I'd like to know what Eddie Howe has found out. Looking at Forest's defeat this season against top-sitting Burnley, they were undone by the alertness of Danny Ings who we know all about, and our strikers will have been trained in the same manner. Ing's second was a flicked header from a set-piece, while his first was a volley. The sharpness of Championship strikers to finish given a moments opportunity is what it is all about. If Grabban is fit enough to play after his heel injury we know he has these qualities and if not then Pitman may well be the perfect type of player to nip in front of the Forest defence, when the ball is in the box.
I was interested to hear that Tony Mowbray said that Forest nullified Middlesbrough's passing game which may be a problem for AFCB if we can't zip the ball around quickly enough, but Forest also like knocking plenty of high balls into the opposition's area and AFCB have dealt with that kind of pressure from Wigan for example fairly well.
Another Forest game that gives me confidence for AFCB is actually a match they won against Derby County. If Forest had not scored from a corner they would have been frustrated from a 10-man opposition team at home, who fashioned almost as many chances as Forest. They also give away a lot of fouls, if the Derby game is anything to go by. Ryan Fraser could be a real problem for Forest when he gets into the box and I expect Eddie Howe will be telling Fraser to do exactly that - run at their defence near and around the box.
What I am trying to say is that it is all on the day. While the top six teams could open up a gap on the following teams this weekend, I think Bournemouth are one of the teams that can upset the bookies' odds and get an away win. The fact that AFCB have scored in all their games means that they are likely to get at least one goal. The test is whether they can keep a clean sheet at the other end which has been far harder for the Cherries to do on the road.
Whatever the result today enjoy the game and come and listen to me after the game on Michael Dunne's podcast - All Departments - when I'll try to give an honest opinion of where it all went so right or so wrong!
|An early start for Robert heading up to Nottingham.|
|Cherry Chimes also looks sleepy this morning.|