We want six, we want six, we want six. That’s what we asked for before the Boro and Sunderland games. We all know what happened there, so this time out we are keeping our expectations a little more restrained. We want five, we want five, we want five. Only joking.
Stoke City away is no easy game so we would be happy with one, as long as Stoke don’t score, or don’t score more than one. The Bet365 Stadium (wonder who there sponsor is?) and its predecessor the Victoria Ground haven’t been happy hunting grounds for the Cherries. We have only ever managed to win once at their ground and that was back in 1991 when we won 3-1.
Our form has taken a dip so an away game after the international break is an ideal time to put things right. Surman and Wilson are to take late fitness tests, Wilson back would be a real boost, surely he would have won us the game against Sunderland. Surman is not such a miss, Gosling will slot in. If Wilson is to miss the game, why don’t we start with Afobe. He looks like he needs game time and he is a target man (of sorts). We reckon he will score if he starts. Be happy to see Ibe on the bench, even though I want to see the wind running through his fine new locks. Will Pugh be fit? Hope so. He has been missed, well at least by us.
MARK HUGHES ALWAYS SOUND LIKE A BITTER MAN
To us Mark Hughes has the persona of a man who thinks he is hard done by. When things aren’t quite going right and the decisions are going against his team, he takes responsibility but subltlely suggests there are other factors in the equation. Mine you he did play for Man United.
In his pre-match conference he had this to say about Eddie Howe, “He has had the benefit of continuity, and that is beneficial. He has a lot of responsibility and trust from the owners. When you have that understanding with the Chairman then you can look at things long-term, which is quite unusual in this day and age. He has done really well. The key was to stay up last season, they did that, and Eddie has improved the squad this year. They look even more equipped to have another good season”. Is it just me?
BREAKING NEWS: JORDON IBE HAS A NEW HAIRCUT
Struggling to make an impression on the pitch the £30,000 a week winger has decided to get himself noticed another way. He’s had his hair cut, but not only that he’s had highlights added as well. We almost fell over when we saw his new style. Enjoy
STOKE, STOKE WHAT’S THE SCORE?
TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON
I never go against Stoke at home, as you know! They’re flying at the moment, they’ve turned the corner, and Bournemouth have had two shocking results against Boro and Sunderland. They were on a nice little run, and I don’t think they took their foot off the gas per se, but they got a tad lackadaisical.
Stoke have been as good as anybody in the last few weeks, and when Bony has his confidence, he’s so hard to play against. Joe Allen is playing as well as anybody, Arnautovic I have always said is top drawer, and Shaqiri too. When they’re all clicking at the same time, Stoke are a force.
STOKE 3-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
After a poor start to the season, Stoke are now unbeaten in their last six league games, which moved them up to 12 prior to the international break. Victory on Saturday would move them into the top half of the table as they prepare for the welcome of Bournemouth.
The Cherries have won just one of their last five league games and lost back-to-back top-flight matches before the domestic hiatus, including a disappointing 2-1 loss at home to Sunderland. The south coast side have never beaten Stoke away from home, losing their five competitive outings at the Bet365 Stadium. That poor run could continue this weekend, with Stoke favourites to secure victory.
STOKE 3-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
Stoke are unbeaten in six games and Bournemouth are yet to win away from home in the Premier League, so this one might look like a home banker. But the Cherries can count themselves a bit unfortunate to have lost their past two league games, against Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and I would still say they have improved a lot since the start of the season. The legendary ‘Never gonna give you up’ singer Rick Astley reckons it will be 2-0 to Stoke, but WTF does he know about football. Now I’ve said that he will probably be right 🙁
STOKE 1-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
BONUS: STEVE SPANGLER
I’ve never played professional football, but I have watched a lot on TV and I’m quite good at FIFA, so I am going to be the resident The South End ‘expert’. I don’t believe the hype, or more importantly the stats when they say AFC Bournemouth are going to lose. I put on my blinkers and go gung-ho. So, 1-1 is about as gung-ho as I am going to go.