Opposition report: AFC Bournemouth

Blues will be looking for their fifth away win of the season at the Vitality Stadium.


A closer look at the Cherries....


Bournemouth head into this afternoon's game bottom of the Sky Bet Championship form table, having won none of their past five league fixtures. 

Their last victory came over a month ago - a 1-0 away win over Stoke City but before that, the Cherries had their sights firmly set on the automatic promotion places.

They've since slipped to 6th in the table and are 13 points away from league leaders Norwich City. 


It's been a busy few days on the South Coast after the sacking of Jason Tindall, who left after four consecutive defeats. 

Caretaker manager Jonathan Woodgate finds himself in temporary charge having only joined the club as a new first-team coach on Monday. 

The 41-year-old will take the reigns against Blues in his first fixture, whilst the Bournemouth hierarchy begin the process to find a new full-time head coach. 

Prior to his time on the South Coast, Woodgate spent a year managing his boyhood side Middlesbrough, having also played for the Teesiders as a defender. His reign in-charge at the Riverside was fairly short-lived though - he was relieved of his duties in June this year, having joined the club in the same month the year before. 


Jack Wilshire is back on the South Coast after a loan spell there in 2016. He'd been without a club after leaving Arsenal last October but penned a deal at the Vitality until the end of the season in January.

Since then, the midfielder has featured three times and is gradually beginning to force his way into the first-team, starting their last game - a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. 

On his day, Wilshire is reactive, extremely able and an extremely good passer of the ball. But for the 29-year-old, this spell is about regaining confidence after a spell out of the game entirely. 

Wilshire was part of the Arsenal team defeated by Blues in the 2011 League Cup final. 


An in-form Bournemouth team were the winners at St. Andrew's when the sides last met, beating Blues 3-1 in November.

David Brooks' double helped the Cherries on their way, as they moved up to fourth in the table after the win. Arnaut Danjuma scored the other, whilst Scott Hogan got Blues' goal. 


Blues and Bournemouth have only met 19 times over the years, with their first meeting coming as recently as 1987 in the Second Division. 

That game ended in a 1-1 draw and since then, there have been 3 Blues wins, 3 more draws and 12 victories for the Cherries.


There are two theories debated as to why AFC Bournemouth are known as the Cherries. The first - and perhaps more likely reason - is that the club adopted their cherry red striped shirts in 1910, twenty years after the team was formed. 

But the second theory that's discussed amongst Bournemouth fans centres on the location of the stadium. 

Dean Court, known now as the Vitality Stadium, was built next to the Cooper-Dean estate in the town and was known for it's many cherry orchards.