Counter-pressing and breaking their rhythm – how Bristol City can get a result at Bournemouth


Mission Impossible may be overkill for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, but few will expect Bristol City to pull off the surprise.

Somehow it could play into the hands of the Robins without pressure and as we know with the unpredictability of the Championship, a surprise result is never too far around the corner.

Bournemouth enter the competition having won six of their last 10 games, but have only won four of their last eight at home. The downside is that the Robins have only won one of their last 13 games away from Ashton Gate.

While City have little to play for other than improving their points tally from last season (they are seven behind), the Cherries won’t rest on their laurels as they sit second in the Championship with a return to the Premier League in sight. .

Inevitable promotion to the top flight won’t come as a surprise to many, not least Nigel Pearson who described them as a Premier League side after the 2-0 loss in October and the best side he has come across. season.

However, there is a silver lining for City if they can stick to a solid, disciplined game plan and knock Bournemouth on the counter as AFC Bournemouth correspondent Jacob Tanswell for Dorset Live, detailed below.

How do Bournemouth fans rate their season so far?

I think it was strange to assess. Although the position of the team is excellent and the improvements made by the club to strengthen the team are very impressive, there has been a slight disconnect between Scott Parker and the fans, largely due to the style of football implemented.

They tended to come off against teams that sat in low blocks and played almost exclusively on the counter. As a result, the football ran out of goal and led to frustration in the stands.

How likely are they to settle against Bristol City on Saturday?

Bournemouth will undoubtedly play a 4-3-3, with Dominic Solanke key to nearly every facet of their game. their wide wingers and number 8s pushing and supporting Solanke up front.

What will their game plan be, how will they approach the game?

With trips to West Brom, Sheffield United and Blackburn to come, this is a game where Bournemouth will be looking to topple their inconsistent form at home. Getting off to a quick start is a key element for Bournemouth to put Bristol City on the back foot and ultimately suffocate them until they crack.

Bournemouth dominated Bristol City in the second leg

How can City exploit Bournemouth’s weaknesses to achieve an unlikely outcome?

If Bristol City can break Bournemouth’s pace with saves, counter-pressing at the right time and generally preventing Bournemouth from sustaining attacks, then they have the potential to thwart the home side.

Maximizing counter-attacking opportunities will be crucial in exploiting the space either side of Lloyd Kelly and Nat Phillips at the back.

Your opinion on Scott Parker?

Parker is a very detailed and meticulous coach who gives players clarity as they step onto the pitch. When his football mark is
booming and face teams that are pressing high but leaving space behind, so the 4-3-3 form is extremely pleasing to watch.

Currently, he is fulfilling his mission under obvious pressure from Bournemouth needing instant promotion this year, so all credit to

And finally, what is your prediction?

If Bournemouth are able to maintain their momentum, intensity and attacks, they should win in the same dominant fashion as the opener. It just depends on whether old habits come back to bite. My prediction is a 3-0 win for the Cherries.

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