Year Formed

1890

Stadium

Dean Court

Capacity

11,464
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2015/16

Bournemouth’s debut season in the Premier League was memorable not just for proving the doubters wrong by avoiding relegation but also for the manner they accomplished it. Most promoted teams set up not to lose but the Cherries played to win and along the way got the scalps of Chelsea and Manchester United.

 

How they fared last season

Wins against relegation foes Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland were key to Bourne-mouth’s survival but a six-game unbeaten run featuring victories over Manchester United and Chelsea also contributed. The Cherries also became the first newly promoted side to win away at the reigning champions since Bolton’s win against Manchester United in 2001/02.

45
number of goals
scored last season
67
number of goals
conceded last season
1
red card
53
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Bournemouth combine an impressive work rate with technical playing ability. Their strong teamwork ethic results in an aggressive pressing game that limits the opposition and strangles the space in midfield. This is exemplified by the midfield pairing of Harry Arter and Andrew Surman who averaged more than 12 km per game.

As a collective, the Cherries cover more ground per game than any side in the Premier League and, when it comes to short high-intensity sprints, only Liverpool and Tottenham record better figures.

Eddie Howe’s men also cherish possession and were ranked in the top 10 for pass completion, possession and chances created. Only Arsenal and Everton completed more dribbles.

They have also added new depth to their defence with former Chelsea recruit Nathan Ake joining them in the off season. Their defensive duo of Simon Francis and one time England prospect Charlie Daniels are capable of creating goals after producing nine assists between them last season.

 

Weaknesses

Bournemouth’s high-pressing, short-passing game is effective with the score at 0-0 or when they’ve taken a lead, but when they go a goal down, their playing philosophy comes undone.

With all that energy exerted chasing down the opposition the Cherries’ lack of a plan B was costly. When the opposition scored first, they managed to pick up just one point throughout the whole Premier League campaign.

However, a more direct style of play isn’t Eddie Howe’s style. Not having the ability to spend big in the transfer market on players who can create and score goals will limit Bournemouth’s tactics.

Second-season syndrome might also kick in as the opposition know their tactics and they won’t have the element of surprise.

Losing winger Mathew Ritchie to Newcastle will cost Bournemouth while the tally of 15 goals between strikers Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Benik Afobe needs to improve. If Wilson can stay fit though, he could be the new Jamie Vardy.

 

Formations

Last season Bournemouth played either a 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1 and relied on their midfield three to press and harass the opposition, they play a short passing game and don’t give away possession cheaply.

 

Star Player

South African born Andrew Surman is Bournemouth’s star player. The deep lying midfielder encapsulated the ethos of manager Eddie Howe, playing every minute of every game last season.

Surman’s stats show that he passes the ball better than anyone in the league except Cesc Fabregas. Except for Liverpool’s James Milner, no one covered more ground per game than the 29-year-old and he was also the first player to top 300km.

The central midfielder also ranks sixth in total touches per game while his ability in defence is also noteworthy, leading the league in interceptions along with his Cherries teammate Simon Francis who came in second.

Surman won’t score the goals or get the assists but without his contribution to the Cherries’ cause last season, the south coast side may not have been such a force.

 

Eddie Howe

Manager

Eddie Howe’s star has risen so high that the Bournemouth manager was considered a contender for the vacant England manager's job.

Howe’s achievements with the Cherries are remarkable. Within four seasons he took Bournemouth from League Two where they started on -17 points all the way to the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Howe not only managed to avoid the drop with the lowest wage bill in the Premier League, but he did it by playing an attractive brand of football. The former Cherries defender’s attacking philosophy even caught the eye of rival manager Ronald Koeman who singled him out for praise.

It’s obvious how much Howe’s team love playing for him and how much the Cherries’ fans worship the 38 year old. Can they cement their place in the top flight for the long-term?