After the International break, the Premier League gets underway again and the Cherries make the journey to the Potteries to play Stoke City. This is the fourth season in charge for Mark Hughes as their manager. In his first three seasons as manager Stoke City have finished in 9th place each time.
Stoke after playing at the Victoria Ground for more than 119 years, from 1878 to 1997 set up a record of staying the longest time at one ground in English football history. They then moved to their present ground the Britannia Stadium (now called bet365 Stadium).
This season Stoke City have signed Joe Allen from Liverpool for £13 million, they also signed Ramadan Sobhi the Egypt winger from Al Ahly for £5 million. Amongst the other signings is Wilfried Bony on loan from Manchester City and Lee Grant from Derby.
Stoke C at home, have beaten both bottom clubs Sunderland and Swansea, they drew with West Bromwich Albion and lost heavily to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. They won away at Hull City, drawn with Middlesbrough, Manchester United and West Ham. They lost at Everton and Crystal Palace.
Stoke City Team News:
Glen Whelan picked up a hamstring injury playing for Ireland against Austria. Jack Butland is back in training and might be available for the game on Saturday. Xherdan Shaqiri picked up a hamstring injury in the early part of their game against Swansea and missed the last game at West Ham but will be available for Saturday. Also likely to still be out is Geoff Cameron with a knee injury. They will also have Marko Arnautovic available again after suspension.
Player to watch: Joe Allen
Joe Allen, a good signing from Liverpool. He did well for Wales in Euro 2016 and will be a player to watch, scored four times in the Premier League from his midfield position this season and has two assists to his name as well.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
No reports of any injuries to our players from the International break. No more news on Andrew Surman and if he will be available for the trip to Stoke on Saturday. Adam Smith is out due to suspension. Callum Wilson could also be a doubt.
Player to watch: Harry Arter
Harry Arter will back from playing for Ireland where he had a good second half and we need him to be on top of his form in midfield against Stoke C.
Match Facts & Stats
Our visits to play Stoke City haven`t been successful ones and we haven`t picked up a point in our last six visits, we have lost each time. Last season in both our home and away games Stoke City beat us and went on to win three games on the bounce on both occasions, the best they did last season. League games at Stoke, we have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 8. Our home record is better, we have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 3. In all competitions AFCB have won 5, drawn 6 and lost 13. In our last away game at Stoke, besides being beaten we also lost Callum Wilson to a long term injury. Let’s hope he has better luck this time if he plays on Saturday.