Howe not making predictions

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April 09, 2015 15:14:41 UK

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says it is impossible to predict the outcome of the battle to win promotion to the Premier League.

His side returned to the top of the Championship table on Easter Monday, coming from two goals down to beat Birmingham City 4-2.

The prize is so big that everyone is scrambling for it and it’s going to be a thrilling finish.

Eddie Howe

They have the chance to extend their lead at the top to four points with a win at Brighton in a south coast derby on Friday night, but Howe takes nothing for granted.

He said: “I’m not going to make a statement on that. It would be really foolish because the league has taught us you can’t predict results or foresee what is going to happen. We will just try to win all of them if we can.

“I would be surprised if there was a tighter league, especially when you consider the Championship is unique because of what’s at stake at the end.

“The prize is so big that everyone is scrambling for it and it’s going to be a thrilling finish. We just hope we end up on the good side of it.”

With only two teams going up automatically to the Premier League at the end of the season, the top four are separated by just two points.

Middlesbrough had been top at the start of Monday only to end the day in fourth following their defeat at Watford, who in turn moved up to third with Norwich going second, a point behind Bournemouth.

With the chance to get into the top league for the first time in the club’s history, Eddie Howe’s team face two away games in succession, at Brighton and then Reading next Tuesday.

They then have home games against Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton before finishing the season with a trip to Charlton Athletic.

Bouremouth are 1.83 to win at Brighton, the home side are 4.33 and the draw is 3.50.

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