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Final game of the Championship season – Will Millwall spoil AFCB’s promotion party?

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Written by billythekid

It’s Been Some Season – Now Enjoy!

Well, we are UP and job was done on getting back into the Premier League after dominating the second half on Tuesday night and getting the only goal on the night from Kieffer Moore. The whistle went and the pitch was invaded by jubilant Cherries fans, the ‘party’ and celebrations had started. But unlike our last promotion up into the Premier League, the last game of the season is at home again and the ‘party’ will start all over again and everyone can just relax and enjoy the football without worrying about the result. From what has been reported, our club will be presented by the EFL with a smaller trophy and the squad members with medals for being runners up after the game.

Our next game is the second of our home games and the last game of the season, it is on Saturday at the earlier time of 12.30 pm, our opponents are Millwall, they have an outside chance of a play-off place if they win at Dean Court depending on other results. We played Millwall at the Den back in November, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Benik Afobe scored the home sides goal and Dominic Solanke scored for AFCB. That was after 19 games played, the Cherries were 2nd in the table with 41 points and the Lions 10th with 27 points.

The Lions away results since our game in November, W 3, D 4, L 6. Home they have W 9, D 2, L 2. Millwall’s recent home game was against relegated Peterborough United, Millwall won 3-0. Gary Rowett’s side are in 8th place after 45 games with 69 points, 3 points off a play-off place. Millwall have already improved on last season where after 46 games they finished in 11th place with 62 points. The Lions best run of form this season was between February and the beginning of March, they had five consecutive wins. Their latest run of form over the last five games has been WDWDW.

Millwall last visited Dean Court in January 2021, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Dominic Solanke scored for AFCB on the stroke of half-time and Matt Smith equalising for Millwall in the second half. The previous occasion the two sides met at Dean Court was our promotion season of 2014-15, which also ended in a draw.

In all our home league games against Millwall, AFCB have W 17, D 9, L 10.
In all competitions home and away, AFCB have W 28, D 14, L 38.

AFCB v Millwall

Premier League bound Bournemouth Win

Premier League bound Bournemouth Win

Draw

Draw

Millwall Win

Millwall Win

AFCB Team News
Might be some changes to the starting lineup, Jefferson Lerma went off on Tuesday night with an injury.

AFCB Player To Watch
Will be watching and hoping Dominic Solanke can finish the league season with his 30th goal. Like to see more of Kieffer Moore and Dominic Solanke playing together over a longer period in a game, maybe Saturday.

Millwall Team News
Daniel Ballard missed the home game against Peterborough United with a muscle injury. Scott Malone is out with a hamstring injury he got in the game against Hull City.

Millwall Player To Watch
Benik Afobe, our old player has scored 6 goals in his last 8 games and is the leading scorer with 12 goals. Jed Wallace has 6 goals and most assists with 12.

The Referee
Another Premier League referee and one known to Cherries fans.
Andre Marriner has only been in charge of one of our previous games this season, it was away at Barnsley and Gary Cahill was shown a red card late into the game.

Your say…

Bitzer wrote…

I might be out of keel with most people but I think it would be pretty disrespectful to not field our strongest 11. If we were in Luton’s position and the roles were reversed we’d be pretty devastated. I don’t really see that giving fringe players the last game of the season is going to benefit them. I’d like Parker to tell our first 11 to go out, enjoy the day and play with freedom, attack and flair and see where it takes us.
It would be a great end of the season present to our supporters to watch these players with the shackles off. – Join the conversation, click here.

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2 comments

  • Barry Davies says:

    Yep, Put out the strongest team.
    Baz

  • Mel Lucas says:

    How I agree with Bitzer, we need the lads who got us the promotion to enjoy Saturday to the full, they all deserve the glory after such a long season, also agree that to put out a weak side would be disrespectful to all those teams still playing for a play off place.
    Will not be there with you all on Saturday, but everyone enjoy the moment, having supported “The Cherries” since 1950, I am more than proud to say “Up the Cherries”.
    Well done everyone including all those great fans that make the team and game.

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