Saturday, 24 November 2018

Bournemouth's start will disappear if they can't get points off the big teams

The Premier League table will close up pretty fast for the Cherries if they don't start to build on their points total with some results against the big teams. It doesn't get easy for Eddie Howe having to plan a way to beat two of the top six in consecutive games, but that is the level that AFCB are now at. Beating Arsenal is no longer such a massive hurdle but a game that the Cherries can go into with some belief after their start to the season.
The start of the season is over, can AFCB build on their good start?
We have seen some great performances by some of the players that have been away on international duty like David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth's players are now starting to look more at home in matches against top quality sides, and for them to keep improving they now need to show they can take their A game to the best in the league and beat them.

While individuals are doing well, AFCB have been kept in check with their last two results. This is now a much bigger game for the players to get back on track. It would reassert the belief that they can get a result against any team. The cushion that AFCB had over the other clubs in the top 10 has been diminished. If they can keep pace with Arsenal, Spurs and the like it would be unexpected, but I believe it is possible.


The gap between the best teams and AFCB is financial, historical and in the fanbases. But on the field the gap is only as big as the players want it to be in the heads. They have to play the game against Arsenal like they are playing a cup final. These are games that should be easy to get excited about, and they can only truly be enjoyed if the Cherries can get a win and add to the good start that they have made.

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