Premier League 2018/2019: Bournemouth – Preview, Squad, and Signings
Later in this 20 part series, we will dissect AFC Bournemouth, who took the league by storm a couple of seasons ago but that the last two years are not looking like they used to. Could this be the year when the fairytale ends badly?
The Cherries won the Championship in 2014/2015 season and the crazy story of the southern coastal city in the English top tier had just started. Eddie Howe, the local hero, has with both financial restraints and their smallness made the team play on a level that many did not expect when promoted but this year could be the end for the team’s success. The team has been on a slight decline since their promotion and were still able to end 12th in the league last season. Even if this is quite far from relegation, position wise, the team was still only 11 point in front of Swansea who fell out of the top tier. AFC Bournemouth placement in the league is perhaps more a result of the lacking qualities of other clubs than the sheer quality of Eddie Howes’ squad.
This year though, the team has signed at least some interesting players while keeping most of their stars. Even if the team has released more players than signing, at least Sheffield United’s David Brooks and Diego Rico from Leganes will join the club. The biggest loss for the club is absolutely Benik Afobe who left for Wolverhampton. He’s a good striker but was never the first choice in the starting eleven and will not be missed that much.
So what will the chances be for AFC Bournemouth this year around? Well, they are not the best. The factor for this is all the other clubs that will improve quite drastically and the newly promoted teams are better than ever. The Cherries will stay, but it won’t be easy.
Predicted outcome: 17th
AFC Bournemouth on the transfer market so far:
David Brooks (Sheff Utd)
Diego Rico (Leganes)
Baily Cargill (released)
Ryan Allsop (released)
Ollie Harfield (released)
Sam Matthews (released)
Patrick O’Flaherty (released)
Joe Quigley (released)
Rhoys Wiggins (retired)
Benik Afobe (Wolves)
Max Gradel (Toulouse)
Adam Federici (Stoke)
Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock)
Lewis Grabban (Nott’m Forest)
Sam Surridge (Oldham)
AFC BOURNEMOUTH BETTING TIPS:
5,50 – AFC Bournemouth will be relegated
4,33 – Joshua King will be top scorer in AFC Bournemouth
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