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Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth (A)

2 November 2021

PNE head to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening to face the Championship's unbeaten league leaders AFC Bournemouth.

Match Information
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Date: Wednesday 3rd November, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 16/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale from the ticket office until 10am on Wednesday morning, with full details regarding pricing and travel here.

Uncollected tickets can be picked up on the night from the Vitality Stadium from the main ticket office, but there will be no away sales there on the day of the game.

For those not making the journey, the game will be available to be watch live on iFollow PNE from around the world for a £10 match pass. Subscribe here.

PNE Team News

Frankie McAvoy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he will have the same squad available to him as he did at the weekend.

Ched Evans is back running on grass, but this and the following game against Nottingham Forest will come too soon for his return, and Josh Murphy is also out with an ankle injury.

Matthew Olosunde is also set to miss out, with long-term absentees Izzy Brown and Connor Wickham also sidelined.

The Opposition


After being beaten in the Play-Off semi-finals last season, AFC Bournemouth look well on track to return to the Premier League this term.

Scott Parker, the man who earned Fulham promotion in the 2019/20 campaign, has taken over the Cherries and immediately found success.

They’re yet to be beaten so far in the Championship, with their only defeat in all competitions being a heavy one, losing 6-0 to Norwich City in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Key Stats

The Cherries’ stats for the season really just speak for themselves, with 11 victories from their 15 games, scoring 26 goals in that time while conceding just eight at the other end.

With 37 points from a possible 15, they are averaging almost 2.5 points per game – a quite remarkable ratio.

North End have had a good record against their hosts on Wednesday in recent years, though, going six unbeaten, with the last defeat coming in League One in 2012.

Our Last Meeting

PNE went to the Vitality Stadium in December last year and earned a brilliant 3-2 victory over second-placed AFC Bournemouth.

North End went three ahead after 68 minutes, with one of those strikes being the club's goal of the season as Scott Sinclair lobbed the ‘keeper from 40 yards.

The Cherries threatened a comeback with two late goals, but PNE held on for the three points.

Man In The Middle


David Webb, who has been an EFL referee since 2008, will take charge of this fixture.

North End have good recent memories playing with Webb in charge, with the last game he oversaw being the 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in February.

Webb has been the main official in 13 games so far this term, showing 54 yellow cards and one red in that period.

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