AFC Bournemouth predictions with latest odds and stats
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Bournemouth's meteoric rise to the peak of English football hit a bit of a snag it seems.
They went from a League Two team to a top-half Premier League squad of heavy-hitters in a matter of years, though they’ve been on a consistent downward trend since 2016/17. It all culminated last season with their relegation from the Premier League. Their successes are definitely praiseworthy, but it seems they needed time to walk before they run.
In addition to the admiration of fans across Britain and the World, The Cherries also earned a dominating position in EFL Championship betting. Priced at around 5.00 to win the competition, online bookmakers have named Bournemouth the favourites for the 2020/21 season.
Moreover, a promotion is priced at around 2.10. Though this seems like an excellent deal for a Premier League-level team, the sweeping changes to their lineup make this wager a bit tougher than it might seem at first glance.
Bournemouth Key Players
The only thing that threatens The Cherries’ strong position is the fact that some of their best players left over the summer.
Centre-back Nathan Aké left for Manchester City for a mind-boggling €45.30 million in one of the largest deals of the season. Similarly, striker Callum Wilson went to Newcastle, the team’s star goalie Aaron Ramsdale to Sheffield, and even Harry Arter will now be with Nottingham Forest.
The replacements? Mostly drafted from Bournemouth's U21 squad, with some free loans. Coach Jason Tindall essentially gutted the lineup, and fans are hoping he didn’t go overboard. To be fair, though, the club made almost €100 million from all the departures.
The question remains – who is there to push the club back into the top flight? Winger David Brooks is definitely one to keep an eye on. On the other side of the pitch, Jefferson Lerma will be taking the reigns of the backline as a defensive midfielder. Overall, the Bournemouth squad still packs quite a punch for Championship standards – it’s just not as strong as it used to be.
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.
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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