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.
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 Jefferson Lerma in a £25million deal. Brett Pitman is their all time top goalscorer with 161 goals.
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Artur Boruc, Jordan Holmes
Defenders: Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels, Brad Smith, Adam Smith, Jack Stacey, Diego Rico, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly
Midfielders: Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Harry Arter, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas, Emerson Hyndman, David Brooks, Ryan Fraser, Kyle Taylor, Marc Pugh, Jordon Ibe, Philip Billing
Forwards: Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Dominic Solanke
Like every summer since promotion to the Premier League, Bournemouth have gone about their business quietly and efficiently. Eddie Howe is fantastic and his work speaks for itself; he has improved the Cherries steadily every year, quietly developing then into a Premier League mainstay. Relegation never seems likely at the Vitality Stadium, and Howe’s progressive, possession-based style of play has kept fans entertained throughout. While many clubs outside the top six struggle to find an identity after a while, Bournemouth keep plugging away, improving themselves little by little. Adding the likes of Philip Billing, Jack Stacey and Lloyd Kelly has only pushed them on more this season, and having kept top scorer Callum Wilson amid interest from other clubs, as well as Josh King up front, they can afford to look up rather than down this season.
Bournemouth to get relegated @ 4/1 with Coral
Top ten finish @ 11/4
Top South Coast team @ 3/1