Date: 18th June 2019 at 6:21am
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At the end of last week, the Premier League announced the fixtures for the upcoming 2019/20 campaign.

As the saying goes, on paper, the Cherries have been handed the chance of a good start with the opening two games coming against newly promoted sides.

First up is Sheffield United who earned automatic promotion from the Championship after finishing second behind Norwich City.

The first away trip of the new campaign is to Villa Park, whose end of season form saw them win promotion at Wembley via the play-offs.

Whilst former AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick has now left Aston Villa for Huddersfield Town, this game could see a quick reunion with defender Tyrone Mings who is heavily linked with a permanent transfer to Aston Villa after his heroics for them whilst on loan last season.

So what does Steve Cook think of the new line-up ahead of AFC Bournemouth’s fifth consecutive season in the top flight of English football? Steve Cook told

“…You couldn’t have asked for three bigger clubs to get promoted from the Championship. They will bring extra quality to the league because they all play very good football.

“Sheffield United will be a tough start for us and we won at Villa Park to secure our status in our first season in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to going back there…”

“…We will face four teams who reached the finals of the two big European competitions last season and I think that shows just how much of an achievement being in the Premier League is.

“We worked incredibly hard to get here in the first place and have had to work even harder to stay here for four years…”

Your say…

Neil Dawson wrote…

Normally I think you are best playing promoted teams when their bubble has burst so I’m a bit nervous about playing them first two games.

That said Cardiff last year were no issue so maybe it’s just my natural pessimism coming through….. – Join the conversation, click here.

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