Howe hopeful of Wilson return

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is upbeat about the prospect of striker Callum Wilson overcoming a hamstring problem to feature against Wolves at Molineux.

Wilson missed the 4-0 home defeat to Liverpool due to injury, but Howe seems quietly confident that the 26-year-old, who recently marked his England debut with a goal in a 3-0 win over the United States, will be able to play a part on Saturday.

He told reporters: "Callum Wilson has recovered well, so we're hopeful he'll be okay.

"You need your best players fit and available and physically he's been good, as this is the first problem he's had. We're going to be careful with the problem and wait and see."

Wilson has scored eight times in 15 appearances in the Premier League this season to help the Cherries stand in eighth place in the standings heading into the weekend action.

Howe also confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Dan Gosling is facing a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a knee operation, although he believes that the midfielder is not facing a lengthy absence.

Meanwhile, the last three meetings between Bournemouth and Wolves have ended in 2-1 final scorelines, with the Cherries winning on both of their last two visits to the Black Country.

The visitors are 10/3 to triumph by a 2-1 margin on Saturday, with the draw priced at 13/5, while Wilson is available at 15/8 to score at any time at Molineux.

Wolves go into the game having won their last two league games, against Chelsea and Newcastle United, both by 2-1 scorelines.

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Cook out for the season

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury during his side's victory over Huddersfield in midweek and the extent of it was revealed by Cherries boss Eddie Howe who said that Cook would be out of action for between six and nine months.

Howe told the club's official website: "It is a huge blow to a very talented player who has been a very important part of our side over the last 18 months.

"But Lewis is a strong character who only has to look around our dressing room for inspiration of how an injury like this is merely a setback and to know that he can come back better than ever.

"He will have the full support and love of everyone at the club throughout the next few months as he receives the very best treatment and rehabilitation possible."

Cook has made 56 appearances for Bournemouth since joining the club from Leeds United in 2016.

His form with the Cherries had led to international recognition. He was captain as England won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 and was called up to the senior squad by Gareth Southgate, winning his first cap in a friendly against Italy in March.

His injury is a severe blow to the Cherries who have enjoyed such a good start to the season; that win over Huddersfield taking them onto 23 points from 15 games and they are seventh in the table, above Manchester United.

They play Liverpool at home on Saturday and are 9/2 to inflict a first defeat of the season on Jurgen Klopp's side. Liverpool are 4/7 with the draw 16/5.

Bournemouth are 8/15 to finish in the top half of the Premier League while they are 14/1 to make the top six.

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Howe hoping to down Town

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe wants to see a big reaction from his players when they play host to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

The Cherries have lost their last four Premier League games, though has now been too disheartened by the performances – with three of those defeats coming at the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The 2-1 loss at Newcastle United, however, did bother Howe, who is desperate to see his team get back on track against the Terriers.

He told reporters: "I think, collectively, the spirit is still very good and this game will be massive for us. We need to show that our confidence hasn't dipped in any way.

"Four defeats (in a row) doesn't sit well with us. Throughout the season you're always going to have those moments unfortunately. That's just the reality of the division.

"The Newcastle game was a big frustration because we didn't get the performance or the result, but I think in the other three we have been relatively happy with a lot of what's happened.

"We just haven't quite been clinical enough or defended well enough in key moments, but a lot of positives to take from those games."

Bournemouth are set to be without Dan Gosling as he is struggling with a knee problem, but fellow midfielder Jefferson Lerma is back in contention after serving a one-match suspension.

Last season the Cherries won this fixture 4-0 and they are 3/4 to claim all three points again on Tuesday, with a 2-0 home victory available at 15/2.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth can be backed at 4/6 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Howe confirms Lerma setback

Eddie Howe has revealed that Jefferson Lerma has suffered a knee injury which will force him to miss Bournemouth's trip to Manchester City.

The 24-year-old Colombia international, who scored a spectacular own goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Arsenal, has been a key player in the Cherries midfield since his summer switch from Levante.

Howe said: "Jefferson has been good. I've been pleased with him.

"It's not an easy transition to make and he's adjusted well to the team – it's a good match and we're going to miss him."

Bournemouth have lost their last three league games but are still eighth in the table and 4/6 to finish in the top half this term.

However, Howe knows it will be difficult to return to winning ways against Pep Guardiola's team, who beat Bournemouth 4-0 in the corresponding fixture last season and are in sublime form this term.

