Bournemouth welcome to Boreham Wood to the south coast in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday afternoon having strengthened their squad significantly on deadline day.
Boreham Wood have never previously reached this stage of the FA Cup in their history but their task has become significantly more challenging in the form of the Premier League chasing Cherries.
Date: Sunday, 6th February
Kick-Off: 18:30 GMT, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
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Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood prediction
Assuming Boreham Wood have done their homework then Bournemouth attacking midfielder Emiliano Marcondes can expect to be tightly marked on Sunday evening.
The former Brentford man bagged all three goals to earn Bournemouth a spot at this stage for the third year in a row in a 3-1 win over Yeovil Town.
Scott Parker convinced Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips to join on loan on deadline to shore up his side’s backline further still.
The Cherries already have the joint best defensive record in the Championship so Boreham Wood will have to be at their very best to score past Orjan Nyland in the host’s goal.
But despite being fifth in the Conference Premier, scoring is not something they do frequently, their haul of 34 goals is fewer than every other team in the top half bar one.
Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood prediction: Bournemouth 4 Boreham Wood 1 @ 11/1 with bet365
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Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood betting tips
Boreham Wood have gone 16 matches without defeat, their only setback in 22 fixtures coming by a 2-1 scoreline at promotion rivals Chesterfield.
But let’s be honest the gulf in class will tell, especially with the added pressure of being live on ITV4 under the lights in a top tier stadium.
It’s always romantic to believe the underdog can do the unthinkable and knock out the big Championship side but I can’t see it happening here.
Gary Cahill is suspended following his red card in the victory over Barnsley last weekend meaning Parker will be forced to rejig his defence even if he wasn’t intending to.
The likelihood is, however, that he will make a raft of changes and still be able to send out a side who will overpower the Hertfordshire outfit without too much trouble.
Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood prediction: Bournemouth HT/FT @ 5/6 with bet365
Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood match odds
Bournemouth @ 1/4 with bet365
Draw @ 5/1 with bet365
Boreham Wood @ 11/1 with bet365
Bournemouth vs Boreham Wood total goals odds
Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 with bet365
Under 2.5 goals @ 1/1 with bet365
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