FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Bournemouth vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After seeing their cushion over the bottom three cut to five points, Bournemouth will be hoping to pick up their fourth home league win of the season when they come up against out-of-form Stoke City. Despite having their fair share of possession and having more than enough attempts on goal, Bournemouth were made to pay for lacking that little bit of quality in their last match as two goals in as many minutes saw them lose to title chasing Arsenal. A couple of poor pieces of defending cost them overall,…

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Bournemouth vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be determined to get their title challenge back on track on Sunday with a win away to Bournemouth, who have lost just twice in their last 14 matches in all competitions. It has been a fine run for the Cherries, who are doing a good job of staying clear of danger in their first top-flight season as seven points now separate them and the bottom three. The January arrival of Benik Afobe has clearly given them a major boost, with the striker having scored in his last three league…

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Sunderland vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to close the four point gap between themselves and the safety line with a win at home to a Bournemouth side that lies six points and four places above them in the Premier League table. The hosts had to soak up a lot of pressure in the opening 40 minutes of their game last weekend at Tottenham before taking the lead through the in-form Patrick van Aanholt following a rare foray forward. However, they committed the cardinal sin of conceding an avoidable equaliser just moments later and were…

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Bournemouth vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be hoping to win for the first time in five Premier League matches when they host Norwich City, with both sides intent on extending the gap between themselves and the relegation zone. A strong first half display counted for little for Bournemouth on Tuesday as they slid to a 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham United, proving unable to cope with the quality of Dimitri Payet in particular, with goalkeeper Artur Boruc forced into some fine saves which served to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable. They are…

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Bournemouth vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to continue their recent resurgence with a third successive win as they head to Bournemouth, who have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches. The hosts showed real determination to cling on to a point in their last league outing at Leicester City after having Simon Francis sent off for a foul which led to a disputed penalty kick, which was well saved by Artur Boruc. The Pole’s goal did occasionally lead a charmed life at the King Power Stadium, but at the same…

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How Bournemouth became bigger than AC Milan

Powerful TV money has made even the smallest Premier League able to spend big during the transfer window, some even more than traditional European giants, according to The Daily Mail. It’s already an established phenomenon that most of the Premier League’s clubs can now compete with virtually every club in the major leagues of Europe for top players aside from the ‘mega’ clubs of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. Last summer alone saw some of the Premier League’s ‘smaller’ clubs hire stars from teams with much more illustrious…

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Leicester vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

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Kept off the top of the Premier League only by goal difference at the halfway mark, Leicester will be after their first win in three matches as they host a Bournemouth side looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three. After seeing their terrific run come to an end on Boxing Day with defeat at Liverpool, Claudio Ranieri’s team did well to earn a point at home to Manchester City three days later, especially as had they lost it may have allowed a few doubts to creep…

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Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

The pressure will be on Arsenal as they look to hit back from their Boxing Day misery with victory at home to a Bournemouth side that has not lost in six Premier League outings. There was nothing in the game at Southampton until they were undone by a terrific long range strike, but Arsenal’s display from then on was far from good enough and belied their status as a team which would have gone top of the Premier League had they managed to win. It was some way away from…

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Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Two of the Premier League’s form teams will battle for supremacy on Boxing Day at the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth entertain a Crystal Palace side that is now just a point off the the top four. A run of three successive wins has lifted the Cherries towards mid-table and have given them a four point cushion above the bottom three, so they should enter a sequence of three matches in the space of a week with confidence and relish rather than with a feeling of apprehension. Despite calls in some quarters…

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West Brom vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be aiming to win for the third successive Premier League game when they make the trip to the Hawthorns to face the stern test that West Bromwich Albion invariably provide. Only a cruel deflection in the fifth minute of stoppage time at the end of the game prevented West Brom from coming away with all three points at Liverpool last weekend, where the danger they pose from set-pieces was very evident. Defenders Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson were the ones to profit from dead-ball situations, with the latter…

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Bournemouth vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to go some way towards banishing the memory of their Champions League disappointment in the week by getting the better of a buoyant Bournemouth side. Over 30 years ago, the Cherries claimed the scalp of their visitors in the FA Cup while under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp, but last weekend’s win away to champions Chelsea prompted current boss Eddie Howe to describe it as the biggest result in the club’s history. It is hard to argue with that, especially given the state they were in just a matter…

