Bournemouth vs Huddersfield preview: Eddie Howe sees positives in 'tough run'
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Last Updated: 04/12/18 10:04am
Eddie Howe is looking at the positives of Bournemouth's winless run ahead of hosting Huddersfield at the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries have lost their last four games, having enjoyed a superb start to the season, and could drop into the bottom half if they lose on Tuesday night.
But with three of those defeats against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, Howe is optimistic of an upturn in form for the visit of Huddersfield.
"We're on a tough run," he added. "The Newcastle game was a frustration for us, but in the other three games we've been happy with our performances.
"Huddersfield have had an upturn in results and we know it'll be tough. We need the atmosphere to be good here at Vitality Stadium, as it always is for our night games."
David Wagner was left furious with Steve Mounie's red card in Huddersfield's 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on Saturday, so much so he refused to discuss anything else after the game.
The club appealed the decision, and were unsuccessful, but Wagner said they will use the decision to galvanise themselves going forward.
"Sometimes situations like this make you stronger and give you more desire," Wagner said. "This wasn't what we deserved, but it's in the past and now it's about the next challenge.
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"It's a big game (at Bournemouth) because after the experience we had two days ago we want to get points on the board. It's a very difficult task.
"Bournemouth have a lot of qualities. We want to make sure we are ready and we will see what we get out of this game. We have to be at our best."
Midfielder Dan Gosling is likely to miss Bournemouth's home game with Huddersfield.
Gosling sustained a knee injury in the defeat against Arsenal last weekend and has been sent for a scan.
Jefferson Lerma returns from suspension, having been ruled out against Manchester City, though Adam Smith (knee) is also an absentee.
Huddersfield could be without striker Steve Mounie for their Premier League game at Bournemouth.
The Terriers have appealed against Mounie's straight red card in Saturday's home defeat to Brighton and if unsuccessful, Laurent Depoitre is expected to return to the starting line-up.
Boss David Wagner has no new injury concerns, with defender Chris Lowe (shoulder) the only absentee.
- Bournemouth are unbeaten in six home matches against Huddersfield Town in all competitions (W3 D3) since losing 0-1 in League One in August 2007.
- Huddersfield lost 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth last season in the Premier League, conceding from four of the five shots on target they faced in the game.
- Bournemouth are looking to avoid five consecutive league defeats for the first time since March 2013, when they were in League One.
- Bournemouth have lost their last two home Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 15 at the Vitality Stadium (W8 D5 L2).
- Huddersfield haven't won a midweek top-flight game (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) since March 1971 (3-0 vs Crystal Palace), drawing six and losing eight since then.
- Huddersfield have scored fewer second half goals than any other Premier League side this season, netting just twice after half-time.
- Huddersfield are the only side in the top four tiers of English football not to reach double figures for goals so far this season. The Terriers have netted just nine times in 14 games.
- Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has scored five league goals against Huddersfield - all his goals have come in 4-0 wins; two in August 2014 and a hat-trick in November 2017.