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Bournemouth Preview in Association with EZE Group

Gary Rowett’s Blues travel to Bournemouth today knowing that a win could see mathematical certainty from relegation following Good Friday’s win over Rotherham United. The Blues will be itching for revenge after Bournemouth’s mammoth 8-0 hammering of Blues in October.


Eddie Howe’s men lie second in the table on 74 points and will be looking to firm up their promotion hopes with Norwich and Watford both only a point behind. The Cherries haven’t lost at home since January 10 and have scored nine goals in their last three games at the Goldsands Stadium.

Midfielder Marc Pugh could miss out with an ankle injury while Kenwyne Jones could make his first start on loan after scoring off the bench on Friday.


Despite winning on Friday it’s easily possible that Gary Rowett will want to freshen things up. Dimmi Gray may drop to the bench to give the youngster a rest and Lloyd Dyer, who was impressive in his cameo could be given a start. Loanee Diego Fabbrini could come in for Andrew Shinnie and midfielder David Davis could replace Stephen Gleeson.

As much as I would love revenge for that 8-0 tonking I think I’d be happy to take a draw today; Bournemouth are a good side with 100 goals in all competitions this season and I don’t think our defence is good enough to shut them out.


This is a tough one to call – I’d be looking at Paul Caddis as anytime goalscorer as I think our best chance in scoring may be from the spot and he’s 13/2 anytime goalscorer with BetVictor. You can help the site by placing any bet you want to via this link.


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29 Responses to “Bournemouth Preview in Association with EZE Group”

  • Anthony says:

    0-8 to birmingham city ha ha

  • Dave Mann says:

    Sitting on Bournemouth pier having a beer and enjoying the warm sunshine . Lets do a Real Madrid and score 9 to make up for the home leg .. Joking aside ide be happy with a draw and no mistake .. Enjoying myself immensely. Kro

  • Tony E says:

    Would gladly settle for a draw, I think their attack will be far too strong for our defence. Here’s hoping.

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  • StaffsBlue says:

    Pugh was the guy who scored a hat trick against us in the home game.. so good for us if he’s out.

    We could, potentially, play 9 of the players who took part in that drubbing, if Robbo came back in today… but would Rowett put that much trust in them all? Unlikely. It will be a game of keeping it tight and playing on the break. Rowett has hinted that Gray will be on the bench. I think the only issues would be Kiernan or Robbo? Gleeson or Tesche? Shinnie or Fabbrini? Bearing in mind Rowett appears not to be the type to usually take chances, I doubt the team will look much different to this: (I’m going 2-2)

    Randolph, Caddis, Morrison, Kiernan, Grounds, Cotterill, Tesche, Davis, Dyer, Fabbrini, Donaldson.

  • paulieboy says:

    Ok lock me away if you think I have lost my senses, but I’m going for a 2-0 Blues win today.
    Roll on next season with new owners and sensible monies to spend on quality rather than the average players we have and its “Happy Days” KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Other than Robbo in for Kiernan, it’s the usual XI. Fabbrini out after damaging his nose in training… so he only has 6 games max to make an impression.

    • paulieboy says:

      I’m having reservations about the guy Fabbrini seems odd he hasn’t featured to-date, why wouldn’t Watford want him in the their final run in at such a crucial time, now a training incident etc etc – Hope this isn’t the avenue of the calibre of players we are having to continue going down whilst we attempt to get CY and his crew out of Blues?
      Robinson is a liability, Bournemouth front runners must be thinking its Xmas already(this is one of the players we need to get rid of during the summer break).
      All said and done I think we will still win today, albeit now marginally as “Captain Chaos” is now back in the back 4!! KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Robinson, beaten for two goals and sent off. Well worth a place in the team then.

    How can we play so well in first halves, but abysmal second halves? That should have been sorted long before now.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    What a sad end to Robbo’s playing career.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Bring in your slowest, least mobile, oldest defender against the best pass and move team in the division who we conceded 8 against not so long ago. Takes some working out that one. He shouldn’t have been exposed to that. He is walking red card at the best of times.

  • BluesBlues says:

    Fine margins and poor eyesight by the lines man and referee, poor design for the penalty off side when the ball was played and Robo sending off was very harsh. We are not far off being a half decent team but need two or three decent players to help out the others.

