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Posted Thu 31 Oct 13

Preview: AFC Bournemouth

Match Preview: Setting the scene
Bournemouth Setting the scene
Wanderers make the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday looking to record a second consecutive victory on their travels.

Having secured three points in the club’s last game away from home against Birmingham City, the Whites will be hoping for a case of déjà vu against the newly promoted Cherries on the south coast.

Dougie Freedman’s men enter the clash on the back of two draws at the Reebok Stadium against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town, while their opponents suffered a 2-1 reverse against Leicester City last time out.
Match Preview: Team news
Team News
Wanderers look set to have virtually a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the clash against Bournemouth, with Marc Tierney, Stuart Holden, Joe Riley and Mark Davies all still long term absentees.
Match preview: Op camp
Bournemouth Opp Watch
Bournemouth welcome the Whites to the Goldsands Stadium looking to record a fifth league victory of the campaign on home soil.

Having collected all but one of their five wins so far this season in front of their own supporters, the Cherries recorded an emphatic 5-2 win over Millwall last time out on home soil – a game which saw them overcome an early two goal deficit.

After finishing last season in second place in League One and consequently securing promotion to the second tier, Eddie Howe’s side will be hoping to maintain their status as a Championship club come next May.

Their bid to remain there certainly looks to be a promising one at present, with Bournemouth currently 11th in the league standings and looking a force to be reckoned with.
Match Preview: One to watch
Bournemouth One to watch
With seven goals to his name already this season, Wanderers will have to be on their guard to keep Lewis Grabban at bay on Saturday afternoon.

Now in his second season with the Cherries, the 25-year-old striker started out his career with Crystal Palace as a youngster, enjoying spells on loan at both Oldham Athletic and Motherwell before a move to Millwall in 2008.

Three years at The Den followed for the London-born forward where he developed a lethal reputation in front of goal, with Brentford spotting his talents and signing him up in 2011.

A brief stint with Rotherham United followed a year later with the youngster averaging almost a goal every two games – a statistic which convinced Bournemouth to secure his services in May 2012.
Match preview: Man in the middle 
Bournemouth Ref
Darren Deadman will oversee Saturday's clash with AFC Bournemouth.

Hailing from Cambridgeshire, Deadman boasts a plethora of refereeing experience having been involved with the Football League since 2005.

With 13 matches to his name already this season, he has brandished 39 yellows and two reds in that time and last officiated a Bolton game when the Whites ran out 2-1 winners against Middlesbrough back in April.

Danny Gratton and Andy Hendley will run the line, while David Phillips will be the fourth official.
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