After the win away at Newcastle and then yet another International break, AFC Bournemouth are back home again at Dean Court. This time the visitors are newly promoted Huddersfield Town, they came up through the play-offs after finishing in 5th spot in the Championship (2016-17). It will be our first meeting against them in the Premier League.
Their manager is the German David Wagner who joined the club in November 2015, his previous club was Borussia Dortmund II (reserve side), Jurgen Klopp left the Borussia Dortmund first team to join Liverpool in July 2015. David Wagner and Jurgen Klopp are best friends, Wagner being best man at Klopp`s wedding.
In his first season (2015-16) at Huddersfield, they finished in 19th spot.
During the Summer Wagner has brought in a number of players, among those are strikers Steve Mounie from Montpellier and Belgian Laurent Depoitre from Porto, both for undisclosed fees. Fees that are mentioned are for midfield players Tom Ince £10 million from Derby County and £8 million for Aaron Mooy from Manchester City. Also signed midfielder Danny Williams from Reading and a player Cherries fans know, defender Scott Malone from Fulham.
Huddersfield had a good start in the Premier League winning their first two games, away at Crystal Palace and home to Newcastle, finishing August with a draw at home to Southampton. In September they started with an away defeat at West Ham, followed with two draws, at home to Leicester City and away at Burnley and finishing the month with a heavy defeat at home against Spurs. October started with defeat away at Swansea, this was followed with a home win against Manchester United, finishing the month with defeat away against Liverpool. So far in November they have beaten West Brom at home. Under Wagner their style of play when mounting an attack is to play out wide especially on the right and don`t go much through the middle third of the pitch. In the stats department they have made the most tackles in the Premier League.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Junior Stanislas (Groin Strain), Benik Afobe (Muscle Injury) will/could miss the game on Saturday. Will Eddie rest Harry Arter after his two games (subbed h/t in second game) for ROI?
Player to watch: Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson, been looking good since coming back from injury and lively up front (pity we had the International break).
Huddersfield Town Team News:
Christopher Schindler one of their regular centre backs and been an important player for them will miss the game after picking up 2 yellow cards and being sent off in their last game against West Brom. Another influential player for them has been Aaron Mooy in midfield, he could be rested or on the bench as he has done a lot of travelling recently on International duty for his country. Scott Malone is another player who could be missing after getting a knock in his last game.
Player to watch: Laurent Depoitre
The ‘Beast from Belgium` Laurent Depoitre, big target man centre forward, strong who can keep a ball while making space for his team mates to run into. He`s the joint leading scorer for Huddersfield with 2 goals and strong at winning headers in the air. Another player is Tom Ince out on the right wing where Huddersfield build most of their attacks from. Aaron Mooy (Australian) is a strong midfield player for Huddersfield, but he might not start as he has been away travelling quite a distance playing for his country.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time we played Huddersfield was in the Championship in February 2015 at Dean Court, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The previous away game was a 0-4 win for the Cherries.
In our games at home in the league against Huddersfield AFCB have Won 8, Drawn 7, and Lost 8.
In all competitions AFCB have Won 13, Drawn 19 and Lost 17.