Written by billythekid
After our recent defeats and break for the FA Cup, it’s back to football again at Dean Court. The last two home games produced 6 points, with defeats for both London clubs, Chelsea and West Ham. The Cherries scored six goals and kept clean sheets in both games. This time our opponents are Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) and it will be the first visit to Dean Court in the Premier League. Wolves didn’t have a break as they were involved in the FA Cup away to Championship side Bristol City. City had won their last 9 games and were on an unbeaten 15 game run. Wolves ended that run by winning 0-1 to progress to the Quarter Finals with a home tie against Manchester United. This game at Dean Court against Wolves could be entertaining for the crowd, with attacking and counter attacking football.
In the January transfer window, Wolves have signed two players. Jonny Otto from Atletico Madrid for £18 million, he was previously on loan. Also signed 18-year-old David Wang for an undisclosed fee from Spanish team Jumilla B (Estudiantes). He will spend the rest of the season in Portugal on loan at Sporting CP. One player leaving Wolves is our former player Benik Afobe to Stoke for £12 million, he was previously on loan.
Wolves are in good form at the moment and have taken 10 out of a possible 18 points in their last six games. They will be hungry to get more points on Saturday at our expense. At the halfway stage of the season after 19 games, Wolves were 10th in the table on 26 points. The Cherries were 11th on the same number of points. At present after 26 games, Wolves are 7th in the table with 37 points. The Cherries are 11th with 33 points.
Since our game at Molineux in December, Wolves next three games of the month ended in a defeat, draw and a win. First, they were at home against Liverpool, they lost 0-2. The next two games were away in London, first, they drew 1-1 against Fulham and the last game of 2018 was at Wembley against Spurs, Wolves won 1-3, a good end to the year.
January 2019 wasn’t a good start for Wolves, the first game was at home against the third London club they had played in a row, this time they lost against Crystal Palace 0-2. The next game was a trip up to Manchester to play City, Wolves lost 3-0. The next two games were at home at the Molineux Stadium, both games were wins for Wolves. They beat Leicester 4-3, then in the next game West Ham 3-0.
February started off well with Wolves winning their third game in a row, this time beating Everton 1-3 at Goodison Park. The last game in the league before their visit to Dean Court, Wolves drew at home 1-1 against Leicester City.
The last time AFCB played Wolves at Dean Court was in the Championship winning season. We beat them 2-1. Last December the Cherries visited Molineux to play Wolves for the first time in the Premier League, Wolves won 2-0. In the league at Dean Court AFCB have W 2, D 1, L 0. In all competitions, AFCB have W 6, D 2, L 3.
Six Game Form Guide in the Premier League – Starting with the latest game first:
AFCB LLWWLD – Wolves DWWWLL
Home Form Table
AFCB – 7th P13 W7 D3 L3 GF25 GA17 Pts24
Away Form Table
Wolves – 6th P12 W5 D3 L4 GF 14 GA14 Pts18
AFCB Team News
Besides our long term injuries, Callum Wilson has been out with a knee injury, David Brooks with an ankle injury and Junior Stanislas with a thigh injury. Back for this game will be Nathan Clyne who has looked good in the games he has played for us.
AFCB Player To Watch
In our last home game Josh King looked sharp and scored a brace against Chelsea, he also scored in the game before that at Dean Court against West Ham. Ryan Fraser is another player to watch at home.
Wolves Team News
They have had two players out injured, Matt Doherty who got a knock in the FA Cup game against Bristol City and Diogo Jota with a thigh injury. Both expected to be available for Saturday.
Wolves Player To Watch
Raúl Jiménez the 6’ 1” Mexico International striker. The strong and pacey player who can finish, has 9 goals and 5 assists so far this season in the Premier League. Other players, João Moutinho has 7 assists in the league so far this season. Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota if he plays.
Roger East who was referee in our last home game against Chelsea takes over. He also was referee for the home game against Huddersfield.
To me, this is one of those games where you just don’t know how things will go.
If we play well we can beat them, Newcastle were unlucky not to get all 3 points.
At least the Cherries have had plenty of rest and time to prepare for the game whereas Wolves played last Sunday.
It will be interesting to see how much game time Solanke and Mepham get.
I’d like to see Sam Surridge get some game time too.
Eddie may spring a surprise with Brooks (I don’t think Callum will play as it’s too soon). – Join the conversation, click here.