The Cherries journey into the the Premiership for the very first time means that AFC Bournemouth will be mixing with the English elite on level terms every week.
Here we get take a look at AFC Bournemouth’s head to head record with the opponents, pick the best fans sites for essential info and five to follow, and banter with, on Twitter. We continue the ‘Premier League we’re having a laugh’ series with – SUNDERLAND.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
MAR 17th 1990 – DIVISION 2
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0 SUNDERLAND 1
Twenty-five years ago was the last time AFC Bournemouth and Sunderland AFC met in the league. Back in the good old days when Harry Redknapp was in charge, and the season that the second tier dream died.
The Cherries and Sunderland have only ever met six times and all six of those meetings were crammed into two seasons. The first time AFC Bournemouth took on the orange ball FA Cup winners was back in August 1988 when the two teams met at Roker Park and played out a 1-1 draw. The return match in January 1989 saw the Cherries fail to score and Sunderland sneak home with a 1-0 win.
The 1989/90 season saw the two teams have the pleasure of playing each other four times, twice in the League and twice in the League Cup. How did the Cherries do? Drew 1 Lost 3, with the only positive result coming in the away leg of the League Cup. The first League game resulted in a 3-2 defeat at Roker Park. The home game saw Sunderland repeat the feat of the previous season and sneak another 1-0 win.
Sandwiched inbetween the League matches was two ties in the League Cup. The Cherries grabbed a creditable draw away from home, but once again fell to the same 1-0 scoreline at home for a third time in two seasons.
VIEW FROM THE OPPOSITION
AFC Bournemouth take on Sunderland FC for the first time in 25 years. We talk to Brian, a writer for Roker report, about how he sees the battle of the relgation candidates
AFC Bournemouth have only ever played Sunderland 6 times and this is our first ever season in the Premier League. What does the average Sunderland fan know about us?
Well I know you’re an old club at around 125 years old, you have a small intimate stadium, but of the little I know, what stands out most is last season you won an incredibly tough last season. No mean feat.
Newly promoted teams are often seen as easy fodder for the more established Premier League teams. How do you seen Saturday’s match panning out?
Having seen our signings settle quickly and seeing how much they improve us i’d be confident of our first three points of the season, however, fitness is a real concern with so many of our best XI not even having a preseason. We’re vulnerable in the fullback positions, especially left back, we leave a lot of space and as a result we’ve been shipping a lot of goals despite the back two of O’Shea and Kaboul tightening up and looking good. But going forward we’ve improved leaps and bounds. We’ve added some dangerous players and looking potent on the break. I’m expecting goals and when that happens it can go anyway.
Which AFC Bournemouth player do you think would/could/might get into the Sunderland match day squad?
The Squad? Well Callum Wilson would certainly provide a good option to our forward line. Although we’ve improved our team the squad lacks depth. Callum would definitely step ahead of Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham in the pecking order. Also Sylvain Distin. With Coates starting shaky, Wes Brown on his way out and young Tom Beadling breaking his ankle, Distin would be a very valuable squad member at the moment.
Where do you expect Sunderland to finish this season and do you think you will be playing us again next season?
I think we’ll be safe. 13th-17th category and I don’t see any reason why AFC Bournemouth can’t fit that category too. It’s very competitive in the bottom half of the league and any three ten could go. One thing is for certain for both teams, we have a tough season ahead.
Eddie Howe is a much admired manager. Would you be happy to have him to replace Dick Advocaat?
Honestly no. SAFC is a complex club at the moment and as Di Canio and Poyet found out, it’s no place for the inexperienced. Howe looks a very very promising manager but Sunderland needs an experienced head to contend with many of the abnormal challenges they’d face. We have deep rooted problems and heavy financial restrictions due to bad recruitment from the last 4 managers which has us in a rather ominous position. However, If Dick were to stay on another year and steady the ship, we’d be in a much better position to bring in a young talented Head Coach.
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