A Saturday game with a 3pm kick-off against a team we played back in the Championship. That’s more like it, well the 3 o’clock kick-off
After the euphoria of beating Liverpool, a visit to Turf Moor will quickly bring the players back to the reality of the Premier League. It’s a hard place to get a result. Even the better teams in the league have only just got past the winning line. They have a decent record at home, we have a not so decent record away from home. One win and a couple of draws. Is this about to change? December was the month last season when AFC Bournemouth switched up a gear and beat Chelsea and Man U. More of the same please.
The last two meetings have seen two 1-1 draws with long gone Tokelo Rantie getting both goals one with a header (how tall is he?) and a scorcher at Turf Moor. Let’s remember how good he could be. Let’s hope Harry Arter can replicate this in a 2-1 win.
TOKELO RANTIE: HE DIDN’T DO MUCH BUT HE DID THIS
WILL ADAM SMITH PLAY?
The game against Liverpool raised and answered a few questions about personnel. At 2-0 down not many were making a great impression and we were thinking if Federici should have kept his place. This wasn’t our only thought, a roast dinner down the pub at half-time was beckoning, but I simply couldn’t do it. I have never left a match early and this game proved why you should never leave early. I would have felt like James Hayter’s parents when they missed his two minute 21 second hat-trick against Wrexham.
What was intriguing against Liverpool was the line-up. Adam Smith was back in the team, but Howe couldn’t leave out Ake out and Simon Francis had no reason to be dropped. So where could Adam Smith play, it seems on the left, not a natural position for him and so it proved. Charlie Daniels is back and fit to play which means he should surely slip back in at left-back.
We reckon Smith could play alongside Harry Arter in a more central defensive role, but who would have to make way.
Dan Gosling is the obvious man to make way, but once again he hasn’t don’t much wrong and it would mean playing Smith out of position, something we suggested Eddie Howe shouldn’t do. The solution could be to start Smith as cover for Ibe, who we thought had a good game against his old team. This would allow Ibe to attack more and Smith could go across to the right (his natural position) to provide the defensive cover. Just a thought.
With Stanlislas injured and Ryan Fraser putting in a MOTM performance against Liverpool surely has the left sided midfield slot sewn up. We would be very surprised not to see him in the starting XI. And, of course we love Marc Pugh, so let’s see him on for the last 10 minutes to see out the game and maybe score a cheeky third.
BURNLEY, BURNLEY WHAT’S THE SCORE?
TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON
It was a massive win for Bournemouth last weekend – who could have seen that in their wildest dreams at half-time? Fair play to them, they took a chance and got an unbelievable result. They need to follow it up now, they have set the bar high but Burnley will not be easy.
They are a different animal at home and always give their opponents a game at Turf Moor.
BURNLEY 1-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
An entertaining 4-3 win at Liverpool’s expense last Sunday means Bournemouth have won two of their last three in the Premier League. The Cherries, however, have only one win to their name on their travels this term. Bournemouth’s indifferent away form could continue here, with Burnley confident of returning to winning ways.
BURNLEY 2-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth got a fantastic result against Liverpool last weekend and I like the way they try to play against every team. But we’ve seen how difficult Burnley make it for teams at Turf Moor this season, even in games they have lost against Arsenal and Manchester City, and I think they might be a little bit too direct for the Cherries to handle