The Bournemouth Cherries haven’t lost a match in their last 5 attempts, and if they wish to continue that streak, they will have to do it without one of their top mid-fielders, Andrew Surman. Surman injured his knee earlier in the week, after colliding with a goal keeper during Bournemouth’s match against the Southampton Saints.
Team Manager Eddie Howe discussed the injury with the media, but stressed that the football club wasn’t sure if the knee injury would end Surman’s season or not. “They can be quite nasty injuries, depending on the area and how big the damage to the ligament is,” Howe said. Despite the injury to Surman, Bournemouth FC who is sponsored by Mansion group –the owner of several online casinos such as Casino.com – still has the favored in several of their remaining 13 matches this season. But that could likely change depending on how some of the other players are able to fill the big shoes of the star mid fielder.
Bournemouth’s last match ended in a 2-2 tie against Liverpool (11-1-4), a team that is ranked third in the premier league (Bournemouth is currently ranked 13th, with a record of 7-5-3). If they wish to continue moving up in the standings, they will need more contribution from their reserve mid-fielders, particularly in their next match against top seeded Chelsea.
Chelsea is nearly impossible to beat at home, with a record of 13-2-0, making for a particularly tough task. But Howe thinks the team is up for the challenge. “I think every player’s different and they bring their own influences to the team. They all have their different strengths,” he said when asked about who will need to step up in Surman’s absence. Artur Boruc is one player that has risen to the occasion, with an outstanding goal keeping performance in the draw against Liverpool, which included a crucial save late in the game, sending the potential winning shot over the cross bar.
Bournemouth will miss Surman’s presence mainly on the defensive side of the football, as he has yet to score a goal in the premier league and has tallied only one assist. He is a very good passer, however, with nearly an 86% passing success rate which is among the highest in the Premier league this season.
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