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94′ – Full Time 1-1!! Sheffield United will go home very happy to be taking a point with them in the return to the top flight. Bournemouth will feel they’ve lost 2 points here. An extremely eventful second half comes to an end. Well done to both teams on a very entertaining game.
93′ – Frasers free kick sails over the bar
92′ – Free Kick Bournemouth in a promising position.
91′ – Penalty shout !! Referee says play on VAR appears to have agreed with the referee !
90′ – Substitution Solanke (On) Wilson (Off)
88′ – GOAL!! BILLY SHARP TIES THINGS UP HERE AT VITALITY STADIUM!!!!
87′ – Free kick Sheffield in attacking position
82′ – Substitution Sharp (On) Basham (Off)
81′ – Corner for the Blades. Fleck crosses in. Goal Kick
79′ – Yellow Card John Fleck
78′ – Substitution Freeman (On) Lundstram (Off)
77′ – Corner for Bournemouth. Results in goal kick
76′ – Free Kick Fraser whips it in Ball ends up with Henderson.
67′ – Corner for Sheffield. Keeper is fouled free kick Bournemouth
64′ – Yellow Card Fraser for simulation
63′ – Substitution McBurnie (ON) McGoldrick (OFF)
62′ – GOAL!! Multiple attempts in a scrap in the box and Mepham finds the back of the net!!
61′ – Free kick very dangerous position for Bournemouth
59′ – Billing volleys from 20 yards and what a Save by Henderson !! VAR checking for Penalty for challenge in box. No Penalty is the decision. Corner Bournemouth
56′ – Free kick in promising position for Cherries. Fraser crosses in and ball is cleared
54′ – Lundstram crosses low and hard and Robinson misses a golden chance to put the blades up by 1.
52′ – Fraser crosses in again straight into the hands of Henderson
49′ – McGoldrick gets in behind the defence and drags his effort wide
46′ – We’re back live for the second half. The Cherries get us underway!
45 +1′ – 0-0 at Half Time. Sheffield should have gone in front inside the first minute but were denied a goal by debutant keeper Ramsdale. Mepham also had the chance to get one just before Half Time for the cherries. Overall a lackluster performance from both teams. Sheffield will no doubt go into half time the happier side. See you all back here in 15 minutes.
45′ – Ball falls to Mepham in the penalty area and he blazes wide. Huge missed opportunity there.
43′ – Yellow Card Adam Smith comes in late and picks up the first slice of cheese for the game
41′ – Corner to the Blades. Whipped in and headed clear. Only as far as Lundstram who drags it wide.
38′ – Rico crosses in straight to Sheffield United Keeper Dean Henderson. Chances are few and far between in this one.
31′ – Free kick in an attacking position for Bournemouth. Fraser puts it straight to the keeper.
29′ – Handball by Ake. Nothing comes from the free kick
28′ – You could make the mistake of thinking this is Sheffield United’s home game. The away crowd is making themselves heard.
25′ – Billing with the long throw into the area. Cleared for corner. Nothing comes of it.
21′ – Robinson given space at the top of the box. Ramsdale saves well down to his right
19′ – Clumsy challenge by Robinson. Referee wants a word but the cards stay in the pocket
16′ – Foul inside Bournemouths attacking half. Played short nothing comes from it
14′ – pretty scrappy so far. Plenty of turnovers and lose passes hopefully both teams settle into a rhythm soon
9′ – Foul committed by Bournemouth in middle of ground nothing comes from it
5′ – Lerma shoots from 20 yards drags it to the left. Goal Kick
3′ – Adam Smith with strong counter down right sing crosses into the area no one able to get on the end of it
1′ – Chance!! Chipped in behind defence and great save made by debutant keeper Ramsdale
1′ – And we are live!! The blades get us underway !!
0′ – Just under half an hour until Kickoff at the Vitality Stadium. Can Sheffield grab the 3 points in their first game in England’s top division or will Bournemouth get their push for a European place off to the perfect start. This should be a cracking game to start the season.
Bournemouth XI – Ramsdale, Mepham, Cook, Ake, Smith, Lerma, Billing, Rico, King, Wilson, Fraser
Subs – Boruc, Daniels, Simpson, Surman, Ibe, H Wilson, Solanke
Sheffield United XI – Henderson, Baldock, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens, Lundstram, Norwood, Flack, McGoldrick, Robinson
Subs – Jagielka, McBurnie, Osborn, Moore, Besic, Freeman, Sharp
Welcome to Vitality Stadium for this Matchday 1 clash between A.F.C. Bournemouth and the newly promoted Sheffield United. Both teams will be aiming to get their season underway with a win. Sheffield United will be looking to prove they belong in the Premier League after gaining promotion into England’s top division for the first time since 2007. On the other side anything other than a top half finish will be considered under par for the Cherries.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-0 Sheffield United