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Bournemouth vs Cardiff team news, prediction and preview as promoted boys look to hit the ground running

Neil Warnock's men pulled off a shock promotion to the top-flight as they finished second to Wolves last season

CARDIFF begin their Premier League adventure with a trip to Bournemouth.

Neil Warnock's men pulled off a shock promotion to the top-flight as they finished second to Wolves last season.

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But their first clash against the Cherries could be a shock to the system, with Bournemouth looking to improve upon last year's 12th-placed finish.

Set-piece specialist

Joe Ralls' whipped deliveries and calmness from the penalty spot could prove crucial in this game.

Cardiff centre-back Sean Morrison is a threat from set-pieces and can punish Bournemouth if he gets on the end of a Ralls corner.

 Joe Ralls is the set-piece specialist for Cardiff
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Joe Ralls is the set-piece specialist for Cardiff

Key man

Midfielder Lewis Cook's brilliant form last season has seen him linked with a move to Tottenham.

At just 21, he has developed after his second full campaign in the top-flight.

Should Bournemouth hold on to him, Cook's range of passing and ability to sniff out danger will be key.

Likely line-ups

Bournemouth: Begovic; Daniels, Ake, S Cook, A Smith; Brooks, L Cook, Surman, Fraser; Wilson, King

Cardiff: Etheridge; Peltier, Bamba, Morrison, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Paterson; Murphy, Reid, Hoilett; Zohore

Look ahead to the weekend

Manchester United vs Leicester

Newcastle vs Tottenham

Bournemouth vs Cardiff

Fulham vs Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs Chelsea

Watford vs Brighton

Wolves vs Everton

Liverpool vs West Ham

Southampton vs Burnley

Arsenal vs Man City

 

 

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The stat that matters

This will be the first top-flight meeting between Bournemouth and Cardiff.

What the boss said

Eddie Howe on Bournemouth building new stadium: "We know the league position is not impossible to push forward but ever more difficult.

"It's really important that we don't stand still, that we maximise this period and we leave something for future generations that says: 'We did the right thing'."

Neil Warnock: "The idea of taking a club up and keeping them up absolutely drives me.

"It would be the biggest achievement in my life by a mile. If I fail, so what? I’ll give it a go and then the club can do what they want. I’ll give it my best shot."

Prediction

Bournemouth 1 Cardiff 0


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