AFC Bournemouth look to maintain their Europa League spot this weekend


Written by Ross Millen (@RossMillen)

AFC Bournemouth are hoping to secure a Europa League spot for another successive week against Fulham.

This Saturday, Cherries travel to Craven Cottage to play Slavisa Jokanovic’s relegation-threatened side, where they hope to try get another three points on the road.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe said: “They’re a very good team, I have a lot of respect for their manager. Their style of play is an obvious one that draws a lot of praise and they haven’t changed this season, that’s why we know it’ll be a difficult game.”

The Cottagers have conceded more goals than anyone else this season in the Premier League and Cherries could capitalise on this with their attacking style of play.

Howe said: “It’s two teams that will try and open the pitch up and take the game to their opponent. I think it’s down to the team that implements their style of play best and makes the least mistakes who will win.”

After nine matches in the Premier League last season Bournemouth sat in 19th place on seven points, compared with this season where they currently sit sixth on 17 points.

Howe admitted he was happy with the start: “We’re pleased to this point, it means everything to us, this is your life. It’s been a pleasant start for us, but that’s all it is, we know this is the Premier League and we know how quickly football can change.”

Good record against Fulham

Statistically, Bournemouth hold a good record against Fulham and they last lost against the Londoners back in 1994. Their most recent fixture ended in an empathic 5-1 victory for Bournemouth.

The 5-1 demolition was part of Cherries’ promotion campaign to the Premier League in the 2014/2015 season, and nine of the players that played that game are still part of Eddie Howe’s current squad.

Talking about this core group, Howe was pleased again: “That’s a really good thing, it’s been a big part of our strength, the core group that we’ve kept together, their attitude, their motivation and aspiration to keep achieving.

“Every squad that I’ve managed has had that special feel at this football club, it’s a unique club, the team spirit and atmosphere created by everyone is special here.”

Howe also gave the latest team news ahead of tomorrow’s clash, saying:

“We’re all good, a couple of players have picked up some little knocks but nothing out of the ordinary.”

Kick-off takes place at 3pm tomorrow afternoon at Craven Cottage.