Bournemouth are expected to mark their first Championship match with an easy three points against Charlton tomorrow, at least according to the bookies. The odds are 5/4 a home win, 23/10 draw and 11/5 away win. Coral also have us at 7-1 to be relegated against 10-1 for promotion. Whilst I think we will be neither promoted nor relegated, I think that our chances of promotion are similar to those of relegation.
A possible cloud over tomorrow's match is the referee, Andy D'Urso, the banker from Billericay. We can expect some baffling decisions and they may well favour the home side. It is conceivable that a Charlton player will be sent off for putting in a tackle.
There has been a certain amount of bigging up of Bournemouth as the Championship dark horses, but I think the Four Four Two prediction of a finish in 18th place is about right. Eddie Howe has got them playing well with a combination of brisk passing and dynamic attacking down both flanks, so a lot will depend on Solly and Wiggins. They can pass the ball out from the back well, but I think we may be able to counter attack quite well. In any event I don't think they are invincible and I am expecting an entertaining and closely contested game between two sides who both have strong team spirit. I am going for a 2-2 draw.
Hopefully the Addickted who are going will be in good heart, even if the rapid retreat of the tidal wave of pessimism and negativity experienced earlier in the weekend has left some fans stunned. I am confident that Chris Powell and his team will improve Church and Sordell as players.