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James Crawley

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Posted Saturday, October 16th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth (H)

We face the league leaders in an exciting return to Ashton Gate after the latest international break.

🍒 Our opponents

Today's visitors went close to bouncing back to the Premier League at the first time attempt before a Play-off semi-final defeat to eventual Wembley winners Brentford, but under new boss Scott Parker they are in promotion contention once again.

And the Cherries entered the international break on top of the Championship table thanks to a 2-1 win over Sheffield United a fortnight ago.

Battling back from a goal down, courtesy of two goals in three second-half minutes from Dominic Solanke’s penalty and Philip Billing, they reclaimed pole position after second-placed West Bromwich Albion lost at Stoke City.

Parker’s men are the only unbeaten side in the Championship, and were three points clear prior to the Baggies' Friday night derby encounter with Birmingham City.

So far, the Cherries have won seven and drawn four in the league, but did exit the Carabao Cup in a 6-0 round two defeat to Norwich City.

Brennan Camp, grandson of Gerry Gow, made his Bournemouth debut in that encounter and, while the young Scottish defender was on the bench four times in August, he has yet to feature in the Championship.

Head Coach Parker – who left Fulham by mutual consent in June following the Cottagers' relegation from the Premier League – may well be reluctant to change his early success formula. It’s been quite the start for the former West Ham and England midfielder who signed a three-year deal in the summer, following the departure of Jonathan Woodgate.

Upon Parker’s appointment, he welcomed experienced signings in Emiliano Marcondes (from Brentford), Ørjan Nyland (Norwich City), Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace), Ryan Christie (Celtic), Jamal Lowe (Swansea City), while Leif Davis and Morgan Rogers have been signed on loan from Leeds United and Manchester City, respectively.

A whole host of players also departed over the course of the summer transfer window, the most notable including Asmir Begović, Diego Rico, Arnaut Danjuma and Jack Wilshere.

AFC BOURNEMOUTH PROFILE

Formed: 1899
Stadium: Dean Court
Nickname: The Cherries
Manager: Scott Parker
Finish last season: 6th, Championship

Honours:

  • Highest Premier League finish: 9th, 2016/17
  • FA Cup best finish: quarter-finals, 1956/57 and 2020/21
  • League Cup best finish: quarter-final 2014/15, 2017/18, 2018/19
  • Championship winners: 2014/15
  • Third Division South Cup winners 1945/46
  • Football League Trophy winners: 1983/84

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Saturday, October 16th, 3pm
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 12

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant referee: Graham Kane
Assistant referee: Robert Merchant
Fourth official: Stephen Martin


⚽️ Our last game: Match action v Peterborough United

Chris Martin's 84th-minute winner sent 1,200 City fans home signing in the rain with a 3-2 win over The Posh.

A Sammie Szmodics brace threatened to dampen City’s spirits at a rain-soaked Weston Homes Stadium, but we battled through the treacherous conditions.

It rained goals almost as much as it did from the skies above in this five-goal thriller where former City player Szmodics opened the scoring with a sumptuous finish, before the Robins fought from behind.

The equaliser would go down as an own goal as Posh captain Nathan Thompson put the ball into his own net from a Matty James corner, under pressure from both Rob Atkinson and Joe Williams.

George Tanner went on to score his first goal for the club when he latched on to a rebound to put the Robins in front but with minutes of the first half remaining, the hosts fought back through a Szmodics header.

The Robins defended well in the second half, particularly dealing with pressure from the wide areas with the Posh feeling the wind in their sails.

However, Martin would have the final say when his well-struck finish from the edge of the area beat Dai Cornell to put the visitors ahead late on.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Dominic Solanke

The 24-year-old striker has eight goals in all competitions so far this season, consistently finding the back of the net from his 12 appearances to date.

Solanke is also the fifth highest goalscorer in the Championship with a total of seven league goals to his team’s tally of 18 in the second tier – a 39% contribution rate – as well as boasting 3.1 shots per game, ranking him the fourth highest in the division.

Solanke joined the Cherries in January 2019 for a £17million transfer fee from Liverpool, who had signed the forward from Chelsea’s Academy. While with the Blues, Solanke had spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Vitesse Arnheim.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Bristol City 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
26.09.2006
League One
Ashton Gate

A second-half Phil Jevons header proved the difference when the teams met in September 2006.

He nodded home in the 70th minute from a Lee Johnson cross, in the early stages of City's promotion-winning campaign.

AFC Bournemouth had opportunities to get back into the game but the Robins weren't threatened from Danny Hollands' long-range efforts, while Leon was unable to turn the ball in from close range.


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 89
Won: 38
Drew: 23
Lost: 28

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 16
Goals conceded: 15

Championship position: 9th (16 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 18
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann, Chris Martin 4
Most assists: Martin, Weimann 2
Best average rating (Opta): Martin 7.15

Possession: 44.6%
Passing percentage: 69.3%
Tackle success percentage: 68.4%
Average aerial duels won: 25.5

AFC Bournemouth

Matches v opposition: 89
Won: 28
Drew: 23
Lost: 38

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 23
Goals conceded: 14

Championship position: 1st (25 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Two
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 24
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Solanke 8
Most assists: Jaidon Anthony, Ryan Christie 3
Best average rating (Opta): Solanke 7.32

Possession: 56.1%
Passing percentage: 89.1%
Tackle success percentage: 61.1%
Average aerial duels won: 16.1


🎟 TICKET NEWS

Home tickets can be purchased online here.

Coverage of the Championship fixture will be provided via Robins TV to overseas subscribers only, due to EFL regulations. The pre-match show starts at 2.30pm. A live audio feed will be available to fans based inside the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands.

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