Friday, 28 March 2014

New targets in sight for the Cherries

AFCB have over achieved in their first season back in the Championship and the team is now looking at new targets with safety clearly already secured. I felt that the team could go unbeaten in March perhaps with a bit of hope, but more because the team has become harder to beat at the back. It didn't quite happen but the points return has been incredible this month. The run may have come late in the day as far as the season is concerned, but there is still plenty of things to try and achieve.
There are still a few great away day trips to be had.
It is an outside chance but the play-offs are not quite set in stone yet for all contenders. There are eight games for Bournemouth to try and add another 24 points to their total. While it is hard for any team to achieve that many wins in a row in the Championship AFCB can endeavour to pick up as many points and see if they can get further into the top ten.

What could make things interesting is that teams above Bournemouth are finding the pressure catching up with them a bit now. Seven points is not such a big gap and Eddie Howe is canny at getting his players to believe that they can do anything. We've seen it before last season and we may just see it again now. The performance against Leeds was unlike anything I have seen this team do before and that kind of form is going to be hard for any opponent to live with.

More importantly AFCB still have the chance to take points off of teams that are above them and some of those are at home. QPR, Reading and Forest all have to come to the Goldsands and there is also Ipswich away. 

I would like to see a few more clean sheets although I am not sure what the record is for the club at this level. Perhaps those with a passion for stats will look it up. From what I can see in the 1988/89 season, when they finished 12th, the team won 18 games, 5 of which were away and recorded 9 clean sheets. I believe we have 14 wins this season and have already achieved 6 away wins. I'll let you work out how many clean sheets we have this season. The team certainly has a chance of catching the highest total of Championship wins for an AFCB team. If the team can do anything similar to how they ended last season then AFCB fans are in for a fun time. 

I already have my bag packed for the Birmingham trip, so if you are confident of a win make sure you put your money on AFCB at Free Bet Negotiator.

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