Let’s look at some of the stats.
Bournemouth have scored 18 goals this season and they have the joint best defence in the league. They have conceded eight goals and the goal difference is ten. The xG rate is 15 for the Cherries this season and the average is 1.2 xG rate per game.
Bournemouth have created fewer chances than the other teams in the top six. The team has created 281 positional attacks and these are almost 100 less than second-placed West Brom. The average positional attacks per game are 25 and the attacks with shots average six shots per game. The Cherries have very high accuracy when it comes to the shots attempted this season. Scott Parker men have attempted 110 shots and the accuracy rate is more than 47%. The team averages more than four shots per game and they are just behind QPR and Fulham who have attempted more shots than Bournemouth.
Bournemouth has been one of the best passers of the ball this season. The average number of passes per match is more than 400 passes and the passing accuracy is around 84% for the team. The above viz is the representation of the smart passes attempted by each team this season. Bournemouth averages more than six smart passes per match and has attempted the second-highest number of smart passes. They have completed 30 passes out of the 72 attempted.
Dominic Solanke has been the main man upfront for Bournemouth this season. The young forward was signed in 2019 from Liverpool and was yet to make a mark in his new team. This season he has scored seven goals which include one goal from the penalty spot. He has also provided an assist this season. Most of the shots attempted by him are from inside the opposition box. He has scored all the goals from inside the penalty box and two goals are scored from inside the 6-yard box.
Another player who has contributed towards scoring goals this season is a midfielder, Phillip Billing. The Danish international also joined the club in 2019 from Huddersfield and has scored five goals in ten games this season. He scored eight goals last season and has already scored more than half of them this season.
Another player who has been influential is experienced defender Gary Cahill. The former Chelsea man was signed on a free transfer this summer and has featured in six games.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
Gary Cahill has a high win percentage among other players in the league. He has played fewer matches and therefore contested fewer duels than the others.
AFC Bournemouth consistency is the key behind their success this season. The team has not created a lot of attacks and their match tempo is not that high, but the team has shown efficiency. They will now face Bristol City and look to extend their unbeaten run.