Bournemouth – State of the season
Gary Findlay
69 days ago
Bournemouth are in their fifth season in the Premier League but are in danger of dropping out of the top flight.

Where they stand

The Cherries sit in 18th spot in the Premier League table but only an inferior points difference separates them from Watford and West Ham immediately above them. Eddie Howe's men have 27 points to show from 29 games so far and have managed just seven wins.

What's left to play for

Survival is clearly the target for the Vitality Stadium outfit but they face an uphill struggle if they are to avoid the drop down to the Championship.

Bournemouth still have to come up against Wolves, Manchester United, Spurs, Leicester and Manchester City in their nine remaining games and it is hard to see where they will pick up enough points to survive. They have managed a few wins over the big boys this term, having beaten Manchester United at home and Chelsea away, so all is not lost, but it does look a big ask for the Cherries.

There are also a few individuals who will be playing for their futures at the club after lacklustre seasons, while the likes of Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake have a chance to put themselves in the shop window ahead of the summer.

Star man

There aren't too many candidates for the star man award at Bournemouth given their struggles but two players do stand out.

Winger Harry Wilson, who is on loan for the season from Liverpool, has managed to impress with seven goals in 23 appearances - including a couple of stunning free- kicks.

However, we're going to give this accolade to keeper Aaron Ramsdale, who has shown maturity beyond his 21-years this term with some assured displays.

Ramsdale has managed a modest four clean sheets in 27 games and sits third in the Premier League saves list with 102 so far, behind only Martin Dubravka and Bernd Leno.

Best game

The wins over Manchester United and Chelsea were huge for Bournemouth, although there was a hint of smash and grab about the latter, but their best game was probably a 3-1 win at south coast rivals Southampton back in September.

The Cherries were 2-0 up at the break but Saints reduced the deficit early in the second half. Bournemouth then stood firm under real pressure before Callum Wilson made sure of all three points late on.