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Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City

18 October 2019

The October international break has come to an end and Premier League football is back this weekend, as Norwich City travel to AFC Bournemouth for Saturday's game at Vitality Stadium (3pm KO).

Our Match Preview includes insight from a local journalist to discuss the opposition in detail, an overview of this fixture’s history, and a look at who will be the man in the middle at Dean Court.

There are also details for City fans travelling to Dorset, including security information, as well as a guide on how to follow the action for those who aren’t at the ground.

The opposition

Much like they did in 2018/19, AFC Bournemouth have got off to an admirable start this season. 11 points from their first eight games see them being brought up in the same conversations at Leicester City and West Ham United as teams that can challenge the top six this year.

Following an opening day draw at home to Sheffield United, in which Billy Sharp scored a late equaliser for the visitors, Bournemouth have beaten all the bottom half teams they've faced with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa, a 3-1 home win against Everton, and a 3-1 win away to Southampton - their first ever three points at St. Mary's Stadium.

There was little to be ashamed of in 3-1 defeats to Manchester City and Leicester, while the Cherries went toe-to-toe with Arsenal in a 1-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium last time out. You're usually guaranteed goals at both ends with Bournemouth, as Eddie Howe's side have scored and conceded 13 so far this season.

Callum Wilson, nominated for the September Premier League Player of the Month award, has been the man making and finishing most of those goals, with five to his name as well as three assists, continuing his hot streak from last season which he ended with 14 goals and 12 assists in the league.

Meanwhile, at the back, Aaron Ramsdale has sorted out a pre-season Asmir Begovic/Artur Boruc dilemma by cementing his place in the starting lineup as Bournemouth's number one, while Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson has kept star player Ryan Fraser out the team for much of this season.

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Since winning the Championship in 2015, Bournemouth haven't been relegated from the top flight, finishing 16th, 9th, 12th, and 14th across four seasons.

Expert view

Earlier in the week, spoke to The Athletic's AFC Bournemouth correspondent, Peter Rutzler, to discuss the Cherries season so far and get his thoughts on Norwich.

"Of course, there will be teething issues for Norwich," he said. "They had a fantastic result by beating Manchester City but of late it’s hit a bit of a molehill, but it’s always a learning process. It’s about balancing and tinkering with that way of playing.

"Daniel Farke is sticking to what he knows with the players he’s worked with. That’s similar to what Eddie Howe did – he stuck to the players who came with him from League One, who are still playing now. It’s all about coaching them and taking them to the next level with the club."

To read the full interview with Peter, click here.


Norwich possess a favourable record against the Cherries, having won 23, drawn 15 and lost 19 of the 57 meetings since October 1923.

Last time they met was last season, when Bournemouth were 2-1 victors in the Carabao Cup. Junior Stanislas gave his side the lead at Vitality Stadium on a cold October night, before Onel Hernandez's second-half equaliser was immediately cancelled out by Steve Cook.

The last time Norwich won at Bournemouth was in the pair's promotion-winning season from the Championship in 2015, as a brilliant Cameron Jerome goal gave the Canaries a 2-1 win against the team then at the top of the league. That win is also our Memorable Match for this week!

Ref watch

Lee Mason will be the man in the middle for Saturday afternoon’s fixture. Mason has overseen three Premier League games, two Championship games and one Carabao Cup game so far this season, handing out 17 yellow cards and one red card across those matches.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game in exactly the same place as this weekend - at Vitality Stadium for the aforementioned Carabao Cup game away to AFC Bournemouth.

For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Matthew Wilkes and Mark Scholes, with Craig Hicks the fourth official. Simon Hooper and Stephen Child will be overseeing VAR.

Info for supporters

There will be a closure along the A34 in Oxfordshire which may have an impact on people travelling to/from the match.

For information on how to get to the ground from Bournemouth's train stations, parking, a stadium plan and guide, info for supporters with disabilities, and a list of prohibited items that supporters aren't able to take into the ground, have a read of AFC Bournemouth's Away Supporters Guide by clicking here.

How to follow 

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.


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