Bournemouth are proving that they are not to be underestimated.
The 0-0 draw between Bournemouth and Tottenham may have seemed, to the neutral, as nothing more significant than a boring stalemate.
However, it is another excellent result for a constantly improving Cherries outfit who are proving to be more of a force than many perhaps expected.
The point against Spurs means that Bournemouth have lost just once in their last seven league games, a run which includes wins over a strong-looking Everton side, and a 6-1 hammering of Hull City - the first time the club has scored more than four goals in one game in the Premier League.
They are quietly establishing themselves as a solid Premier League side. Junior Stanislas and Harry Arter are classy players, often underrated, and are able to produce moments of quality. Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith are solid, reliable full-backs, comfortable both going forward and tracking back.
Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere has yet to have an obvious impact in the final third to the casual observer, but he has the highest pass accuracy in the final third in Premier League - a stat not to be sniffed at - which has made a difference in the quality of Bournemouth's attacking play.
Their next three fixtures are very winnable ones too (Middlesbrough away, Sunderland at home, and Stoke City away), and it would not be wholly unrealistic for Eddie Howe's side to aim for seven to nine points from those games.
Winless Sunderland are bottom of the table, while Middlesbrough and Stoke are hovering above the relegation zone, while the Cherries are comfortably in 10th (behind Watford in ninth on just goals scored).
Opposition teams will underestimate Bournemouth at their own peril. If they keep this form up, they could finish in the top half of the table at the very least, and claim a fair few scalps on the way.
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