Ahead of Saturday's game against Bournemouth at The Hawthorns, we spoke again with Cherries' fan Peter from the Bournemouth blog Cherry Chimes.
He gives us his views on his club's season so far, their survival prospects, and more. You can also follow Peter on twitter @PeterBell19.

I'd imagine Bournemouth's last couple of results surpassed all expectations? Did any supporters honestly expect to have picked up six points off Chelsea and Manchester United?

I would not go as far as expecting all six points, but I was not alone in telling other fans that AFC Bournemouth were playing well and could get something out of at least one of those games. I know it sounds crazy to people reading this, but when you watch the team every week and see how they fought against Swansea and Everton it was on the cards that a big result was coming so I was not that surprised - just pleased that the players delivered what they had been promising to do. Once the win came against Chelsea and we could see how deflated Man Utd were, after going out of the Championship League, plus their injury problems which gave them a very inexperiences back four, I made the Cherries as favourites to win the game against them at home.

How would you view your season so far? Better or worse than expected?

It's been really exciting and even when results have not gone our way it has been good to see the team go up against some of the best players in the Premier League and the stadiums that we've only seen on TV before. I have probably been to more away games than I expected, but AFC Bournemouth fans just want to live every minute of the season and show their appreciation of the team. 

If you are asking if the Premier League falls short in any way then I'd just say that it is very different to the Championship, which is a real football marathon. I think we have seen that you have to get a good start in the Premier League as the games go quickly. We have been lucky that most of our matches have stayed at the traditional 3 O'Clock kick off time on a Saturday and the TV and newspaper coverage the club has had just been amazing. So I'd say the Premier League has lived up to expectations but I also think that AFC Bournemouth and the other promoted teams have added something to it this season.

We're almost at the half-way stage of the season, how confident of Premier League survival are you now?

Before a ball was kicked I said the Cherries would finish 14th.  When we on the back end of a four match losing streak in November I was just hoping that the team could get out of the bottom three and perhaps end the season in 17th, especially with the injuries that the team has suffered. Now I am back to thinking there is no reason why the team can't do even better in the second half of the season and the run of fixture we have at the back end of the season don't seem quite as frightening now that Chelsea and Man Utd have been beaten. The January transfer window will be very important though and Eddie Howe will need to try and keep the momentum going.  As long as he does that we'll be fine.

How much of a blow was the loss of Callum Wilson?

It took Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall a good while to find a way of getting the team to play effectively again up front after we lost Callum Wilson in the Stoke City away game.  Callum was flying and had five goals under his belt already and as he was the chief striker the team needed a rethink in how it was going to go about getting goals. It was not just Callum though that affected the balance of the team - we've lost Max Gradel and Tommy Elphick who were also regular starters. So changes were made in going to a five-man midfield when Harry Arter was ready to come back into the team and Simon Francis has moved from right back to centre half, which has allowed Adam Smith to get some starts. So there has been a lot of changes compared to last season.

Are the club likely to be active during the January transfer window and if so what positions should they be looking to strengthen?

Eddie Howe has said that he will be looking to bring players in of the right quality and for the right price but he has said it is a very difficult window to operate in and that he would be happy if he just kept the squad together. It is always helpful to buy in a 20-goal a season striker of course, but Josh King and Glenn Murray are hitting form. I suspect the club will try to get another striker in, but Eddie's favourite buys are always wingers and I can almost guarantee that the club signs a new wide man this window.  A powerful central midfielder might also be tempting and Jonathan de Guzman at Napoli, and ex-Swansea player,  is the man everyone has been talking about coming in since last summer. I don't expect additions to the back four or keeper even if the team has found it hard to prevent goals and get clean sheets. Eddie's emphasis is on attack and at least captain Tommy Elphick should be able to come back into the team in January.

Who's caught the eye for the Cherries so far this season?

The early matches were certainly good for Matt Ritchie on the right wing and he scored a corking goal against Sunderland, but of late everyone has been impressed by Junior Stanislas on the left wing who has now scored five goals. He is quick and links up extremely well with Josh King who has also grown into the role of being the main striker. I don't think we have seen the best of Harry Arter yet either in centre midfield. He's just warming up. In the last two matches as well, I have to say Artur Boruc has been incredible so it is not a case of one player in particular finding form but the team in general has started to find its feet at this level now.

Anyone been particularly disappointing?

Not really. There was the Man City and Tottenham games when Artur Boruc and Adam Federici had their moments shall we say, but they have more than made up for those individual errors since with some brilliant match saving saves in other games. Individual errors as a whole are the only thing that have been disappointing, but they happen for every team.

Prediction for Bournemouth's season?

I'll stick with my original pre-season prediction of 14th place. 

Prediction for Albion's season?

Tricky! Albion have always been in games and have been competitive so I see them as a good bet for a safe mid-table finish - I'll say 12th 

Premier League champs?

My pre-season pick was Arsenal and although I'd love Leicester City to do it I think it will be between Man City and Arsenal and it's about time Wenger did it.


My picks back in August were - Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland. I'll stick withe these but if Swansea don't get the right manager in and Norwich don't start picking up points I think they could both easily replace Newcastle and Sunderland.

Thoughts on and prediction for Saturday's game? How are Bournemouth likely to line up?

I felt a few weeks ago that the Cherries would need to be on 19 points before Christmas Day to give themselves a good chance of staying up and they are just three points off that now. Still, I feel this game though will be harder than the last two games for the Cherries and it could be a bit of a goal thriller. I'm going for 3-3 and a point apiece.

AFCB Line up (4-5-1)

Boruc (GK),

Smith (RB), Francis (CH), Cook (CH), Daniels (LB), 

Ritchie (RW), Arter (CM), Gosling (CM), Surman (CM), Stanislas (LW), 

King (FW)


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