Burnley travel to the South coast on Saturday to take on AFC Bournemouth, in a game which may look like there is little on the line, but knowing both managers, you can guarantee they will both be eager to claim the spoils.
The Cherries have been in very good form of late, losing just two of their last ten games, with those defeats coming against Tottenham and Chelsea, highlighting just how strong Eddie Howe’s men are.
Burnley will no doubt face a very difficult task on Saturday, but with safety basically assured, we can now play without pressure and who knows what that might bring.
Before Saturday’s clash, I will take a closer look at Bournemouth, as we also caught up with a Bournemouth fan to get his views on what might be in store at the weekend!
Manager – Eddie Howe
Captain – Simon Francis
Top Scorer – Josh King (15 goals)
League Position – 11th
Points – 42
Recent Form – Last Six
Recent Results v Burnley – Last Six:
|03 Sep 1999||Burnley v AFC Bournemouth||W||2-1||Division 2|
|12 Feb 2000||AFC Bournemouth v Burnley||W||0-1||Division 2|
|29 Jan 2005||Burnley v AFC Bournemouth||W||2-0||FA Cup|
|09 Nov 2013||Burnley v AFC Bournemouth||D||1-1||Championship|
|15 Feb 2014||AFC Bournemouth v Burnley||D||1-1||Championship|
|10 Dec 2016||Burnley v AFC Bournemouth||W||3-2||Premier League|
Josh King – The ex Blackburn man has been on fire lately, scoring freely as Bournemouth continue to climb up the table. King has spearheaded the Bournemouth attack well since Callum Wilson was cruelly struck down with injury. To sign him on a free transfer was a masterstroke from Eddie Howe, with King now being touted by pundits for a move to some of the countries biggest sides. The Norwegian is blessed with blistering pace, but he is also more than capable of holding up the ball, making him a defenders nightmare. Burnley’s inexperienced centre half pairing of Kevin Long and James Tarkowski look set to have a tough afternoon ahead of them.
Marc Pugh – Pugh has been a revelation since he regained his place in the Cherries starting line up. The former Burnley winger has grasped his chance with both hands, and on Saturday, he will be out to show the Clarets exactly what they let go. The tricky winger is likely to be a handful for Matt Lowton, and he will have to be on top of his game to keep Pugh quiet. The 30-year-old has the ability to turn full backs inside out and deliver the ball on a sixpence, something the Clarets will have to be wary of.
Bournemouth currently sit on 42 points. What is the incentive for the the Cherries for the rest of the season?