The unbeaten Cherries make the trip to Reading on Saturday night as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Championship table and inch closer to a remarkable record
Bournemouth’s electric start to the season has them dreaming of a Premier League return.
The Cherries were dumped out of the top flight in 2019-20 and came close to an immediate promotion last term, only to fall at the Championship play-off semi-final hurdle.
This time around, under new boss Scott Parker, they look more a ruthless outfit. That is demonstrated by their water-tight defence – they’ve shipped just eight goals all season.
The key stat however is in the losses column, which reads zero after 14 games.
Last weekend saw them equal a club record of 14 games unbeaten into a league season with a straightforward 3-0 win over Huddersfield.
This evening’s trip to Reading represents a chance to break that record (set in the 1961-62 campaign). Additionally, they can also inch ever closer to a remarkable modern-day Championship feat.
Their south coast rivals Brighton went 21 games unbeaten from the start of the 2015-16 season. It was not until their 22nd outing of the campaign that they tasted defeat.
Despite that incredible tally, Albion somehow missed out on the main aim of promotion. They would ultimately finish the season in third spot, edged out by second-placed Middlesbrough on goal difference.
Chris Hughton’s side then went on to lose to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-finals and won promotion the following year.
For Cherries’ chief Parker, his side are some way off that Brighton record but the ultimate aim will not be to set unbeaten streaks but to get over the promotion line come May.
He said: “What’s impressive at this moment in time is how we’re going about our work, winning games, it’s a big feat in itself.
“So while there’s a record to be broken, like I always say to you, I’m not too focused on that.
“I give this team big props for where they are currently and what we’ve done currently, of course it always helps if you do break records it probably gives you a little bit more, but the main focus is maintaining (the form) really.
“Last year was obviously a disappointment (play-off defeat), I get that, so there’s probably psychological elements.
“But like anything, you start a new campaign and there’s a little bit of a hangover.
“But the boys have hit the ground really running, they’ve hit the ground in terms of what I’ve asked of them and what I want from them.”
Kick-off at the Select Car Leasing Stadium is 8pm.
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