It’s been a poor start to the season for Bournemouth with no points from their first 4 matches and they’re only kept off the bottom of the table by virtue that they’ve scored a goal, where as Crystal Palace are yet to find the back of the net.
In the 2 games they’ve played at home so far this season, they lost rather surprisingly 2 – 0 to Watford; who only managed to finish 1 place above the relegation zone last year, but have started this season much better, currently sitting 4th in the table and 2 -1 to Manchester City, who have also started the season well, but only scored the winning goal in the 6th minute of injury time.
Last year Bournemouth finished a creditable 9th in the table and I’m sure everyone around the club was expecting a better start than they’ve had.
Friday night sees them take on newly promoted Brighton in the game being shown live on Sky Sports. It’ll be the first of 2 games in a week, played between the clubs, as they’ll be doing it all again on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup.
Brighton lost their first 2 matches after promotion to the Premier League, but now seem to have got to grip with things better and they followed up a good away point at Watford (who were down to 10 men for 66 minutes of the match) with their first win in the Premier League, at home to WBA.
In their more recent games at home to Brighton, Bournemouth have held the upper hand with 2 wins and a draw, with the most recent being a 3 -2 win in The Championship in November 2014. A season that saw Bournemouth promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history and Brighton finish a lowly 20th.
Despite their poor start to the season I fancy Bournemouth to finally get their season started and take all 3 points in the Friday night encounter.