Former unprofessional footballer and CUFC blogger offers an extensive insight to the game
KEY PLAYER: In midfield is Anthony Wordsworth. He was rated very highly coming through the ranks, but he seemed to suffer being stuck out wide last season. Whilst he is exceptionally technically gifted, he does not have the pace to go with it. This season he seems to have got his head together and knuckled down. He has been put in the centre of the park and is really benefiting from it. I feel he is the heartbeat of the side. He loves to pick out a pass and he is able to gallop about the midfield at will. He will need to be watched because he really does dictate the tempo in the middle and he is capable of getting forward. He is quite tall so he can be a threat aerially and he is also able to hit a ball from range well. He has 6 goals this season from midfield and whilst half of those are penalties, you can guarantee he’ll be first up to take any free kicks around the box.
Michail Antonio has joined us on loan from Reading and was previously at Southampton. He has blistering pace and a silly ability to be able to twist and turn. Whilst he is not blessed with terrific ball skills, his sheer pace ensures he is able to get round players with ease. He has been in super form for us and we will look to get him involved as much as possible. He has a good shot on him and unlike a lot of wingers at this level, he can actually put a good ball into the box. He isn’t afraid of getting into the box to get his head on the ball either scoring twice with his head v Huddersfield and Yeovil.
On the other flank is Ian Henderson. He has struggled for form recently, but I believe that is because he has been put on the left to benefit Antonio on the right. He is another technically gifted player who started the season with a bang scoring twice at Preston. He will look to work the channels and whilst he is another one who is not very pacy, he does seem to have an uncanny knack to ghost past full backs with his skill.
Kayode Odejayi is the lone man up front. To be perfectly honest, he was pretty terrible last season. He is the ultimate confidence player and after his goal in pre season against Watford he came in to the season full of confidence. Odejayi is another one who is not very technically gifted, but he is a battler and he will battle for the balls in the air and will look to bring the two wide men into the game with flick ons. He seems to be improving with the ball at his feet and his hold up play has been exceptionally. He is really rather quick across the ground as well. If a ball goes over the top and he is in a foot race with a centre back, 9 times out of 10 he will win, but the one thing that lets him down is his lack of composure once he is on goal, comically smashing the ball over the bar, wide, or straight at the keeper.
PREDICTION: I would love nothing more than to say a Col U home win 2-1, but our home form has been patchy. We are draw specialists at home and looking at your recent results you are the draw specialists away from home, so it has a draw written all over it. I think it will be 1-1 with Wordsworth scoring for the U’s and the pesky Adam Barrett to power home a header for the equaliser.
BIG STEVE SPANGLER
TFTSE regular and AFC Bournemouth old boy offers his thoughts for the game
I will go to work, have my lunch around 1pm and then go back to work before going home. Will be home for 7ish, will sit down, watch a bit of TV, make dinner and listen to the game on the radio. My favourite swear word for this match is going to be ‘For fuck sake’.
PREDICTION: The obvious answer would be a draw, cant win at home and struggling to lose away. Colchester’s home record is not fantastic and if Wes Thomas gets as many chances as he did against Bury we should score at least 3. So its going to be 1-1 of course.
Bournemouth 18 | Draws 16 | Colchester 22
Colchester 2 – 1 Bournemouth
Football League One | Fri 14 Jan 2011
AFCB scorers: Steve Fletcher (54)
LAST CHERRIES WIN
Colchester 0 – 1 Bournemouth
Football League One | Sat 15 Oct 2005
AFCB scorers: James Keene (90)
Bournemouth 5 – 0 Colchester
Football League One | Sat 19 Apr 1952
Lee Bradbury told the official site:
We have confidence going there (Colchester) as we are on the back of four away games without a defeat. I’m pleased with the away form, and if anything it makes us wonder why the home form has been poor this season we need to address that immediately.’
‘We have a few more injuries, that’s how it seems to be going at the moment. I’m hoping that Shaun Cooper will be fit after feeling his calf on Thursday. Shaun MacDonald is getting there and he is in his final stages of his rehab. Tuesday will be too soon, but I’m hoping he will be available for Saturday. It’s too early to say about Harry Arter and Joe Partington, but they will certainly be struggling to be for Tuesday