Bournemouth v Burnley preview: Simon Francis returns from suspension
Last Updated: 29/11/17 6:58pm
Eddie Howe welcomes his former club to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday as Burnley take on Bournemouth.
Howe took charge of 87 games as Burnley boss between January 2011-October 2012 before being replaced by Sean Dyche.
The Cherries have turned a corner after a shaky start to the campaign, taking 10 points from their last four Premier League games.
Howe's men recorded a third straight clean sheet for the first time in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw away at Swansea on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Burnley will be hoping to put their home defeat to Arsenal behind them. Dyche's side have already won 11 away points on the road this season having taken just seven away points in all of last season.
Bournemouth will have captain Simon Francis available again following a one-match ban.
Striker Jermain Defoe (calf) and midfielder Junior Stanislas (groin) both missed Saturday's goalless draw at Swansea.
Defenders Brad Smith (hip) and Tyrone Mings (back) continue their rehabilitation.
Burnley have no new injury worries heading into the game and Dyche could name an unchanged team.
Jonathan Walters (knee) and Tom Heaton (shoulder) remain long-term absentees.
Bournemouth's 2-1 win against Burnley in May ended a seven-match winless run against the Clarets in all competitions - they haven't recorded back to back wins since November 1998.
Burnley have won just once in their last six visits to Bournemouth in league competition (D2 L3).
Burnley have won 11 points from their six Premier League away games so far this season (W3 D2 L1), this after collecting just seven points away from home in the whole of 2016-17 (W1 D4 L14).
The Clarets have won four of their last eight away Premier League games (D2 L2), as many as they managed in their first 55 games in the competition.
After winning 1-0 at Southampton on November 4th, Dyche's side will be looking to win successive Premier League away matches for only the second time - the only other occasion was back in May 2015.
Bournemouth haven't beaten a side starting that day inside the top seven of the Premier League since they beat Liverpool last December - drawing three and losing eight of these matches since, including losing all three this season.
Asmir Begovic kept those three clean sheets, as many as he'd managed in his previous 21 Premier League starts - the Bosnian goalkeeper has never gone four games in a row without conceding in the Premier League.
Bournemouth have had more English scorers in the Premier League this season than any other club (6 - Daniels, Defoe, Surman, Stanislas, Wilson and Steve Cook) and used the most English players (13).
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has only conceded four goals from open play in his first 10 Premier League games.
Burnley will be gutted about what happened against Arsenal on Sunday, while Bournemouth have turned the corner big time. So I am going to go for Bournemouth to win this 2-0 - I know they drew on Saturday, but I just think they are playing good football and Sunday's result will have knocked Burnley sideways.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)