AFC Bournemouth travel to Teesside today as they face Middlesborough at 3pm. The Cherries come into the fixture off the back of an impressive 0-0 draw with Spurs as they extended their unbeaten run to four games.
The last time the two sides met was back in 2015 when both teams were in the Championship. The game saw Bournemouth run out 3-0 winners at the Vitality to take them to the top of the table, but since then both teams have taken huge strides in English football.
Boro impressed in their last outing as they put in a promising performance against an in-form Arsenal team. Despite the 0-0 score-line, it was the visitors who had the better of the chances.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed team news for Saturday’s fixture in his press conference yesterday morning.
Whilst midfielder Andrew Surman returns from injury, Howe will have to make a late call on Junior Stanislas who picked up a calf injury in the stalemate against Tottenham.
Despite having the majority of the squad fit and ready for selection, the Cherries’ boss mentioned how tough it will be to select his best eleven.
“It’s a challenge to pick the team as we’ve got a lot of players who are all desperate to come in and play.”
For Boro, Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers is available again after missing out against his parent club, whilst Grant Leadbitter is the only absentee as he recovers from hernia surgery.
Bournemouth currently sit in tenth position as they hope for a top-table finish in their second season in the Premier League, but Howe isn’t getting ahead of himself just yet.
“We’re quite happy with the direction we’re going, but we know how quickly football can change. It is important that we keep our feet firmly on the floor”
Eddie Howe knows Middlesbrough won’t be an easy game and he compared their approach with Bournemouth’s first year in the top flight.
“They will be keen to win at home but we are keen to win away. This makes an interesting game because of the rivalry we had in the Championship and now we’re both playing in the Premier League together – it’s very similar to us.’
Middlesbrough are yet to drop into the relegation zone and sit seven places below Bournemouth in 17th. They will be looking to get their first win since the second game of the season.
The kick-off is at 3PM. Catch up on the post-match review on Nerve Media and follow @CherryChatAFCB on Twitter for live updates.