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After away and home wins against Premier League big boys Chelsea and Manchester United a visit to West Bromwich Albion may see something of a comedown.
But, this is the Premier League and West Brom may not have the headline-grabbing name of some of the more ‘glamorous’ big clubs, but they are a team that are hard to beat and deserve just as much respect. For us a win is a win whoever you are playing. You still only get three points (shame you don’t get a bonus point for beating a team in the top four). And, let’s not forget they are above Chelsea in the Premier League (and let’s not forget so are we).
We have met West Brom 15 times, but the last time we met in the league was back in the 1992/93 season where Albion came out on top on both occassions. Winning 1-0 at Dean Court and 2-1 at the Hawthorns. On the score card for the Cherries was loanee Dave Regis, the younger brother of the better-known Cyrille Regis.
LAST TIME OUT
The last time we met in the cup it was in 2014 (who can forget) where the Cherries ran out 2-1 victors thanks to goals from O’Kane and Wilson. Back in 1999 we met in the third round of the FA Cup at Dean Court where a certain Mr Eddie Howe scored the winner. The connection between the two teams doesn’t stop there. As we all know Tony Pulis was a Cherries player who was with the club for around eight years. First as a player where he was part of the Championship winning side. He retired as a player in 1992 joining the managememnt team before leaving in 1994. The year that Eddie Howe joined the senior ranks at Dean Court.
THREE IN A ROW?
How much did Eddie Howe learn from his brief time with Tony Pulis. It would seem it wasn’t playing styles. Pulis likes to play a more defensive game while Eddie Howe has more of an attacking ethos. This has paid dividends for AFC Bournemouth over the last four games grabbing 8 points and scoring 8 goals. While West Brom haven’t picked up as many points in the same time they haven’t been beaten in four games with a very creditable draw against Liverpool.
The long ball is seen as part of the Pulis regime as he pointed out against Liverpool. “As a football club we apologise to Liverpool for playing three more longer passes than they did. There’s always a bit of spin put on things these days. But if I had a team that was worth £200m, playing against a team that was worth less than £20m and we never won that game, I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition and couldn’t win.”
“The current Cherries team cost a lot less than the West Brom team, but I don’t expect either manager to be breaking out into a price comparison war”
It is worth noting that the boot is on the other foot with the current Cherries team costing a lot less than the West Brom team, but I don’t expect either manager to be breaking out into a price comparison war.
WEST BROM, WEST BROM WHAT’S THE SCORE
The form guide suggests that AFC Bournemouth have the edge, but in reality there is very little in it and West Brom are at home. However, West Brom’s record at home isn’t as great as you might expect having only won twice at home this season. The Cherries away record isn’t sparkling with two wins, but both teams are in good form and Albion are a hard beat to break down and are very good at set peices, somthing of a weak point for the Cherries, though less so in recent weeks.
We are going for a 1-1 draw with Wet Brom to score from a set peice and Harry Arter to score a screamer (we say this most weeks but it will happen and soon). COYR