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Bournemouth on verge of first top flight appearance in 116 years

AFC Bournemouth are set to be promoted to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.

The Cherries, who were reborn as Boscombe FC back in 1899, defeated Bolton 3-0 at Dean Court on Monday night to all but book their place in England's top flight for next season.

Bournemouth now sit three points clear of third-placed Middlesbrough ahead of their final match of the season at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Eddie Howe's men need only to avoid an unlikely heavy defeat and hope that Boro don't pour on the goals when they host Brighton & Hove Albion with the Dorset club sitting 19 goals ahead of the Teessiders.

Goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth a comfortable victory over the Trotters and they will now look to edge past league leaders Watford for the Championship title.

The Hornets, who secured their promotion on the weekend, host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and will need a victory to sew up the premiership provided the Cherries beat Charlton.

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