The only unbeaten run left in the EFL is set to be put to the test again this evening as AFC Bournemouth welcome Preston North End to the Vitality Stadium.
It has been a very good 15 matches for new Cherries head coach Scott Parker, whose start to life on the south coast is going better than he could have ever imagined.
Despite the club losing star winger Arnaut Danjuma over the summer, the squad has been freshened up and the likes of Ryan Christie, Jamal Lowe, Gary Cahill as well as young development squad starlets Jordan Zemura and Jaidon Anthony have all made an impact.
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They face a team tonight though in North End who defeated them on home soil last season 3-2, but that was under a different manager in Alex Neil and they had the likes of Ben Davies and Ben Pearson that night – the latter who will most likely feature this evening for the hosts.
Let’s look at all you need to know about this evening’s clash as the table-toppers meet the 19th placed Lilywhites.
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Bournemouth don’t have any new concerns heading into this match – in-fact their squad was strengthened at the weekend with the return of Lewis Cook to the matchday squad after a knee injury suffered against North End back in March.
Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith remain on the sidelines with hamstring and knee injuries respectively, whilst Steve Cook is still working his way back to fitness – the same can be said for new recruit Robbie Brady who may be ready to take his place on the bench.
For North End, there are still long-term absentees in Izzy Brown and Connor Wickham, whilst Ched Evans and Matthew Olosunde are getting closer to returning themselves.
Evans has been plagued by a foot injury since August whilst summer recruit Olosunde has recently recovered from an achilles problem and played in a reserve match last week – only to tweak his hamstring.
Josh Murphy is also sidelined with an ankle injury but there are no fresh injury concerns stemming from the victory over Luton Town at the weekend so Frankie McAvoy could name an unchanged line-up.
Is there a live stream?
The match, as like all Championship midweek fixtures, will be live on the Sky Sports red button, as well as on both North End’s and Bournemouth’s club websites for a match pass fee of £10.
What time is kick-off?
The first ball will be kicked at 7:45pm this evening at the Vitality Stadium as the Cherries look to extend their unbeaten run to 16 matches in the league.