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Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be intent on securing back to back home wins in the Premier League for the first time this season when they host a Bournemouth side which is still in the bottom three despite late heroics last time out. The most pleasing aspect for Jose Mourinho his side’s last match away to rivals Tottenham was the quality of Chelsea’s defending, as they looked much more secure at the back than they had at any other time this term, especially considering the strength of the opposition. While centre-backs Gary Cahill…

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Bournemouth vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Free-scoring Everton will be aiming to win away from home for the first time since the end of September when they visit struggling Bournemouth, who ended a four-game losing streak last time out. It turned out to be another frustrating afternoon for Cherries as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw at Swansea City despite being the better side for long periods. Unlike their previous outing against Newcastle United, they made their early dominance count thanks to goals from Josh King and Dan Gosling, but committed the cardinal sin of…

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Swansea vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides in desperate need of a positive result clash at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City face a Bournemouth side which has slipped into the drop zone following four successive defeats. The Swans have dropped to 14th place after a run of just one win in eight, and their home form of late has been uncharacteristically poor, with goals also at a premium. They really need Bafetimbi Gomis to rediscover his sparkling early season goalscoring touch if they are to lift themselves back up the table, but for that…

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Bournemouth vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be aiming to escape the Premier League’s bottom three at the expense of Bournemouth by continuing the Cherries’ losing streak when they meet in Saturday’s early kick-off. The home side have lost all four of their matches in all competitions since the last international break and now lie just one place above the drop zone and a single point ahead of their opponents, so this is a critical encounter. They have struggled to compete against quality opposition in recent weeks, and although they showed some signs of…

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Southampton vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Struggling Bournemouth will be determined to turn things around after two successive heavy defeats in the Premier League when they make the short journey to the St. Mary’s Stadium to take on local rivals Southampton. The home side come into this in good form and will feel that they should be slightly higher up the table after sharing the points in their last two league outings. The game against Leicester City a fortnight ago should definitely have resulted in victory as they squandered a two-goal lead, but last weekend they…

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Bournemouth vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be aiming to halt their slide towards the wrong end of the Premier League table by defeating a Tottenham side that is unbeaten in the top-flight since the opening day of the season. It is much easier said than done, but Eddie Howe’s men could really have done with a solid start to their last game away to leaders Manchester City. Instead, they found themselves two goals down within 10 minutes and although they managed to pull one back, the hope that brought was short lived as they…

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Man City vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to recement their place at the top of the Premier League when they take on Bournemouth in a meeting of two sides at opposite ends of the top-flight’s financial spectrum. The hosts were decidedly ordinary for 40 minutes in their last match against lowly Newcastle United and were lucky to be just the one goal behind as their defence struggled to impose themselves, but fortunately for them Sergio Aguero soon took centre stage with a magnificent individual performance and a stunning display of goalscoring. The…

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Bournemouth vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be hoping that it will be third time lucky in their attempts to notch their first home Premier League win as they come up against a Sunderland side that sits 19th the in table with only two points from a possible 15. After a decent opening to the campaign, the Cherries dipped below the required standard as they were well beaten by fellow promoted club Norwich City last time out in a game that looked close on paper. They rarely gained a significant foothold in the encounter, and were forced on to…

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Norwich vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City and Bournemouth have both taken a fairly respectable four points from as many games since promotion to the Premier League and will have their eyes set on improving their standing further when they meet on Saturday. Strong performances against Sunderland and Stoke City meant the Canaries came into their last match at Southampton high on confidence, but two careless bookings for Steven Whitaker in the first half seriously affected their game-plan and they ended up soundly beaten, thanks largely to a failure to hold out until half-time. Striker…

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Liverpool vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be targeting their second win from as many Premier League games as they face a Bournemouth side that is eager to prove they belong at this level following their meteoric rise over the last six years. It was hardly a performance bursting with fluency and flair, but Liverpool made the ideal start with victory at Stoke City, in doing so gaining revenge for the mauling they suffered at the same ground on the final day of last season. Neither side looked likely to win it for the most…

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