need to win if they are to keep their promotion push on course. Their recent record against the U's has not been great having won only once against them since 2011, with two draws and two defeats.

The Cherries have not won at Colchester's ground in recent fixtures but they did win at home when the teams last met in December by one goal to nil. It's up to the Cherries to go and improve that record with another win and hopefully up their goal count at the same time.

Colchester's game against MK Dons was postponed on 23 March due to safety reasons with the bad weather, so they will be well rested for AFCB's visit. Colchester currently sit 19th in the league and are not safe from relegation yet so it is a very important fixture for them as well as Bournemouth. In their last game the U's came from behind to beat Bury 2:1 away with Michael Smith and Clinton Morrison on the score sheet. They managed that victory with George Porter having been sent off for them in the third minute as well. By the way, Porter is now suspended for Bounemouth's visit.

It's former West Ham player, Freddie Sears who leads the goal scoring chart for Colchester on 8 this year, but Jabo Ibhere is just behind on 7. Sears has been carrying a knee injury though and he is likely to be a doubt for Bournemouth's visit.

It is most likely that the experienced Clinton Morrison will be in the starting line up to face the Cherries. He is a Republic of Ireland international player and is also well known for his playing days at Sheffield Wednesday. The U's also have good pace Jack Compton, while Gavin Macey is a regular winger for the U's so there is lots for the Cherries to guard against when they play on Friday.

Joe Dunne was only appointed Colchester manager in September 2012 after the sacking of John Ward.

The Cherries will be taking a very strong squad to Colchester with only long-term absentees Miles Addison, Stephane Zubar and Stephen Purches unavailable for selection. The Cherries bench is going to be hard enough to get onto let alone the starting eleven.

Colchester's Home form


AFCB's Away form

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