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Bournemouth will welcome Huddersfield Town to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday with both teams eager to seal 3 points. Currently sitting at 17th place in the table, the Cherries have not started the new season on a strong note. One might have expected them to have the upper hand over newly-promoted Huddersfield, but the latter have been steadfast in holding a spot in the top 10. They will look to continue that momentum as they visit Bournemouth on Saturday.
With so many managers getting sacked of late, there will be immense pressure on Eddie Howe to ensure his side pulls off a victory against Huddersfield. They will have the home advantage, which is likely to boost their chances but it remains to be seen as to how they perform. They won against Newcastle last time and will be eager to continue winning.
Benik Afobe could be available but Junior Stanislas will miss out due to an injury. Jermain Defoe is available and should start. Josh King and Ryan Fraser could feature if they recover from their respective injuries. Meanwhile, Brad Smith continues to be a long-term absentee.
Asmir Begovic (GK)
Begovic is likely to take up his usual role on Saturday and his expertise will be crucial in maintaining solidity at the back.
Adam Smith (RB)
Adam Smith is likely to start at right-back. He hasn’t been at his best so far but he could try to improve on Saturday.
Nathan Ake (CB)
Ake has featured in all of Bournemouth’s matches so far, and he has been a rock at the heart of their defence, making it likely for him to fill the spot on Saturday.
Simon Francis (CB)
The captain was quite excellent against Newcastle and he is expected to rally the defence with his experience and skill.
Charlie Daniels (LB)
Having signed a three-year extension only in September, Daniels should continue his stable performances at the back.
Marc Pugh (LM)
Establishing control and maintaining activity on the left wing will be crucial and Pugh is expected to be responsible for that.
Lewis Cook (CM)
Cook’s successes continue on the international level and he has been one of Bournemouth’s most influential players, which should see him start against Huddersfield.
Andrew Surman (CM)
Surman put up strong displays against Stoke and Newcastle, and Howe is expected to deploy him on Saturday as well.
Jordan Ibe (RM)
Ibe has a lot of potential and that often bursts through. He was clinical in their last couple of games, making it possible for Howe to hand him a start.
Callum Wilson (CF)
Wilson was remarkable as the Cherries defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 and that marked his return from a nine-month injury. Howe will hope he puts up a similar show against Huddersfield as well.
Jermain Defoe (CF)
Defoe continues to be a central part of Howe’s plans and is likely to take up his usual spot when they host Huddersfield.