AFC Bournemouth 2017/18

Clubs up and down the Football League will look at Bournemouth and think “we can do that’.

The Cherries are in a better financial situation than most Football League clubs thanks to the backing of Russian owner, Maxim Demin. But the way that the club is run should be the model for most clubs who dream of cracking the Premier League.

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In Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have one of the most exciting young managers in the country and Howe himself has an excellent coaching staff behind him.

On the pitch, Bournemouth play an attractive style of football and tackle the game very differently to the likes of West Brom or Stoke who put defensive solidity ahead of everything else to guarantee their survival in the top flight.

That has caught Bournemouth out at times but they are very much a Premier League side and with a new stadium being planned, they could be set to stay for a long time.

The Cherries did wonderfully well last season to finish in ninth position but they could finish even higher this time around. The signings of Nathan Ake and Jermain Defoe add quality and top level experience and while getting to 40 points will be the first task, Bournemouth should be well clear of the relegation mix.

Squad List

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Artur Boruc
  • Adam Federici
  • Simon Francis
  • Steve Cook
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Rhoys Wiggins
  • Brad Smith
  • Adam Smith
  • Tyrone Mings
  • Baily Cargill
  • Nathan Ake
  • Dan Gosling
  • Andrew Surman
  • Harry Arter
  • Max Gradel
  • Lewis Cook
  • Junior Stanislas
  • Emerson Hyndman
  • Ryan Fraser
  • Matthew Worthington
  • Connor Mahoney
  • Marc Pugh
  • Jordan Ibe
  • Benik Afobe
  • Callum Wilson
  • Joshua King
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Lys Mousset
  • Lewis Grabban

Season Predictions

Last season was a pretty remarkable one in the Premier League. Just six points separated the teams from eighth to 17th and Bournemouth were right at the top end of that spectrum with 46 points.

There is little doubt that the money that continues to pour into the Premier League will result in a higher quality level of competition this time around but Bournemouth have enough about them to remain among the ‘best of the rest’.

Jermain Defoe is sure to make a big difference at Bournemouth but at the age of 34, his best long term role at the club could be to teach Callum Wilson everything he knows about being a striker.

Wilson is packed full of potential and this season could be huge for him so back him to be Bournemouth’s top goalscorer at 7/1 with Bet365.

Best Bets for the Season

Bournemouth to finish with over 43 points at 6/5 with Bet365

Bournemouth to finish above West Brom at evens with Betfair

Callum Wilson to be Bournemouth’s top goalscorer at 7/1 with Bet365