Bournemouth season predictions: Next season’s surprise package

After their remarkable promotion, Bournemouth must now try and avoid an immediate return to the Championship, but do our writers think they can manage it?

It's one thing reaching the Promised Land of the Premier League and quite another staying there, but that's the task that awaits Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side.

Howe has the Midas touch at Bournemouth and has worked wonders there, but can his brand of attractive, attacking football translate to the top flight?

Prediction: 21st.

Freddie Shires: Eddie Howe will make sure his Bournemouth side are competitive but they just won’t have enough quality to pick up the necessary points.

Damien Lucas: Everyone's second team for the season because of their brilliant football, the Cherries cause a few upsets with some big scalps at home but fail to beat enough teams around them and drop on the last day.

Chris Linnell: Perhaps more through hope than expectation, I am predicting a promising debut top-flight season for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth – that see’s them finish as the highest ranked of all the new boys.

Olly Dawes: Eddie Howe has built young, vibrant sidel, and few teams will want a trip to the South Coast. The Cherries are something of an underdog story, and that will continue in the Premier League, with Bournemouth tipped to struggle.

Mathew Nash: Another surprise perhaps. Teams like this tend to do well when they come up and The Cherries might just survive.

Che Thomas: The question for the Cherries is that, are the players in their squad good enough to affect matches in the Premier League as they did in the Championship? I haven’t been convinced by their signings either, Christian Atsu wasn’t deemed good enough to get minutes at a struggling Everton last season, and Sylvain Distin is nowhere near the player he was two or three years ago. Nonetheless, Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe have enough to make a go of it, and it will be close as to whether they’re in the drop zone or just out of it.

Stephen Pickering: The Cherries will be looking to fly out the traps when the season kicks-off and should be expected to do well. Eddie Howe is a good manager and has his team singing from the same hymn sheet. They won’t be short of goals and aren’t fragile at the back either. Key player: Callum Wilson.

Tim Poole: This season’s Burnley. Nice guys, great team, great manager. Just maybe a little too nice.

Lewis Doe: Eddie Howe has something about him in terms of his mentality and approach to football. The Cherries to be comfortably safe.

Michael Stevenson: Their expansive play style and pacey summer acquisitions could make the South Coast club next season’s surprise package.

Billy Hawkins: Like Watford, will also stay up, although will struggle more due to a lack of depth.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:



Manchester United

Manchester City





West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa





Norwich City

Leicester City

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