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Hull City, they’re one of those new teams in the Premier League, surely AFC Bournemouth can beat them. That’s what the ‘experts’ thought about AFC Bournemouth last season and look where we are now.
Hull City got their Premier League campaign off to a blistering start with two wins and a place near the very top of the Premier League. Off-field issues meant that they had already been written off, but wrongly by the look of it. Five games later and Hull City have only managed a single point in those games, but take a look at who they have played, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. Four games you would expect to get nothing from.
So, Hull City’s loss of form is hardly a barometer of how the match is going to turn out.
The Cherries upturn in form and points, and the face that we are home, would suggest a home win. Are we as confident as the form guide suggest? Yes. We have see a marked improvement in recent performances from the team as a whole. Artur Boruc is on fire, Callum Wilson is back to his blistering best and Harry Arter has been in commanding form in the middle of the park. We did say that were no going to score predictions any more, because we are so crap at them. But, we have changed our mind, here’s what we think. What do you think?
GGGGRRRRR – AFC BOURNEMOUTH TO WIN
STEVE COOK – AN AFCB LEGEND IN THE MAKING
Can you believe it, Steve Cook is set to play his 200th game for the mighty Cherries. Wonder what he thought when he signed on loan back in 2011. He went straight into the team with his first game being a 3-1 away win at Preston. Since then he hasn’t looked back. He has been an almost ever present since signing. He got his first at the back end of the 2012/13 season in a 3-1 win over Carlisle at Dean Court. Not a bad game to get your first ever Cherries goal. Time to celebrate.
His last goal came in the 2015/16 season against Villa in a 2-1 win that saw that Midlanders relegated to the Championship. His most spectacular? His thunderbolt away at Fulham? His overhead kick away to Ipswich? We are going for the strike against Fulham. One tomorrow would be nice. Go on Steve give us a goal, you deserve it.
WHAT THE MANAGERS HAD TO SAY
TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON
I fancy Bournemouth at home. They are playing well and got a good result at Watford after beating Everton.
If they win this game too, they could have a really comfortable season. It’s only early but you need to win the games against the teams around you and I think Bournemouth will do that on Saturday. They play an open style of football and Jack Wilshere looked very sharp against Watford – I know he missed a sitter but he’s getting back to where he was at Arsenal.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3-1 HULL
Bournemouth entered the international break undefeated in two matches and Eddie Howe will be hoping their momentum was not lost in the break. Hull have lost four of their last five league matches and their good start to the season is now a distant memory. They’ve shipped 11 goals in their last three matches and will be glad to see the back of the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. This fixture is the first contest between the sides in 11 years and Bournemouth will be looking to inflict further misery on the Tigers.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 HULL
It always looked a big ask for the Tigers to stay up but the uncertainty was not helping anyone and, after taking one point from their last five games, Hull had begun to plummet. Bournemouth have been heading in the opposite direction after a slow start, and their upturn in form was much needed. The Cherries have taken seven points from their last four games and will see this game as an opportunity to continue that improved run.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 HULL
THE REAL EXPERT OPINION – WHAT THE FANS SAY
Without the opposition there would be no game. TFTSE spoke to Matthew Rudd, Editor-at-large and podcast host for Hull City fan site Amber Nectar. He likes beer (don’t we all), thinks AFC Bournemouth are kindred spirits and believes that Hull will grab a 2-2 draw.
Hull City are the new boys in the Premier League while AFC Bournemouth are positive veterans in our second ever season in the top division. Who’s going to stay up and who’s going to finish higher in the league. We like Matthew’s thinking. “I think if both teams can finish in the lower mid table they’d regard the season as successful and progressive. Bournemouth are in a stronger position than us at the moment, both in terms of points and general stability, and I expect them to finish the higher of the two teams in May”.
We all love AFC Bournemouth, but it’s difficult to know what other fans think. So to find out we asked ‘How do Hull City fans perceive AFC Bournemouth? “I think we perceive Bournemouth as a kindred spirit club; we faced each other an awful lot in the lower two divisions, although it’s been 12 seasons since we last faced one another. Similarly sized, similar history, in a one club area of the country. The current incarnation of Bournemouth is I think one that many clubs at all levels can admire and learn from”.
What’s the most important part of a game? A good performance – only joking – it’s scoring more goals than the opposition. We have already given our thoughts on the score (a win of course). Here’s what Matthew had to say. “I’d hope we can win; I certainly think we are capable of avoiding defeat. We’ve just lost four on the bounce but they were to Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, so it’s a slightly false loss of form we’ve endured. I’ll go for an entertaining, open 2-2 draw, and I’d be thrilled with it. Thrilled even more with a win though!”
Every team has a great player or two, or maybe even three and there is often someone from the opposition to admire. We asked Amber Nectar who they liked the look of in the Cherries squad and which Hull player they thought would look good in the Cherries line-up. “I really like Callum Wilson, who is nippy, confident, incisive and evidently knows where the goal is. We’re not in a position to let any players go, our squad is so small! There are few better centre backs in the division than Curtis Davies right now and I’m pretty certain you’d like him in your colours, following last season’s rumours that he was heading your way. But you’re not having him”.
While we have a few players to admire, we have a manager that is considered a great British hope. We asked Matthew what he thought of our Special One and Hull’s own newly appointed manager (answered before he got the job). “I’d assume City fans think of Eddie Howe as I do – a good, calm, self-assured and reasonable man doing a remarkable job and clearly with a keen footballing brain and an ability to attract, nurture and inspire players. Phelan will be a good appointment if we ever get round to it; our owners are playing their usual mind games with people, even though Phelan’s done a fine job and has a livelihood at stake here. I’d like him to be given the contract that keeps being mooted but our owners really don’t care enough about their staff, or the fans of their club, to do something about it with any real urgency”.
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