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The lowdown on AFC Bournemouth ahead of Cardiff City’s opening day clash at the Vitality Stadium

We caught up with one Bournemouth fan to get the lowdown on Eddie Howe’s men ahead of Cardiff City’s trip to the Vitality Stadium.

Howe guided the Cherries to a 12th-place finish in the Premier League last term, and 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Bournemouth are about to embark on their fourth season in the top flight following their promotion in 2015.

The striking duo of Callum Wilson and Joshua King finished last season as the club’s joint top goalscorers, both netting nine goals in all competitions and managing three assists each.

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The arrival of midfielder Jefferson Lerma has filled the fans on the south coast with excitement after the Columbian made the switch from Levante for a club record fee.

While the Cherries’ long-serving midfielder Harry Arter made a deadline day switch to Cardiff and will join Warnock’s men on loan until the end of the season – but will not be eligible to play against his parent club.

The Bluebirds were held to a 1-1 draw in their last meeting with the Cherries after Bruno Manga cancelled out Arter’s opening goal at the Cardiff City Stadium in 2015.

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@AFCBMillar gave us his thoughts on the opening day, the arrival of Lerma and his predictions for the season ahead.

Eddie Howe guided you to a 12th place finish last term, how optimistic are you feeling for the season ahead?

I think we will finish higher this season. I believe we will finish 10th with a great season – we have added to our team and in pre-season we looked really good.

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Callum Wilson netted nine goals for you last season, how important will he be for you again in this campaign?

I think he is going to be very vital this season, he is very fast which defenders hate, he doesn’t only score goals he sets them up too which is what every team needs.

Josh King also impressed last term, but who else should the Bluebirds be wary of on the opening day?

If Ryan Fraser plays then he is definitely one to watch – he is a very fast little winger who is not scared to run at defenders – you will have to be on your guard!

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Columbian midfielder Jefferson Lerma joined the Cherries for a club record fee earlier this week, how do you think he will feature in the Premier League?

It all depends how quickly he adopts to the English game and our style of play, so time will tell how good he will be – but I do think he will be a really good addition to our squad.

It finished all square last time Bournemouth met with Cardiff in the Championship, how do you see this one panning out?

I think we will win 2-1 – but it will be a very tough games as it’s the opening weekend and both teams will be buzzing for the game.

It will be very end-to-end and exciting to watch – I think we will grab it in the last 15 minutes and it will be a nail-biting finish!

(Featured image: Ungry Young Man)