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Had you told any Bournemouth fan ten years ago that their club would go on to become a regular fixture in the Premier League, they would have laughed in your face. Inches away from administration on the back of a 17-point deduction in League Two, the Cherries went on what’s been a dream journey.

As they head into their fifth consecutive campaign in the top-flight, Bournemouth have one man to thank for the incredible transformation. Eddie Howe took the helm at a delicate time and led his team to the Premier League, where the Cherries intend to stay in the long run. They have every reason to hop for another positive season, following their 14th-place finish in 2018/19. In fact, they are given 3.50 betting odds to go one step further and finish the new season within the top 10.

Bournemouth Key Players

The most expensive player in the squad – the Netherlands centre-back Nathan Ake – will be the one to watch as well, following a fairly successful season at Bournemouth, during which he managed to establish his name as a highly reliable and versatile defender.

The 2019/20 campaign could be a big one for Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke, two former Liverpool players who have yet to hit the ground running at Dean Court. Moreover, all eyes will be on Diego Rico, who endured a disappointing spell last year. However, another Liverpool player – playing on loan at Dean Court – right-winger Harry Wilson is arguably the most exciting player Eddie Howe has at his disposal. The pacey winger is known as a free-kick specialist and a long-range shooter who adds plenty of excitement into the Bournemouth squad.

Bournemouth Rivalry

The Cherries do not exactly have a pronounced rival among any clubs in the top flight of English football. However, with only 30 miles separating Bournemouth and Southampton on the south coast, it is only natural to see these two geographically close clubs as main rivals.

The supporters are split, however. Some see it as a derby, while other people – and Eddie Howe is among them – believes that Cherries will need to further establish them as Premier League mainstay before earning the right to be considered Southampton’s rivals in a true sense of the word. The gap is closing, however, and it looks like it won’t be too long before matches between these two teams evolve in something much bigger than a regular football show.

Bournemouth History

The exact date of the club’s foundation remains a mystery. History books do mention, however, the Cherries first emerged around 1899 as an offspring of Boscombe St. John’s Institute F.C. In fact, the club was primarily known as Boscombe F.C. during its formative years and it wasn’t until 1923 that the first mention of the name of Bournemouth A.F.C. emerged.

Bournemouth have spent most of their history fighting their way through the lower echelons of the English football. The turbulent times, as mentioned before, nearly resulted in administration in the 2008/09. Having failed to follow the Football League insolvency rules, Bournemouth fought their way in the League Two with a 17-point penalty.

Having been introduced as the youngest manager in the Football League, then the 31-year-old Eddie Howe propelled the club forward, through proper renaissance which lasts to this date. Throughout their history, the Cherries won the total of three trophies – the Football League Trophy in 1922/23, the Football League One in 1986/87 and the Football League Championship during the 2014/15 campaign, when they joined the elite rank.

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