This was a spicy old contest last season.
Had VAR been operational, the eventual 1-1 scoreline would probably have been very different.
For starters, both of the penalties Bournemouth were awarded would have been overturned. The first was a dive with zero contact and the second was given despite the foul being clearly outside the area.
OK, they missed the second of those spot-kicks anyway but the opening goal is always so important and shaped the pattern of the game.
Outside of those contentious moments, a draw was the fair result with the Cherries posing a significant threat in the latter stages and Wolves controlling the early exchanges prior to that iffy penalty award.
With one goal separating the sides in the table, this is another one that could easily be decided by a moment of brilliance, calamity or injustice.
I always think of Bournemouth as being an attacking outfit, but they’ve actually built a decent season around defensive stability.
They’ve scored a relatively modest 15 goals (one fewer than Wolves) but only conceded 15 (the same as Wolves), which is better than everyone lower down and a few of the teams above.
It’s still the usual suspects in attack with Callum Wilson (5) and Josh King (3) doing their damage, but Liverpool loanee and deadball specialist Harry Wilson has also netted four times.
King is likely ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty though, which could well prove a decisive blow for a team who haven’t been as fluent in attack as previous years.
They went down 2-1 to Newcastle prior to the international break despite taking the lead at St. James’ Park and Eddie Howe didn’t hide his disappointment.
“They punished our sloppy mistakes. In the end we created chances, but did not put them away. We had the initiative of the game, but gave it away, I felt we should have kept the ball better and we need to learn from it. We are looking for consistency; backing up a great win with another one, and today we missed an opportunity. This result will really hurt for the next two weeks.”
The home end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on a popular Bournemouth forum.
Could be a similar game to Newcastle. They play 3 centre backs in a deep system with lots of pace on the counter. They have a lot more quality too. That shouldn’t be too worrying. We were a better team than Newcastle but we lost concentration and threw the game away with sloppy passing, poor finishing and more typical AFCB style defending. If we can put a full 90 mins performance in we can win this.
Wolves slowly and quietly moving up the table after a poor start. We’re stop start at the moment. Tricky match to call.
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Look like it has been confirmed that we will be without Lerma and King against Wolves as Lerma played against Ecuador Wednesday night and will have to travel back and so will be over tired (like last time). King is confirmed as injured. Without these two this will mean another loss on Saturday followed by a likely humiliation away at Spurs who will be out to impress Mourinho. God help us!
Fingers crossed Traore has recovered from the injury that kept him out of the Spain squad and assuming fitness and availability of all key personnel the team should pick itself.
The lads played with great intensity and desire from the off against Villa so hopefully that can become a more regular thing as we’ve too often been slow out the blocks.
Quality is not in short supply and if fatigue doesn’t hamper those who’ve been jetting off to represent their country, we should have a great chance of getting a result.
Front of the queue should changes be necessary would be Vinagre, Neto (a possible injury doubt), Bennett or Cutrone.
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