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Match Previews

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, canaries.co.uk 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.

Head-to-head

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 canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Canary fans can also sign up to the Norwich City WhatsApp group to receive the starting line-up ahead of the game sent straight to your phone, as well as the half-time and full-time score and game highlights. Click HERE to sign up.

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Match Reports

Canaries hold firm in goalless Bournemouth draw

19 October 2019

Norwich City earned their first away point of the season, sharing the spoils in a 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

A late flurry of pressure from the Cherries amounted to naught, as Alex Tettey and Ibrahim Amadou took care of everything that came their way.

In a drab, uneventful first half, Bournemouth had a fair share of the game's early chances with the Cherries winning a handful of corners and free-kicks, but unable to keep any of their shots below the crossbar, with Diego Rico and Philip Billing both guilty of blazing volleys well over.

Teemu Pukki showed good footwork and linkup play with Moritz Leitner down the left wing in the 16th minute, but the corner that was won as a result was sent straight into the gloves of Aaron Ramsdale by Emiliano Buendia.

Having weathered a spell of Bournemouth dominance, at least as far as possession is concerned inside the first 15 minutes, City began to grow into the game. Pukki made a good run in behind the Cherries' defence and was picked out by Leitner in the 18th minute, but was flagged for offside.

In the best chance of the first half, Tim Krul made an important stop to keep the scores level, denying Dominic Solanke who had been played through on goal via the deft backward flick of Callum Wilson. It was a save you'd expect the Dutchman to make, but vital nonetheless.

As the first half wore on, both Bournemouth and Norwich demonstrated a lack of ball retention, frequently giving it away when approaching the final thirds. It wouldn't have been a great watch for the neutral, but 0-0 would certainly favour Daniel Farke's side more than the hosts.

One of the highlights of the half from a Norwich point of view occurred when Leitner broke up play with a well-timed challenge on the battling Billing before nut-megging the referee and sending Pukki on his way.

Bournemouth looked like they might get another chance late on in the opening 45 as they began to bring the ball deep in City's half more frequently, but Amadou and Tettey marshalled the back-line well and saw to any danger Eddie Howe's men posed.

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Norwich may have thought their worst injury troubles were behind them ahead of this game, so it was disappointing to see Ben Godfrey hobble off with an injury early in the second half, as Farke introduced Trybull in his place. Tettey then dropped into defence alongside Amadou.

The game began to liven up from 55 minutes onwards, as Todd Cantwell sent City on the counter to win a corner, which Amadou headed just over the bar. In truth, the match had needed a lift and the City fans began to find their voice in a tasty encounter.

Bournemouth went close at the other end when a delightful dink from Rico was flicked towards goal by Callum Wilson, but Krul was relieved to see it trickle just wide of his left post.

Leitner was next to have a go for the visitors, playing a nice one-two with Max Aarons and sending a shot from distance well wide of Ramsdale's goal, but neither side looked intent on playing for a 0-0 draw.

It was then that City's best chance of the second half was presented. Pukki found himself in time and space to have a pop from distance, unleashing a venomous low strike with his right foot. Ramsdale showed excellent reflexes, however, to get down quickly to his right and parry it round the post.

After Kenny McLean scooped an effort high and wide, Arnaut Danjuma had a promising chance for the Cherries, cutting inside from the left wing and curling one towards goal with his right foot, but Krul got all of his body behind it and caught the ball well.

Onel Hernandez, returning from injury, came on for Cantwell with around ten minutes to play, and immediately darted down the left wing before playing the ball inside to Buendia. He picked out Tom Trybull who had a go from distance with a powerful strike that was smacked just wide.

Bournemouth mounted a late assault on City's goal, peppering Krul with a flurry of efforts and crosses, but Farke's defence held firm, Amadou and Tettey nodding away everything that came their way.

AFC Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith, Steve Cook (C), Ake, Rico, Harry Wilson (Danjuma 69'), Lewis Cook, Billing, Fraser, Callum Wilson, Solanke (King 62')
Subs not used: Boruc, Francis, Mepham, Kelly, Surman
Goals: 
Bookings: Smith (70')

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey (Trybull 50'), Amadou, Lewis, Tettey (C), Buendia, Leitner (Srbeny 89'), McLean, Cantwell (Hernandez 80'), Pukki
Subs not used: McGovern, Byram, Stiepermann, Drmic
Goals: 
Bookings: Lewis (29'), McLean (68'), Pukki (86')

Referee: Lee Mason
Kick-off time: 3pm
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Attendance: 
HT: 0-0

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Ticket News

Ticket News: AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City

18 September 2019

Tickets for Norwich City’s trip to AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League will go on sale from Tuesday, September 24 at 9am.

The match at Vitality Stadium will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, October 19. We have taken the full away allocation of 1,300 tickets for this fixture.

Tickets will be priced at:

Adults £30
Under-21s, 65+, students in full time education £17

Coach travel is priced at £40 with a £1 discount for away members and season ticket holders. 

Tickets will be available for purchase via the following sales windows:

Priority Window – Tuesday, September 24 (9am)
Away Premier Members – Wednesday, September 25 (9am)
Away Standard Members – Thursday, September 26 (9am)
Season Ticket Holders – Friday, September 27 (9am)
General Sale – Monday, September 30 (9am)

Tickets are subject to availability.

Supporters under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one) or at the Carrow Road ticket office.

Fans can secure their seat ahead of these tickets going on sale with one of our VIP Away Day packages. Click here to find out more.

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