Date: 9th December 2016 at 9:19am
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After that unforgettable match against high flying Liverpool, the Cherries travel up to Burnley who were promoted from the Championship at the end of last season as Champions. This will be the second return for the AFCB pair.

Sean Dyche replaced Eddie Howe as full time manager at Burnley in October 2012 when Eddie returned to Dean Court to finish the job he started. Dyche took over when Burnley were in 14th place in the Championship, at the end of the season they finished 11th. The 2013-2014 season they finished second and were promoted to the Premier League. Sean Dyche only managed to keep Burnley in the Premier League for one season before they were relegated back to the Championship. This as it transpired was only a short stay as Burnley were promoted this time as Champions at the end of the 2015-2016 season and back into the top league.

The last time Burnley were in this league was in 2009-2010 season, they were promoted from the Championship at the end of the 2008-2009 season when Owen Coyle was the manager. At the beginning of the 2009-2010 season Coyle was manager until he left to join Bolton at the beginning of January, Brian Laws took over a week later but by the end of the season Burnley were relegated back to the Championship. Brian Laws left Burnley at the end of December 2010 and was replaced in the January of 2011 by Eddie Howe.
Eddie Howe, after leaving Burnley and returning to the Cherries, had a different route to the Premier League. When he came back on the 12th October 2012 we were sitting in 21st position in League 1, at the end of the season we were second and automatically promoted to the Championship. In our first season the club finished 10th and the following season finished as Champions of the Championship and were promoted for the first time in our history to the Premier League. Our first season in this league we survived and finished in 16th place. This season as we go into the game against Burnley, AFCB are in 10th place with Burnley four points behind in 15th place.

This season at Turf Moor which has been their ground since 1883, Burnley have taken thirteen of their fourteen points in the table. They have beaten Liverpool, Watford, Everton and Crystal Palace, drawn with Hull City and lost to Swansea City, Arsenal and Manchester City. Away from home their only point was against Manchester United, they lost at Chelsea, Leicester City, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.

Burnley Team News:

They are hoping to have Tom Heaton back in goal after being out with a calf injury. Other injury news is a hamstring injury to Johann Gudmundsson which could keep him out on Saturday.

Player to watch: Sam Vokes

Has to be Sam Vokes (if he starts) who left AFCB when he was a teenager to join Wolverhampton Wanderers. Since joining Wolves he has been at six different clubs on loan, including Burnley, Eddie Howe the Burnley manager at the time signed him a few months before leaving to rejoin the Cherries as manager for the second time. Sam now 27-years-old is the leading scorer at Burnley. Andre Gray who was hitting the back of the net last season, has so far found it hard and has only one goal to his name, but he started the last game at Stoke with Vokes on the bench.

AFC Bournemouth Team News:

Junior Stanislas will still be missing with an ankle injury, but Charlie Daniels could be back in contention for the left back spot after being out with a hip injury. Andrew Surman with a hamstring injury will probably still be missing.

Player to watch: Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere has been looking fitter and better in midfield with every game he has played and should be an influence against Burnley. Another player eyes will be on if he plays, is MOM substitute Ryan Fraser who came on for the injured Junior Stanislas against Liverpool.

Match Facts & Stats

In our last trip to Turf Moor in the Championship AFCB drew 1-1, with our goal and a good one coming from Tokelo Rantie which rocketed into the back of the net, a former player of ours in Danny Ings, levelled near the end with a header from an assist from another former Cherries player Sam Vokes. The game played at Dean Court also finished in a 1-1 draw. In league games at Burnley we have drawn 6 and lost 4. In all competitions home and away AFCB have won 4, drawn 11 and lost 9.

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