AFC Bournemouth face familiar opponents in Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night as they look to book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Eddie Howe prepares his team to face Brighton for the second time in four days. The Bournemouth manager stressed the importance of a good cup run and cited the need for “momentum” in football.
A key topic of discussion during the pre-match conference was Jordon Ibe’s “immense potential“. Having inspired the crucial victory against Brighton last Friday, all focus was on the former Liverpool winger. Howe, although full of praise, stated that he needs “consistency” in order to establish himself within the team.
Ibe was not the only player to receive praise from the manager. Andrew Surman’s performance against Brighton was also credited due to the “character” in which he showed, which gained plaudits from Howe.
When asked about the possibility of silverware this season, Howe believed it would be a “historic moment“. Howe also highlighted the hazardous nature in facing the same opponents as the previous game, making for an intriguing contest.
Premier League survival remains the priority for the Cherries, as they have won just once in the league this season. As a result of this, multiple changes are expected to be made by the Bournemouth manager. Key players are therefore likely to be rested.In addition, Stephen Cook remains a doubt while Callum Wilson continues his rehabilitation.
Brighton are likely to hand a start to former Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul and Ezequiel Schelotto, who previously played for Inter Milan.
A win for Bournemouth could further kick start their season and prove to be a turning point in what has been a disappointing start. A defeat will however end Howe’s chances of lifting the Carabao Cup with his beloved Bournemouth. Therefore much is at stake when the two south coast teams meet on Tuesday evening.