Written by Luke Weaser-Seychell (@lukeseychell)
AFC Bournemouth are looking to continue their fine form this season by beating an in-form Norwich City in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
Bournemouth currently sit 6th in the Premier League and are undefeated in their last 5 games. The Cherries are rightly favourites against the East Anglians.
However, the Canaries have only lost once in their last 5 matches and with both teams scoring plenty of goals, this game could be the tie of the round.
Eddie Howe’s preview of the game started off on a sombre note, however. The Cherries manager’s pre-match press conference started with a tribute to Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The Thai billionaire lost his life in a tragic helicopter crash after his side’s draw with West Ham.
Howe said: “It’s incredibly sad, especially for everyone connected with Leicester.”
“From everyone at AFC Bournemouth, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Football is a very tight community, its great to see everyone come together at times like this.”
With Bournemouth playing so well, Howe then went on to admit that he’s currently got a selection dilemma, but for good reasons. He said he was pleased with the team’s discipline so far.
“I’m very pleased with the players attitudes this season. I couldn’t be prouder of the players.”
This cup fixture will be one where there are numerous changes, with Howe admitting that it’s “an opportunity for fringe players to make a claim for a first team place.”
He went on to say: “There will be changes to the team tomorrow, but how many – you’ll have to wait and see.”
Even though Bournemouth are playing a team in the championship, Howe is making sure that his players are taking their upcoming challenge seriously. He noted the Canaries’ good form before coming into this game, saying:
“Norwich are flying high, one of the form teams in the country. Their strength this season has been their team, a good attacking, high pressing team. They’ve changed their teams a lot for cup matches.”
“Mentally you have to be in the right frame of mind for any cup game, we’re at home so that’s in our favour. We’ve got to be very careful we don’t drop our standards.”
The Bournemouth manager confirmed that Joshua King is the only player who will miss the cup tie due to injury. It promises to be a great cup fixture with two of England’s in-form sides.
Kick-off takes place at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow evening at 7:45pm.