No-one could have predicted Bournemouth’s rise through the divisions. Having been on the brink of liquidation in 2008, the Cherries will be playing Premier League football next season barring a 20-goal swing on the final weekend.
It means that Eddie Howe’s men can travel to mid-table Charlton Athletic in relaxed mood, knowing that they have achieved their main aim of finishing in an automatic promotion spot.
For one Bournemouth player, this weekend means everything.
Harry Arter has been fantastic in the heart of the Cherries midfield all season and is relishing the chance to return to the club that released him as a teenager in jubilant mood.
Arter’s consistency was recently rewarded as he was voted the fans’ player of the year and after the 3-0 win over Bolton all-but secured promoted, he gets to top off the perfect week with a meeting against his former club.
He told the BBC: “I've got strong links with that club. It's nice to go back to where you start and go back on a high.
“I'm not bitter towards the fans there, in a way the people who taught me still in the academy will probably look on Saturday with a bit of pride.”
Arter is obviously a well-grounded but hugely talented player. He has contributed eight goals and created 44 chances for his teammates this season. His bursts from deep positions have caused defences particular problems.
The midfielder has completed 77% of his 56 attempted dribbles and has maintained a passing accuracy of 85% over his 42 appearances. He has, without doubt, been a key figure for Bournemouth and will continue to be so in the Premier League.
Of course Bournemouth still have the small matter of challenging Watford for the Championship title so this fixture is by no means a dead rubber, but they certainly go into it without any pressure after reaching the top-flight for the first time in their history.