Bournemouth make themselves favourites for Championship promotion

Bournemouth AFC player huddle

Eddie Howe’s men defeated Middlesbrough 3-0 to cement themselves as favourites for Championship promotion.

Bournemouth are in with a great chance of securing Premier League football for the first time in their history after a dominant 3-0 win over promotion rivals Middlesbrough at the Goldsands Stadium.

Two penalties from Yann Kermorgant and Brett Pitman sandwiched a Harry Arter strike as the Cherries moved to the summit of a topsy-turvy Championship table.

Boro and Watford had started the day as the top two sides but both suffered defeats to nil. The Hornets’ defeat at home to Ipswich was only their second defeat in 11 games.

After their next game away at play-off chasing Ipswich Town, Bournemouth have a very favourable run-in with four bottom half sides to face two mid-table sides with nothing to play for.

With just seven games to go, the race to reach the Premier League is back in Bournemouth’s hands and who would argue with Howe’s attractive style of football in the top flight next year.

With the strike power they possess, Bournemouth would add both entertainment and style to the Premier League. The likes of Matt Ritchie, Callum Wilson and Arter are unproven at that level but are capable of making the step up.

Their secret to success has been consistency in selection and their ability to attack teams from the first whistle. They have largely had a settle defence with Howe smartly resting some of his key players during midweek cup ties earlier in the year.

This decision is paying dividends now as they look to be hitting their peak form at exactly the right time. Middlesbrough were on the receiving end of a thumping and the Cherries are playing like a team that will occupy a top two spot come the end of the campaign.

There is still a long way to go but they have been irresistible at times this year so you would have to be a brave man to bet against them now considering their remaining fixtures and recent form, which has seen them embark on a six-game unbeaten run.

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