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Bournemouth v Birmingham City – five months on

2 April 2015

On 25th October 2014, Bournemouth recorded their biggest ever league victory by thumping Birmingham City 8-0.

Just over five months since that afternoon at St. Andrew’s, the Cherries welcome Birmingham to the Goldsands Stadium on Easter Monday.

The 8-0 win took Eddie Howe's side into the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places after only 14 games and they haven’t looked back as the goals and victories have flowed regularly since.

Currently a point clear of Watford at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, Bournemouth’s tally of 82 league goals is unsurpassed by any other team in The Football League. As well as Birmingham, Bournemouth have put four or more past Cardiff City, Fulham and Blackpool (twice).

Callum Wilson has led the line with 16 goals this term, with the likes of Matt Ritchie and Yann Kermorgant in support.

Most people thought the Blues were doomed after being consigned to their heaviest ever home defeat – whilst having no permanent manager at the helm.

Having only avoided relegation in the last minute of the previous season, the current campaign was slow to get off the mark and defeat to the Cherries meant Birmingham had only one home league win in 18 games.

Gary Rowett was drafted in to take the manager’s position 48 hours after that loss to Bournemouth, and he immediately went about improving fortunes on the pitch, losing only one of their following eight outings.

That initial run took the Blues from 23rd at the end of October to relative comfort in mid-table and they were nine points clear of the bottom three by Christmas.

One of Rowett’s main tasks following such a heavy defeat was to make Birmingham difficult to beat, and with only six reverses suffered since, he looks to have done that.

Although they briefly threatened a charge towards the upper reaches of the division after Christmas, they fell away and look set to end the season in mid-table safety.

Birmingham are in a better position now than when they last faced Bournemouth and, come Monday, they'll no doubt want to avenge that thumping home loss with a result that could have implications on their opponents’ season.

We'll have updates from the game on the South Coast on Twitter via @SkyBetChamp.

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