It comes as little surprise to learn that Bournemouth are among the teams who have increased most in price since the beginning of last season.
The likes of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson made life much easier for FPL managers, with their 2018/19 starting prices reflecting a team still yet to fully realise their impressive attacking potential. Suffice to say, said potential has now been realised. A price hike feels all too appropriate.
Not every player’s price has been tweaked, however. In this Bournemouth FPL Team Guide for FPL 2019/20, we’ll do a deep dive into how the side ticks and which of their assets managers should be targeting.
What style of football do Bournemouth play?
Bournemouth will be looking to take their impressive consistency into the 2019/20 season.
Not many people expected the Cherries to be pushing for Europa League football when they were promoted five seasons ago, but Eddie Howe has proven many of the sceptics wrong with his likeable brand of football. His tactical adaptation to the Premier League season-by-season has seen the Cherries become a more versatile side, capable of getting results with different playing styles and tempos.
Bournemouth usually line up in a 4-4-1-1 or a 4-4-2, and have shown both an ability to play out from the back and play a more direct game, depending on the tactical nuances of their opposition.
Howe generally favours a more direct approach; seeking penetrating passes into space where possible. This is where they are most dangerous, after all. The runs and pace of Callum Wilson are important in this setup, as is his ability to score a multitude of goal types.
Equally important is the creativity of David Brooks and Ryan Fraser. They can provide a diverse range of passing, ensuring Bournemouth’s attacking movement remains as fluid as possible.
Howe instructs his players to defend in a medium block, rather than pressing all the way up to the opposition goalkeeper. Preferably, this is within a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 shape with the goal of blocking passes into the middle. Against higher quality sides, they’ve also employed a 5-4-1 from time-to-time. Bournemouth’s defensive fragility is most exposed when they’re forced to defend in their own third; especially from crosses.
Last season’s key statistics
Bournemouth hit the ground running last season with 20 points and 19 goals scored in their first 10 gameweeks. Starting November in 6th position, they eventually succumbed to the pressure and, conceding more goals (58) than any other for the remainder of the season, took a nosedive to finish 14th.
The 11.5m pairing of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser were less volatile and provided steady returns throughout the season as The Cherries topped the leaderboard for goals scored on the counter-attack (9).
FPL fixture difficulty
The table above shows the fixture difficulty of Bournemouth’s opening six matches, as determined by our clean sheet tracker and attacking tracker. These difficulty trackers are based on last seasons home/away specific performance statistics. Newly promoted sides statistics have been weighted according to their transitional value.
Who takes penalties for Bournemouth?
Accordingly to our data, Josh King is designated penalty taker for Bournemouth. Callum Wilson is their next in line.
Which Bournemouth players to pick on FPL?
Whilst Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser will remain popular Bournemouth FPL assets for good reason, more affordable options might be the best way into Howe’s side for the cash-strapped FPL manager.
David Brooks is one such option. The Welshman clocked up a respectable points per game of 4.89 last season and, as he matures into this Bournemouth side, only looks set to improve on that.
Josh King, who’s starting price remained static ahead of the 2019/20 season, is another who could attract managers looking for a bargain. The Norwegian is still the first choice penalty taker for the Cherries and enjoyed 12 goals and three assists last campaign.
Keep an eye on Junior Stanislas’ progress too. If he can nail down some minutes following his recovery from a knee issue, he has the talent to become an under-the-radar viable option.
Though FPL managers have never clamoured over Bournemouth’s defence, there are some budget defender options that have caught our eye. Adam Smith (£4.5m) should be assured plenty of game time as Bournemouth’s backline remains injury-plagued and Nathaniel Clyne ends his loan spell.
Another defender, Diego Rico (£4.0m), might be the most promising bench fodder choice in this Bournemouth side. The Spaniard played 606 minutes last season and might find a way into the starting 11 whilst his colleagues continue to recover.