Saturday, 18 January 2020

Bournemouth simply have to end their terrible run of defeats at Norwich

The Cherries are on their knees with the number of games without a win stretching to five and little sign of the spirit or energy that we saw earn three points away at Stamford Bridge in December. The prospect of facing the bottom team in the league away from home should be something to feel confident about, but Bournemouth go into the game looking in more danger of handing Norwich three points on a plate with their current inability to keep clean sheets.
It really is time for Bournemouth to play their best football - today has to be the day.
This really is last gasp saloon in my book for AFCB if they want to retain Premier League status. The task is likely to be too hard, if they give Norwich City three points in this game, and fall further behind the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham Utd, Burnley and Brighton. I don't know what anyone can say to the players to get them better ready to hit form for this game. The 1302 away fans today will back them no matter what, but the players really owe something to the away fans that have been at their games this season, as it's been a poor return of points. Surprisingly though, the away fans have see three wins, compared to just two at Dean Court.
With 35 goals conceded, AFCB are now rapidly catching up with Aston Villa and Norwich City for goals against. Everywhere you look, there is reason to believe AFCB will suffer another defeat on Saturday to Norwich City. I do fear for the club if that happens and the mood becomes more unsavoury. 

But let's have a look at some positives. Aaron Ramsdale could well be back in goal. Simon Francis might well be benched and Diego Rico brought back in to the starting 11, but we were told yesterday that Josh King would not return. If Danjuma or Stanislas are also back then their may be some attacking options on the bench as well, but Dobre will probably get the place. Eddie Howe has had a week to work with the players who are fit and he'll have been trying to get the message across I hope that it is, now or never. It might just be worth giving Sam Surridge a start over Dominic Solanke as Surridge should be confident and excited about making a start. It could also be time for Lewis Cook in central midfield, while Lloyd Kelly has been training this week and could be in the squad.

In other news, the Bournemouth Echo reports that L'Equipe links AFCB and Watford with Reims full back Hassane Kamara.

My Football Writer has an article on the Norwich v AFCB game that Cherry Chimes contributed to: Bournemouth preview

Previous post on Cherry Chimes: Rival Lines: "Danile Farke can do no wrong," says City of yellows.

Possible AFCB line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Francis, Gosling,  Surman, Billing, Dobre, Solanke

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1 comment:

  1. Nice piece, but is this the line up you expect or want from Eddie.

    I would love to see (based on whose fit)
    - - - - - Ramsdale-------
    Smith Cook Ake Rico
    ------L Cook Billings-----
    -----C Wilson Surridge----

    If we all agree to drop SF, why not also choose another captain. Would love to read an article by you stating why L Cook should be made captain. He did after all captain England to a World Cup.

    Keep them crossed today