AFC Bournemouth 2018/19

AFC Bournemouth, nicknamed The Cherries, are a Premier League football club on the South Coast of England formed in 1899. They were originally called Boscombe FC, and have been playing their matches at Dean Court, now called the Vitality Stadium, for the entirety of their history.

Bournemouth’s story is one of the most remarkable of recent times, given they were struggling in the lower leagues when current boss Eddie Howe took over in 2008 and they only took to the name ‘AFC Bournemouth’ in 1972. Over two spells, the 40-year-old has guided them up the Football League ladder and, in 2015, they were promoted to the big league. Three years on, they are still going strong, now looking to push on for a top half finish or even a European place. Bournemouth have never won a major trophy, but did win the Championship title when they made it to the Premier League; their other two promotions, from League Two in 2010 and League One in 2013, came courtesy of finishing as runners up.

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Notable former players and managers include Harry Redknapp, who played for the club between 1972 and 1976, before returning to manage them in 1983 and remaining in charge until 1993. He would then go on to guide West Ham to a fifth placed Premier League finish, Portsmouth to the FA Cup and Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League.

Dean Court holds fewer than 12,000 people, meaning it had to be redeveloped before they could take on Aston Villa in their first ever Premier League game. Bournemouth broke their transfer record last summer to bring in Nathan Ake from Chelsea in a £20million deal. Brett Pitman is their all time top goalscorer with 161 goals.

Bournemouth squad 2018/19

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Artur Boruc

Defenders: Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels, Brad Smith, Adam Smith, Tyrone Mings, Jack Simpson, Diego

Midfielders: Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Harry Arter, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas, Emerson Hyndman, David Brooks, Ryan Fraser, Kyle Taylor, Marc Pugh, Jordon Ibe

Forwards: Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Jermain Defoe, Lys Mousset

Bournemouth predictions season 2018/19

It will be another tough season for Bournemouth because they haven’t made too many signings to improve on their squad from last season. Howe was able to secure a 12th place finish, a great achievement considering the Cherries endured a nightmare start to the campaign. Relegation was never a huge concern, as they finished 17 points clear of 18th placed Swansea City. They paid out a lot of money on the likes of Ake, Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic last summer, and some fans may be concerned that they have not done the same this year, especially with newly promoted sides like Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham spending big on their squads as they look to consolidate in the league this year, like Bournemouth have been able to do.

Howe’s coaching ability could prove the difference for Bournemouth this season, and they will hope that is the case. The 40-year-old sticks to his principles admirably and has reaped the rewards of that so far in the top flight. But if last term showed anything it is that teams simply cannot rest on their laurels; Swansea, Stoke and West Brom all appeared to be solid Premier League outfits, but now they are battling to regain that status. Bournemouth have quality and they should look up rather than down, but they cannot afford to get complacent.

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Bournemouth to get relegated @ 9/2 with Coral

Top ten finish @ 2/1

Top South Coast team @ 17/10

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