Saturday, 24 September 2016

AFCB can upset the odds and beat Everton

There is much to be upset about at the moment if you are an AFCB fan. If it is not the ticket distribution that annoys, it is the recent results and the lack of goals from the Cherries. Yet, a home win against Everton would perhaps give a very different perspective of the team and how quickly it can turnaround form.
Moving Josh King on the left would allow Jack Wilshere to
maximise his presence in behind Callum Wilson.
You are only ever as good as the last game and whether you take that to be the side that played against Preston or the side that was smashed by Man City, all AFCB fans are aware that there can only really be improvement ahead. To suffer a huge home defeat is simply not an option. AFCB's players owe the fans something now and that will be a big incentive for them to beat the odds and restore some pride in their performance. 

Having lost to Everton away last season and in the FA Cup at home only seven months ago, there may seem an inevitability about what fans can expect against the blue side of Everton. But the best results are always those that are not expected and it would be massive for the players if they could get the job done this weekend. After the week that they have had I expect them to raise their game. 

It starts with the manager though and what he asks of his players this weekend. He must get a better balance between defence and attack and impress upon his players that it is time to deliver. If the second season in this league is more difficult, then the home form is something that the side has to hold on to. WBA and Man Utd did not find it an easy place to come to and AFCB must aim to be more compact and to give nothing away this weekend. Even a 0-0 draw would be welcome at the moment. 

The team I suggest Howe picks accommodates Jack Wilshere as the Cherries have to aim to be more dominant at home. Pushing Josh King out wide is not my favourite place for me to see him play but there has to be more incentive in getting the team to work as a whole and for me that means starting Callum Wilson with Wilshere just behind him on a level with King and Jordan Ibe.

4-2-3-1 Boruc (GK), A Smith (RD), Francis (CD), S Cook (CD), Daniels (LD), Ibe (RM), Arter (CM), Surman (CM), King (LM), Wilshere (FW), C Wilson (FW)

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