  • auld Bertie says:

    One reason we lost: The referee. Absolutely atrocious and always giving decisions to Bournemouth. Ut would be nice to have a homer just for once at Stans. Won’t let it spoil the rest of my weekend here though. Weather lovely beer good football…

  • Tony says:

    Well I was not there, so wait for verdicts from those that were,one thing I picked up from talk sport was Randolph wasflapping for the first goal we should have cleared it.
    Poor old Robbo surely he knows better than anyone that his time is up hes a disaster waiting to happen

  • Tony says:

    Great credit to the fans I could hear them chanting clearly, at times they outshouted the home fans.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    “We have got to be a little bit stronger in terms of our mentality,” said Rowett.

    How about a hell of a lot stronger? This has been going on far too long – this season and last – and it’s time it was sorted out. We can’t keep gifting sides goals and wins after playing well early doors.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Occasionally we have to put our hands up and admit we were beaten by a better side,
    They have scored 87 goals this season with still 5 games to go and top the divison on merit.
    The Blues’ team is work in progress and it is testimony to our progress that we went 2 up against a club that put 8 past us 6 months ago.
    The kindest thing you can say about Robinson’s selection is that it was for sentimental reasons.

  • Berkshire Blue says:

    It was a game of two halves – unfortunately our half only lasted 35 minutes. Great ball from Shinnie and great finish by Donaldson for the first goal and great finish by Cotterill for the second where he showed great intent. People moan about Cotterill but without his goals and assists we’d be struggling this season. For me the turning point was when Donaldson was through and his attempt was cleared off the line. Their first goal came from a corner – when it came over I thought Randolph should have made it his, he didn’t and they scored. Their second was on the stroke of half time and Robbo was at fault – too slow and it was the start of another nightmare for him. That gave Bournemouth all the momentum and the writing was on the wall. Yet again we conceded shortly into the second half – Robbo giving away a penalty. The second half then was mainly all Bournemouth and they added a fourth via the crossbar. Robbo completed his nightmare by being sent off – in his last three starts we have conceded 12 goals – I can only hope the reason why Rowett wants to sign him up for next season is for coaching purposes – I just don’t think he can cut it playing wise at this level anymore. Randolph made some terrific late saves to keep it to four and Bournemouth hit the bar. Gray, Thomas and Kiernan came on for Dyer, Donaldson and Shinnie – Bournemouth fans must have wondered why they bid £5m for Gray as he struggled after his introduction. Blues MOTM for me was Donaldson – great work rate, great holding up of the ball and an excellent finish. Finally a word on Bournemouth – they attack very well and their heads didn’t drop when they were two down, but with a bit more application and luck we would have got something out of this.

  • paulieboy says:

    Poor excuses from Rowett, clearly he needs an older more experienced assistant that has managed at this level at least and can guide a young manager through as he comes to terms with a club 2 leagues above where he was, and calm him down from getting involved with “touchline incidents” like he did again today.
    I question his reasons behind why he brought Calamity Robinson in when Eddie Howe clearly saw how he struggled when they beat us 8-0 and then brings him back for todays embarrassing display, and to cap it wants him as part of next seasons coaching team??? WHY????
    To much tinkering with the team doesn’t help but appreciate that with limited skilful players then he has to experiment but has to make sure pre season he brings in much better players that what is there at present, albeit money and club ownership will determine how far he can go with this key objective

  • Bluenosesol says:

    Another sitter miss by Donaldson costs us dearly, another Robinson howler costs us dearly. Donaldson can be forgiven as he otherwise had a great game, but GR needs to be careful as the inclusion of old man Robbo against the fastest forwards in the league is making people question his judgement. on that point, why oh why did Dyer get a start today?

  • Vicarpoof says:

    On another note, I don’t think Lee Clark will be running to the Blackpool crowd on the last day of the season quite as dramatically as he did with Blues :)

    Relegation… that’s what you neeeeeeeed, if you wanna be a Record Breakeeeeeer!

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    If there was a game to bring Robbo back this was not it. Callum Wilson is rapid and Robbos old legs were always going to struggle. Wasn’t this point made made clear when we lost 0-8? Even the BM made reference to it in their match report I seem to remember. I know GR wasn’t at Blues then but somebody could have been a bit more honest and told him they were skined alive by Wilson that day.

  • Dave Mann says:

    For half an hour brilliant , for the other hour awfull , that sums it up to be honest , our support incredible . Kro

  • Blue Lizard says:

    Time for Robbo to take his coaching Badge or step down the leagues ..(Blackpool might take him) GR says we had a point to prove?.well we did that… we are well off the pace and will only beat struggling sides which thankfully there are a few…he needs a serious overhaul in the close season and some of those whos contracts are up should be wished well in the future wherever it may be….good weekend fecking ruined!!

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