Saturday, 10 November 2018

Four or three at the back against Newcastle for AFCB?

In the last two league matches Bournemouth have stuck with three at the back. With Newcastle next up, Howe will have to make a decision on whether the system should stay the same or can be tweaked to perhaps match up with Newcastle United who often play 4-4-2.
Will Ibe and Stanislas both be on the bench today with King back in the team?
The 3-5-2 formation has made Bournemouth very attacking and they did manage a clean sheet against Fulham with this set-up, but Newcastle will be keen to get crosses in with Ritchie and Kenedy getting down the sides. Howe could decide to switch Adam Smith to left back again or he could bring Daniels or Rico into the side. The left-back position seems a place in the team that Howe has been happy to tinker with. Man United's first goal certainly came down that side with Sanchez managing to get down the flank and pull back the ball for Martial.

The left side will be examined by Matt Ritchie in particular so it is for me just about the most important decision Howe will make this week in his match preparation. If they can stop Ritchie having a big impact then they stop the service to RondΓ³n and Muto.


Some of Howe's decision could be made for him if King is fit to play. It would be natural to use King and Wilson in a two up front which lends itself to the 4-4-2 formation. I also believe that gives Howe more options from the bench in the sense of having some attacking players available to come on.

Possible AFCB Line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mings, Rico, Gosling, Ibe, Stanislas, Defoe

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