Date: 21st June 2018 at 5:58am
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Since winning promotion to the top flight of English football, AFC Bournemouth have never won their opening Premier League fixture.

During their maiden season, they lost at home to Aston Villa, who would eventually go on to be relegated.

The following season they lost to Manchester United at home and last season, they lost away to West Bromwich Albion, who also went on to be relegated.

In fact last season, the Cherries lost their opening four Premier League fixtures, but still went on to finish in a comfortable mid-table position of 12th.

Every team will, of course, play each other twice over the course of the season, but they layout of the fixtures can certainly aid aside in building momentum if the fixtures fall kindly.

For AFC Bournemouth’s fourth season in the Premier League, they kick off at home to newly-promoted Cardiff City, before a trip to West Ham United and then returning to Dean Court for a home fixture against Everton to finish August.

Could a solid start help AFC Bournemouth’s ambitions of not only a fifth campaign in the Premier League but another mid-table finish?

Francis told…

“We didn’t get off to a great start last season, so we will be looking to put that right and improve on it,”

“Getting off to a good start is crucial. You don’t want to be playing catch-up in the first month, so Cardiff a massive game for us. And with it being in front of the home fans it’s a good start for us.

“When the first game comes around, everyone is excited and raring to go.

“Now we are into our fourth season and it will be a great occasion, playing at home.”

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Monmouthred wrote…

Interesting that we only play one of top 6 in first ten games. Exactly the same in the last ten.

Therefore we have 10 out of 18 in the middle, but even then they will be rotating for Europe and December heavy schedules.

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