Managerless, bottom of the league, no win in three, so must be a win for ….? You choose
Too many times this season when all the signs have pointed to a Cherries result, the opposite has happened. Just when us Cherries fans have been dreaming of a win, three points and a spot among the Premier League elite we are abruptly reminded that (as the cliche goes) there are no easy games in the Premier League, form guide counts for very little. Think Middlesboro, Sunderland, Southampton.
Let’s chuck the form guide out the window, it doesn’t really tell us much apart from that both teams have lost their last two games (and an extra one for Swansea). So this cannot continue, both teams can’t lose.
SURELY IT’S GOALS, GOALS, GOALS
Last season the two games between AFC Bournemouth and Swansea produced nine goals, a 2-2 draw at the Liberty with a dubious penalty for the home side. At Dean Court it was 3-2 with Steve Cook nodding home the winner and effectively ensuring another season in the Premier League.
The Cherries have shipped 15 goals in the last six games only managing to keep a clean sheet once. Swansea are no better managing to let in 19 goals over their last 6 games managing to keep in just one game. With two porous defences coming head to head it seems a matter of who can score the most goals. We are going for an Afobe hat-trick and a long ranger from Harry Arter in a 4-3 win. We want to be entertained.
HOW TO STOP SWANSEA SCORING
In recent weeks the tactical changes have seemed to have positive and negative effects, so it’s very much about striking the right balance. Nathan Ake will be back, so it’s back to where does Adam Smith play? He’s probably a bit disorientated from changing position so often, so we have decided it’s time to give him a rest and a change of formation. We think a 4-3-3 (come 4-2-3-1) offers the perfect balance between attack and defence.
Nathan Ake will slot back into the centre of defence with a midfield three of Arter, Surman and Wilshire. Wilshire will be pushed forward to link up with the front three. This will see Stanislas and Ibe (or King) left and right with Afobe up front playing slightly more in advance. Surman and Arter can tuck in when Daniels and Francis need to get forward to help out in attack, effectively still leaving four at the back.
Wilshire can be the midfield fulcrum and orchestrator spraying balls out to Stanislas and Ibe (or King) to get crosses in for Afobe. Alternatively, he can pass directly to Afobe who can hold up the ball to bring in Wilshire, Stanislas and Ibe creating a front four to get in shots on goal. What do you reckon Eddie?
TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON
I don’t get this situation at Swansea. This is their biggest game of the season in my opinion. If they lose then they can say goodnight, they haven’t got a manager. The place is in disarray – if you look back, they would get managers in who adopted the style of the former manager and it was a lovely club.
All of a sudden, they’re in a sticky situation and they’ve panicked like mad. To go into a game like this, which is winnable, and they’ve got no manager. I’d understand if they were playing United or Chelsea and thought they wouldn’t get much out of the game, but this was a must-win.
I’m going with a Bournemouth win, the way they opened up Chelsea at times, I dread to think what they could do to Swansea. No manager, biggest game of the season – unreal.