Media view: Expert Huddersfield preview
It's top against bottom of the Premier League form table this weekend, as AFC Bournemouth face a long trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
The Cherries head to the Terriers who aren't experiencing the best run of form at the moment, so we asked their Huddersfield Examiner correspondent, Blake Welton, to give us the lowdown on the hosts prior to the BT Sport game.
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HOW HAVE HUDDERSFIELD LOOKED HEADING INTO THE GAME?
Well, if you take away the cup games it has been pretty dire, as they're seven without a win.
Their last win in the Premier League was a fantastic performance away at Watford on Saturday 16th December - it's been disappointing since then to say the least, last month in particular.
I would go as far as saying, just myself, that this is now a must win game for Town in front of the TV cameras.
With 12 games to go and Town now being in the bottom three for the first time, this is must win.
WHAT DO YOU PUT THE RECENT RUN OF FORM DOWN TO?
Well, I think Town defied all the odds getting to the Premier League last season.
They didn't go up as champions and went up late on penalties via the play-offs on a minus goal difference too. The problem was scoring goals and that has carried on into this season, you have to take your chances in the Premier League or be punished at the other end.
Most newly promoted sides enjoy a honeymoon period in the first 10-15 games with success still in their sails, I think now maybe the same as Brighton and Newcastle, they may have been found out.
The reality is biting a little bit and it's a natural thing, it's a small squad and it was a gruelling season last season too.
WHO IS THE PLAYER WE HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR?
Everything goes through Aaron Mooy, but that points back to the point I made earlier about fatigue catching up on the players.
Everything has gone through him in the past 18 months and if he's not playing well, or is jaded or tired Town have struggled - particularly with his Australia international duty being here there and everywhere.
It's important to have Aaron in tip-top form and if not, they need to find other ways to get the ball forward and create.
Jonathan Hogg should also have a massive shout out, he'll have a massive influence for the relegation run in.
AND JUST FINALLY, HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT WITH THE TOWN FAITHFUL HAVE AT HOME?
They'll totally have an impact, we have to thank BT for the advantage of playing on Sunday at 12 noon, not helpful for travelling from the South Coast!
I think that may play a part, the fans have been phenomenal home and away all throughout the season, and hopefully they'll be at it again.
Steve Cook and Adam Smith back in contention
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed that both Adam Smith and Steve Cook are back in contention for this weekend's game.
Cook limped out of the win after Stoke City after just 13 minutes with a hamstring complaint.
Smith however picked up a knock in the away draw against West Ham United last month.
But the manager thinks they both could be in the reckoning for the game with the Terriers on Sunday.
"I think there are a couple of players we need to check before the weekend," he said.
"Two of those are Adam Smith and Steve Cook.
"Both players at this moment in time are in contention for Sunday, we have a couple of training sessions to go before the game so we'll see where both players are at."
Jermain Defoe is also back training on the grass, but currently individually, not with the first team squad.
Five point preview: Huddersfield
AFC Bournemouth head to Huddersfield Town this weekend hoping to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to a record eight games.
Here, afcb.co.uk highlights five key points ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire.
Top and bottom
The weekend’s game sees two sides at opposite ends of the Premier League form table facing off against each other. Over the course of the last six games, no side has collected more points (14) than Eddie Howe’s side. Huddersfield on the other hand, have registered just one point from their last six games – a 0-0 home draw against Burnley.
On Wilson watch
A man in form and a player the Terriers should know all about, Callum Wilson has scored five goals in his last three appearances against Huddersfield. After a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture this season, he also netted a brace and missed a penalty in our last visit to the John Smith’s Stadium at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
Whilst there are similarities in the two sides’ recent respective rises through the leagues (Huddersfield started the 2011/12 season in League One), recent team selections suggest different approaches. All but two of the Cherries’ starting XI from last weekend’s Stoke game (Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic) were homegrown. Huddersfield, on the other hand, named a starting team consisting of just two English-born players (Tommy Smith and Jonathan Hogg).
Since gaining promotion to the top flight the Cherries have a somewhat mixed record on Sunday matchdays. Of 14 Premier League games played on a Sunday, Howe’s side have won two (4-3 against Liverpool and 2-1 against Arsenal), drawn two and lost ten. Huddersfield’s only Premier League outing on a Sunday ended in a 2-1 home defeat against Manchester City.
Black and green on the road
The Cherries are unbeaten in their black and fluorescent green third kit this season, having not lost in their five outings in it to date. Sunday will be the sixth time that Eddie Howe’s side have donned the shirt and will be hoping to avoid defeat once again. Their one win in green and black came back in October in a 2-1 win against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium.
Ref watch: Oliver to officiate at Terriers
Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle, as the Cherries travel to Huddersfield on Sunday.
The fixture, which has been moved to a 12pm kick-off, will take place at the John Smith’s Stadium and shown live on BT Sport.
Oliver has taken charge of 21 Premier League fixtures to date this season, giving out 76 yellow cards, four red cards and awarding seven penalties.
It will be the second time this term that the official has refereed the Cherries, having officiated the 2-2 draw with Brighton on New Year’s Day.
However, Oliver has taken charge of Huddersfield twice to date this season, overseeing the Terries’ 4-1 win over Watford and 2-0 loss to Stoke last month.
On Saturday, the 32-year-old will be assisted by Simon Bennett and Scott Ledger, with Lee Mason the fourth official.