English Premiership

Bournemouth all but promoted

2015-04-28 09:49
Tokelo Rantie (Supplied)

London - Bournemouth are on the verge of sealing promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history after Monday's 3-0 victory over Bolton.

Eddie Howe's side brushed aside Wanderers thanks to goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson at Dean Court and they now sit three points clear of third-placed Middlesbrough with only one game to play.

The Cherries will be guaranteed of a place in the English top-flight if they take at least one point from their trip to Charlton on Saturday or if Middlesbrough fail to beat Brighton.

Even if Bournemouth lose and Middlesbrough win it would still take an extraordinary sequence of events for the team from the south-coast to be denied promotion as they have a vastly superior goal difference of +50 against Middlesbrough's +31.

Bournemouth could also finish as the winners of the Championship if they better the result of already-promoted leaders Watford, who hold a one-point advantage over the Cherries and host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

"I'm an eternal pessimist but it would take some blow up from this position not to make it. We have one more game and we want to finish on a high," Howe said.

"This club was heading nowhere, it was heading out of business and to make such a quick turnaround is impressive.

"You don't achieve anything on your own. It has taken a monumental effort from the players and coaching staff."

Bournemouth's promotion is likely to see Tokelo Rantie make his English Premiership debut.

Rantie joined Bournemouth from Swedish club side, Malmo, in 2013 and still has two years left on his current deal.

The South African's striker was the club's record signing but has seen his 2014/15 season hampered by AFCON 2015 duty with Bafana Bafana as well as injury.

Rantie has scored two goals in 12 league appearances.

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