Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Capital One Cup could be special for the Cherries

Today, the tickets for the West Brom home tie in the Capital One Cup fourth round go on general sale. I am hoping that there are lots of fans who want to try and see AFCB progress in this cup competition and make some history. The draw for the fourth round of the Capital One Cup did not make me think it was a fabulous draw for the Cherries, but a descent draw which they have no need to be afraid of. The importance of playing at home is obviously just what Eddie Howe will have wanted even if the current Dean Court form is not as good as might be. However, if the Baggies think they are already through to the quarter finals they do so at their peril as AFCB are unlikely to take this game lightly. 
Can AFCB stretch the Baggies and get into the fifth round of the Capital One Cup?

There is now enough room between fixtures that AFCB can play pretty much their first team against WBA. It may seem unfair on some of the players that have played in the competition so far for the Cherries who might not even get on the bench for this match, but fans should want to see the team that has the best chance of progressing their out on the pitch. AFCB are going to be within touching distance of a massive prize if they make the last eight, and to manage that in a national cup competition would be a real statement that the team is now starting to close in on those in the top league. It may not matter to many whether AFCB go any further if they can beat WBA, but to beat a team like the Baggies at this stage of the competition is a challenge that really should mean something to the players.

While AFCB came close to winning through in the FA Cup two season's ago against Wigan, it would seem that a win against WBA would open many peoples' eyes to what is happening down on the south coast. It's not just the Saints that are playing good football and it would be great to register a big result against a Premier League team as such a result would be a massive confidence boost for the club's Championship campaign.     

1 comment:

  1. Albion likely to make 11 changes for this game but will still put out a side full of internationals. Should be a good game.