Friday, 6 December 2019

Pressure is on Eddie Howe and AFCB's players

The league table is not lying now. AFCB have a real relegation fight on and the visit of Liverpool is going to hold fears if the Cherries can't get themselves into a more organised force for the game. Liverpool have gone unbeaten so far this season, and Eddie Howe needs to challenge his players to go and end that record to win back some belief in their own season.
AFCB need to find some pride and fight for one of their biggest tests of the season.
Eddie has stuck by his players while the criticism mounts. The players might be attempting to do the right things but they have been making curious defensive mistakes in games where they really have their best chance in picking up points. Now they face the league leaders who spanked Everton for five goals midweek, and they don't look like they have any concerns about visiting teams who are struggling to pick up points.
You wonder where the biggest threats are going to come for Bournemouth and it's all over the pitch. Jurgen Klopp will get his attackers to interchange and stretch AFCB and Bournemouth will need to be ready to deal with the pace of Liverpool as well as the aerial threat of Vigil van Dijk at corners and free kicks.

Bournemouth will have to make a change to their line up as well. Harry Wilson won't be available as a loan player from Liverpool, so Danjuma and Fraser are likely to start on the wings. It is probably why Fraser was a sub in midweek. A bigger question will be what Eddie does at the back of the team. He took criticism for playing Simon Francis in the second half at Crystal Palace, and he'll have to work if Chris Mepham did well enough to keep his starting place, while Adam Smith is an injury worry.

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