Wednesday, 5 September 2018

First goals hard to come by for AFCB

Bournemouth have only scored first in one of their four Premier League games this season. It is something that will bother Eddie Howe and the players and something they will look to put right against Leicester City when they are at home.
Only Ryan Fraser has scored a first goal for AFCB in the Premier League
this season, while Lys Mousset has got an opening goal in the carabao Cup win against Milton Keynes.
Getting a good start in games is paramount for confidence and optimism. Bournemouth have given themselves a harder task too many times in not taking early chances and at home they will want to be unsettling teams with good early attacks. We have not seen the fast wing play that used to accompany the team in the first 20 minutes, and that might because its new partnerships that are starting to gel on the wings that are not as settled as when we had Pugh and Daniels and Adam Smith and Simon Francis getting going in the early moments of matches.

The international break should give Howe a chance to do some work with Diego Rico on getting forward, but he won't have Ryan Fraser who has been called up for Scotland or David Brooks, who has made the Welsh squad for games against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. So how much work Howe can do on getting the players ready for Leicester will be limited by the players he has at his disposal. We should get some news on how close Junior Stanislas is getting to returning to full training though and if he can get himself ready for action in October, he is another player that will force himself into contention for starts and could be another factor that could help Bournemouth start games better.

It is also important that AFCB shake off the defeat against Chelsea in good time for their next match. They need to attack the Leicester game with a huge need to get the points and that first 20 minutes will be such an important facet of the game for AFCB who have yet to find that cutting-edge in the early moments since the match with Cardiff City.

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