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Getting To Know: Bournemouth

Posted: Thu 06 Mar 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

A look at Saturday's opponents...

Following their promotion from League One, Bournemouth have steadied in The Championship, and with a few more points they are likely to be safe for another season at this level.

It is the first time since 1990 that The Cherries are competing in England's second tier, and a 5-0 victory over fellow-promotion side Doncaster last week will have put a spring in their step.

Currently sat with breathing space between them and the bottom three, Eddie Howe’s side don’t look in much danger of being dragged into a relegation battle.

The Seasiders beat Saturday’s opponents 2-1 earlier in the season, so The Cherries will have to work to ensure Blackpool don’t become the third side to claim the double over them this season.

How they’re getting on…

Since the turn of the year Bournemouth have won just twice, but one was on Saturday, where they breezed past Doncaster.

Prior to that they’d faced the top three sides in the division, Leicester, Burnley and Derby, and gave all three a tough assignment.

Man in charge…

Howe returned for his second spell in charge at Dean Court last season, and things couldn’t have gone much better from there, as he guided the club to promotion.

After taking them into League One in 2010, Howe moved to Burnley, but returned to put another promotion on his CV last campaign.

Scoring the goals…

Striker Lewis Grabban has netted 13 times for Bournemouth so far this season, and provides a threat alongside new signing Yann Kermorgant. 

However, Grabban last scored in a 2-2 draw at Bolton in February, so has gone three games without a goal.

Away from home…

Bournemouth’s away form is an area they’ll look to improve on next season, having claimed just three victories on the road.

Their last win away from home came when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in December.