Both Bournemouth and Huddersfield went into the international break on a relative high after both picking up three very welcome points. This afternoon the two sides go head to head at The Vitality Stadium hoping to continue that momentum.
Eddie Howe’s men made the long journey to Newcastle and thanks to Steve Cook’s dramatic late winner they now find themselves out of the bottom three and hoping that their season can finally kickstart after a frustrating opening few months.
Bournemouth will identify this game as one that is certainly winnable and back to back victories would certainly put more daylight between the three teams that are already in the dropzone. The fact that there are only five points between Brighton in 8th and Bournemouth in 17th will give the Cherries cause for optimism that they can work their way up the ladder.
Standing in the way of progress today are Huddersfield who earned maximum points before the break with a home win over West Brom. Victory for David Wagner’s men meant that they returned to the top half of the table as they currently lie 10th.
It is those kind of games that Huddersfield should be winning if they are to beat the drop this season and they will also identify this fixture as one that they can at least pick up something for their efforts. That said they have not won away from home since the opening weekend of the campaign when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
Neither side has been to be free flowing in front of goal this season with Bournemouth scoring just seven goals from their first 11 matches while Huddersfield have scored just eight themselves, that then lends itself to the fact that there might not be a lot offer this afternoon.
Both sides would be more than happy with a 1-0 win if it meant getting maximum points, for Bournemouth it would be a shot in the arm while for Huddersfield it would further solidify their current standing in the top ten of the Premier League.
Huddersfield main creative spark this season has been Aaron Mooy but he may well have to make do with a spot on the bench this afternoon after playing as late Thursday morning UK time in Australia’s 3-0 win over Honduras which sees them book their place at next Summer’s World Cup.
The fact that Huddersfield are better off coupled with Bournemouth’s home advantage means that the two will probably cancel each other out and I have a feeling this could end up being a low scoring draw, a result that would arguably disappoint Eddie Howe more than David Wagner.
Both sides have won two from their last three so they are in relatively decent form, there really is very little to split the two teams and therefore I think I’m going to sit on the fence this afternoon and hand out a share of the points to each.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) November 17, 2017