​Who needs an exotic pre-season tour when your home ground is a stone's throw away from some of the most picturesque beaches in Britain? 


Bournemouth fans will be hoping that the money saved from not flying their squad halfway around the world will be used to bring in some new additions, and will be eager to catch a glimpse of these fresh faces before the Premier League starts back in August.  


Whilst manager Eddie Howe will be reasonably pleased with another solid outing in England's premier division last time round, he is not one to rest on his laurels and will already be methodically planning a rigorous pre-season training plan to help push his team back into the top half of the Premier League.  


Here's a closer look at who, when, and where Bournemouth will be playing this summer... 


West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final: Second Leg

Bournemouth will kick off pre-season proceedings a little later than most of their Premier League rivals, when they head 150 miles north to face West Brom on 26 July. The sides last faced off towards the end of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, when Bournemouth's 2-1 victory played a part in consigning Albion to their subsequent relegation.  


With West Brom set to kick off their 2019/20 Championship campaign just over a week later, expect this to be a little more serious than the 'friendly' billing would have you believe. After missing out on promotion last season following an agonising penalty shootout loss to Aston Villa in the play off semi finals, Albion will be targeting this fixture as a chance to prove they belong in England's top tier.   


When Is Kick Off?​Friday 26 July
What Time Is Kick Off?​7:45pm (local time)
Where Is it Played?​The Hawthorns
TV Channel/Live Stream?​AFCBTV

Brentford

Ezri Konsa

Expect plenty of squad rotation when the Cherries go straight from their Friday night fixture against West Brom to a Saturday afternoon clash versus Brentford at Griffin Park. 


The last time Bournemouth made the trip up the M27 to face their south England rivals was during the 2014/15 Championship season when the Cherries won the league and gained promotion to the Premiership. 


Having spent the past few seasons milling around mid-table, Brentford will have their sights set on replicating Bournemouth's success, as the season prior to their promotion the Cherries finished tenth.


Whilst mounting a serious title challenge is probably beyond the Bees' reach, they will be hoping to kick on next season and secure themselves a play off spot.   


When Is Kick Off?Saturday 27 July​
What Time Is Kick Off?3:00pm (local time)​
Where Is it Played?Griffin Park​
​TV Channel/Live Stream?​AFCBTV

Lazio

Bastos

If 15 or 20 years ago someone had suggested Bournemouth would welcome Lazio to the Vitality Stadium and have a very good chance of beating the Italians, their sanity would have been questioned. 

Back in 2000 when Lazio were lifting the Serie A title, the Cherries were languishing at the bottom of the old Division Two. Fast forward 19 years - with a meteoric rise from the south Englanders, and a slight decline from the prestigious Italians - and 2 August will see the two sides clash on fairly even terms. 

With Lazio not kicking off their league campaign for a further three weeks after the fixture, expect to perhaps see a more youthful, experimental side from the Italians. 

Bournemouth on the other hand will be gearing up to kick off their fifth season in the Premier League just a week later, which could well result in Eddie Howe using the clash to test his strongest 11 against quality opposition.

However, with another fixture scheduled for the following day, it would be a surprise to see any Cherries' players playing twice in 20 hours, so Howe could also opt for a more inexperienced lineup. 

When Is Kick Off?Friday 2 August​
What Time Is Kick Off?​7:45pm (local time)
Where Is it Played?​Vitality Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream?​AFCBTV

Lyon


The Cherries' final pre-season fixture of the summer sees them once again welcome a club with strong European football pedigree to the Vitality, when Lyon arrive at the south coast on Saturday afternoon. 

The seven-time Ligue 1 champions failed to add another title to their impressive haul last season, as Paris Saint-Germain strengthened their grip on French football by winning their sixth title in seven years.

However, whilst they have struggled to keep up with PSG and their seemingly endless supply of cash, Lyon are a side that are accustomed to challenging for titles and competing against the best Europe has to offer, having qualified for the Champions League for the past five seasons.

They will undoubtedly provide Eddie Howe and his men with their toughest test of the entire pre-season tour, so expect to see the Cherries fielding a very strong side just one week before the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season.   

When is Kick Off?Saturday 3 August​
What Time is Kick off?​3:30pm (local time)
Where is it Played?​Vitality Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream?​AFCBTV