Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from the Vitality Stadium as AFC Bournemouth take on Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship, with both sides looking to rise up the table during the formative stages of the season.
Scott Parker has enjoyed an unbeaten start to his tenure in charge on the South Coast and will be quietly confident that his free flowing side can pick up yet another positive result on home turf as they take on the Seasiders.
Meanwhile Neil Critchley has been busy getting his side to grips with the second tier after achieving promotion last season via the play-offs and will be hoping that they can learn some lessons from the recent defeat that was inflicted upon them by Coventry City.
A victory for the Cherries could potentially see them top the league standings this weekend if other results go their way, whilst Blackpool could catapult themselves up into lower mid table with a win on the road.
David Brooks is the headline returnee for the home side, after the Wales international sat out the midweek victory over Birmingham City and is likely to be pushing for a recall to the starting eleven.
New signing Gary Cahill is unlikely to be involved as the deal was only confirmed on Friday, whilst midfielder Ben Pearson is also pushing for his first start of the campaign after being on the bench on Wednesday.
Meanwhile the likes of Lewis and Steve Cook, Jack Stacey and Adam Smith remain injured.
As for Blackpool, both Kenny Dougall and CJ Hamilton are both pushing for recalls to the starting eleven for this tricky away clash after being on the bench against Coventry.
Shane Lavery is expected to start up front alongside Jerry Yates, with Critchley having already shown a willingness to ring the changes this term.
Whilst Kevin Stewart and Demetri Mitchell remain sidelined through injury.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup (4-3-3):
Travers; Mepham, Rossi, Kelly, Zemura, Marcondes, Kilkenny, Billing, Brooks, Solanke, Anthony
Blackpool possible starting lineup (4-4-2):
Maxwell; Connolly, Keogh, Husband, Garbutt, Hamilton, Dougall, Ward, Anderson, Yates, Lavery
Bournemouth last faced Blackpool in March 2015, with the Cherries winning 4-0 on that occasion, thanks in part to a Brett Pitman hattrick.
The Cherries have only lost one of their last 27 home league games against newly promoted sides, a record which dates back to April 2019.
In terms of the head to head record between the two sides, it is Blackpool who come out on top over the Cherries, with 17 wins to 14, whilst 10 draws have been played out between the clubs.
Blackpool have only won one of their last 40 away Championship matches, with their last success coming all the way back in April 2014.
The club’s winless run in the second tier stands at 21 matches, and it is a statistic that Critchley and his players will be looking to put right on Saturday afternoon.
How to watch the game?
Home tickets can be bought via the official Bournemouth website, whilst away fans attending the game must have purchased tickets in advance, with no pay on the day sales available from the Vitality Stadium.
Kick off on Saturday is 3pm.