Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Will it be Boxing Day joy or punishment for AFCB?

Tottenham Hotspur are in formidable form and it is going to take a great effort by AFCB's players to stop Pochettino's team who are wiping the floor with Premier League opposition. Spurs have scored 37 goals and have conceded just 18, while only suffering four defeats.
Steve Cook and Nathan AkΓ© will be AFCB's first line of defence.
If there is some good news for Bournemouth it is that Dele Alli had to be subbed half way through Spurs' last game against Everton. However, they have numerous superstars who are lighting up the league, such as Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. They had eight shots on target against Everton and scored from six of them - that is the kind of accuracy AFCB will need to compete in this game. With four wins in their last five games, Spurs' title challenge remains on track, but one stumble could be very costly with the form that Liverpool are in.

It falls to Bournemouth to try and get something out of their next visit to Wembley and I think it would be healthy for AFCB to view this game like a one-off cup semi-final which they never seem to get to. They have the big occasion day of Boxing Day, the fantastic venue of Wembley and a top six team. It is a game where AFCB are far from favourites but with a good performance they could be the party poopers and crush Pochettino's Christmas celebrations after their brilliant performances against Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks.
Bournemouth have to be organised and well-drilled in defence like they were against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. Jack Simpson was great in that game, but it is likely to be Steve Cook and Nathan AkΓ© that make the central-defence pairing, while Francis and Daniels take their customary full-back positions. All four know their roles, but a second clean sheet in a row would be tremendous progress for AFCB and they always have a chance of a counter attacking goal.

Fall a goal behind early though and we can expect a long afternoon at Wembley! Still, we will support our team no matter what happens, enjoy the game.

AFCB Subs: Boruc, Rico, Mings, Ibe, Pugh, Defoe, Mings
Cherry Chimes replies to Harry Hotspurs' questions on AFCB
Daily Mail Fans Verdict - Half-time report


  1. We were murdered and in a way it could be the beginning of the end.Will the manager realise he can take the team no further and seek pastures anew if the opportun ity looks like we are cannon fodder for the top six and we are leaking goals like a sieve...lleerma booked again and will have a suspension very soon for a number ofgames....the loyalty the manager has for some players is now a weakness and the back four needs serious surgery otherwise we can quickly fall into a relagation MIngs and Simpson have to be given a run in the side..and not just in the FA Cup..Frances looks seriously we must look to bring in defensive it coincidence that Wilson has stopped scoring since transfer speculation..maybe time to give Mousset his chnace now

  2. Not a good result, but the team looked dangerous at various points in the game. Would have been interesting if Daniels buries his chance and Wilson gets the deserved penalty to start the second. In the end they will be forced to play five at the back vs United and probably for the forseeable future. I think Simpson should play ahead of Mings and Rico ahead of Daniels.

    Hopefully Smith returns ahead of schedule. I would be interested to see the team record in the Premiere League with and without Adam Smith. By
    my thinking it is much more positive when he is available and plays.