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Fulham vs Bournemouth Preview: Three questions with Cherry Chimes

Peter Bell from Cherry Chimes stops by to give us the inside track on Bournemouth.

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Cottagers Confidential: AFC Bournemouth are second in goals scored and have the second best goal differential. Yet they find themselves outside of the playoff spots. Do you think you'll make it in to the top two, or are you willing to settle for the crap shoot that is the playoffs?

Cherry Chimes: Well the heat has really been turned up in recent weeks. In January every one was talking about AFC Bournemouth and how staggering it was that such a club was leading the Championship and could they possibly win it. Now the team has been on a poor run of results which has seen the team drop to fifth ahead of Wednesday's game and we could even be out of the top six by the time we meet Fulham. I think it is really difficult to predict what will happen as only last weekend we saw derby and Middlesbrough both lose and they are currently first and second. It's going to be a real dog fight to the end. I am l pleased that we only have Ipswich and Middlesbrough of the promotion challengers to play after Wolves on Tuesday. I just hope some of the other teams take a few points off each other. That would give us a good chance of still making the automatic places, but before a ball was kicked this year the fans would have bitten your hands off for a play-off place. Wembley might be a nice way to end the season.

Now I am not sure how other AFCB fans feel. It's been a bit of a reality check. Watford and Norwich have come to the party now and AFC Bournemouth's form has turnaround if they are not to fall away. This league is hard to win and AFC Bournemouth have not been able to add to their squad in January like most of the other promotion candidates. The team really should finish in the top six but I have no idea in which place. It would be heartbreaking to finish seventh now though.

CC: You are win less in your last five. You've scored only five goals in those matches, which is surprising for a club that was averaging well over two goals a match before that. Is there something wrong with the club, or is this just a run of bad luck?

Cherry Chimes: The team has played well in those games to be fair. The match against Derby was brilliant - high tempo, lots of goal mouth action, two great sides - but we let a lead go twice and it hit confidence a bit. The draw against Huddersfield was more disappointing as they defended deep and were not a good side and at Brentford I did feel we did not get the rub of the green as we say. That game could have ended up 5-5.

The defeat at Nottingham Forest was very strange as we dominated possession (75 per cent), but did not take the chances in the first half and Forest did a bit of game management in the second half, meaning that we probably only had the ball in play for a bout 20 minutes of the second half. As for the Blackburn draw, I felt the team was back to normal having seen their keeper pull of a string of great saves and the cross bar also came to their aid. They were chuffed to get away from the Goldsands with a point.

I don't now if you call it bad luck or a wobble, but when a similar thing happened in League One in 2012-13, when we lost five in a row, and then we went on to win 8 of the last 9 games or so to get promoted. I'll say no more!

CC: Callum Wilson. He's young. He's English. He's scoring goals. Why isn't he already the next big thing?

Cherry Chimes: I have been staggered at how good he is. When we sold Lewis Grabben for £3m in the summer to Norwich City I thought it would take a long while to find a striker as good as him. Coventry fans said that Callum Wilson was top class and was a player that would go to the very top and he has not disappointed. I also like the way he is very down to earth and just wants to work hard at his game at Bournemouth. I don't think there are many better at one on one situations with the keeper and he is learning to add to his game and not just use his pace.

CC: If you could also predict the outcome and lineup that would be great.

Cherry Chimes: The line up for the match will depend on what happens on Tuesday night against Wolves. Eddie Howe has said that he will use the squad in this period as it is a hectic period. Since Nottingham Forest it will be the team's fourth game in 10 days I think. So I expect Callum Wilson will play and Yann Kermorgant as AFCB usually set up 4-4-1-1, behind the strikers Harry Arter and Andrew Surman should be the central midfielders but the wingers might change from recent matches. Artur Boruc should be in goal and Elphick, Cook Daniels and Francis are likely to be the back four.

As for a score I think it would mean a lot to the players to do the double over Fulham but that would be no easy task. If the team has won in mid-week against Wolves I think they can get a result against Fulham as well and so I'll stick my neck out and say 0-2 away win.