AFC Bournemouth is not a Premier League household name, but the club is slowly earning respect in England’s top division. Formed in 1890 as Boscombe St. John’s Institute F.C., the club rebranded itself in 1899 as Boscombe F.C. In 1923, the team changed to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic F.C., before settling on its current name in 1972. Most of Bournemouth’s success has come in the Second Division, where they won the title in 2014-15 to earn promotion to the Premiership for the first time.
Bournemouth are proving they are no one-season wonder and expect a long and fruitful Premier League journey. They play slick, appealing football and are led by one of the younger, brilliant minds of the sport, Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth, or the Cherries as they’re also known, have won third and fourth tier championships as well as the Southern League title. They also captured the League Football Trophy during the 1983-84 season. Bournemouth has played its home matches at Dean Court since 1910 — a stadium with a capacity of just over 11,400.
Ron Eyre, who played with Bournemouth from 1924 to 1933, is the franchise’s leader in all-time league scoring with 202 goals. Ted MacDougall holds the record for most goals scored in a single season with 42 during the 1970-71 Division Four campaign.
Steve Fletcher played for Bournemouth from 1992 to 2007 and remains the club’s all-time leader in appearances, with 493.
Bournemouth Betting Lines Today
A key ingredient in any betting strategy is betting lines. Check frequently to see where the current lines for Bournemouth's next game are, and evaluate which bet suits the lines best.
The game schedule is a lethal weapon for any bettor. You can find fragile points in the season and capitalize on them. Check for stints where Bournemouth play at home against weaker opponents.
Bournemouth Standings Right Now
Bournemouth still aren't guranteed Premier League status and will have to fight tooth and nail in the coming seasons to ensurey they don't go back from whence they came.
How To Win At Bournemouth Betting
Bovada had Bournemouth among the favorites to be relegated with a line of +275 prior to the 2016-17 season. But the Cherries staved off any relegation concerns and will play their third consecutive season in England's top division. You'd have to think, by the last two seasons as reference, that Bournemouth should have enough to stay in the Premier League.
But they will certainly be in tough, and nothing is guaranteed in one of the most competitive leagues in any sport. Bournemouth, with 46 points, finished in the top half of the standings for the first time in history, a remarkable achievement for such a small club.
The Cherreis weren't measurably better at home or away. They were solid and consistent no matter where the games were being played, a testament to the way Howe prepares his team. Bournemouth aren't afraid to play an expansive style of play, evinced by their 55 goals. However, Howe must try find some balance in future campaigns, as Bournemouth conceded 67 goals, the fifth most in the top flight.
If this kind of trend continues, look to back the over market no matter where the game is being played. Bournemouth play an attractive, offensive game but are often split wide open at the back. This is great for bettors, who can make predictions without really scratching the surface.
If Bournemouth can keep their team intact, they have a good chance to remain in the top half of the table in coming seasons. Callum Wilson, the Cherries talisman, missed a large chunk of the 2016-17 season through injury and will be sitting on pins and needles with anticipation for the coming season. If he can stay healthy, the one-two punch of him and Joshua King should guide this team farther and farther away from relegation danger.