Bournemouth’s capital woes to pick up at Craven Cottage

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AFC Bournemouth haven’t looked back since winning promotion to the Championship, narrowly missing out on a play-off spot last year and still fighting for promotion this time round.

However, despite the Cherries’ lofty position trips to London haven’t brought fond memories for the south coast side, with just one win in seven attempts.

Eddie Howe’s men have lost to Watford, Brentford, Millwall, Charlton and QPR in that time, to take just four points from a possible 21 available in the capital.

And if Bournemouth’s promotion dreams are to be realised then this worrying trend will need to be put to bed starting with a trip to Craven Cottage on Friday night.

Fortunately for the Dean Court outfit, the recent game with Wolves saw a return to winning ways and with Fulham losing to Watford Howe will hope to build some momentum for the closing stages of the season.

Bournemouth ended a five-game run without a win when sending Wolves packing 2-1 and after beating Fulham 2-0 in the reverse fixture, Howe will be confident of picking up a result.

The Cherries have now lost just four of their last 15 games on the road in the league and while the Cottagers recently picked up an impressive win over promotion-chasing Derby, that was their only victory in their last 10 attempts.

However, with Bournemouth conceding in six of their last seven games many could be tempted by the Ladbrokes Price Boost that has seen a Cherries win with both teams scoring move from 3/1 to 4/1.

And the man most likely to put Fulham to the sword? On current form it has to be Yann Kermorgant. Callum Wilson may be the club’s top scorer this season but the 33-year-old Frenchman is in something of a purple patch, netting five goals in his last seven games including a brace in the win over Wolves last time out.

The former Charlton man can be backed 11/2 to score the opener, something he has done six times so far this season, or 8/5 to add to his tally of 13 at any time.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.