He added: "The record against City doesn't sound great – they're the team we've struggled against the most.

"Every time we have been though we have grown. It's not damage-limitation, we want to create a historic moment for the club."

Meanwhile, David Brooks is keen to play well against a team that discarded him when he was 16.

The 21-year-old has been one of Bournemouth's best players this season following his summer arrival on the south coast from Sheffield United.

Brooks, 15/2 to score at any time against City in a game Howe's team are 25/1 to win, said: "It will be nice to go back there and hopefully play. It is a fixture I'm looking forward to.

"I was there for 10 years and didn't make the cut for the pro contracts. I was released and had to dust myself off. Thankfully, I have made it back (to the Premier League)."

Ryan ready for tough run

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser says he is looking forward to his side's tough run of upcoming games.

The Scottish winger played a starring role as his country defeated Israel 3-2 on Tuesday to seal top spot in Nations League C Group 1.

It is back to domestic matters this weekend when the Cherries welcome Arsenal to the Vitality Stadium for a game they are 5/2 to win, with the draw 11/4 and the Gunners 19/20.

Eddie Howe's men then head north to take on Manchester City on December 1 and it is likely to be a testing fortnight for a team who have been one of the Premier League's surprise packages this season.

Bournemouth sit sixth in the table heading into the weekend and their form has not gone unnoticed, with striker Callum Wilson scoring on his England debut in last week's 3-0 win over USA.

Fraser admits the atmosphere in the camp is a confident one, after what has been an excellent first three months of the campaign.

The 24-year-old says they are now looking forward to testing themselves against some of the top flight's best teams and has predicted an exciting game against the Gunners.

"We've got Arsenal on Sunday and it's a massive game," he told TalkSport. "We've then got Manchester City after that, so two hard games but hopefully we can get something out of them.

"We've had really good games against Arsenal in the past; they're obviously different under the new manager and we're a different team this season too. We both like to score goals and I think it'll be an interesting game."

Bournemouth are 16/1 for a top 6 finish.

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Howe under no illusions

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is adamant his side are underdogs going into Saturday's clash with Manchester United, despite being above the Red Devils in the table.

The Cherries have enjoyed a positive start to the season and currently find themselves just two points off the top four in the Premier League standings.

Despite their strong start, Howe is taking nothing for granted and is adamant his side will have to be at the top of their game if they are to get anything from their encounter with the stars of United at the Vitality Stadium.

He said: "I wouldn't agree with that. Every time you play Manchester United as Bournemouth, Manchester United are favourites for the game, I've got no problem for that.

"Players need to know to get anything out of the game, they are going to have to excel, perhaps even above what we have done this season, to get a positive result.

"That's my message to the players. Whenever you play the elite teams, the big guns, you have to outperform your levels."

Bournemouth are currently available at 13/5 to win, 27/10 to draw and 11/10 to lose to Jose Mourinho's side this weekend.

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Howe reveals cup target

Eddie Howe is already targeting the Carabao Cup semi-finals after watching his Bournemouth side scrape past Norwich to reach the last-eight on Tuesday night.

The Cherries boss was relieved as his players produced a "disjointed" performance against their Championship opponents at the Vitality Stadium, but they still managed to come out on top.

Junior Stanislas put the hosts in front six minutes before half-time, before the Canaries scored a deserved equaliser through Onel Hernandez on 70 minutes.

However, the Cherries restored their lead two minutes later when Steve Cook fired in from the middle of the penalty area to win the tie.

Afterwards, Howe said: "It was a tough night for us. Norwich played very well so full credit to them. We were below par and rode our luck which made it a difficult game for us.

"We looked disjointed, maybe due to players coming in who haven't had enough games, but we lacked a sharpness and fluency that's usually there. Overall, it was a disappointing performance but we withstood the pressure and found a way to win. It's great to be in the next round."

Bournemouth are now just two matches away from a Wembley final and Howe added: "It would be really nice for us to advance in the competition. We've made this step again and now we want to try to go one more and the motivation is huge to get to the semi-finals."

Bournemouth are priced at 20/1 to win the Carabao Cup, while Manchester City are available at 9/4.

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King ruled out of Canaries clash

Eddie Howe has confirmed that Josh King will miss Bournemouth's EFL Cup fourth-round clash against Championship side Norwich City.

The striker sat out Saturday's 3-0 victory at Fulham and has still not recovered from an ankle injury.

King originally sustained the problem while on international duty with Norway earlier this month.

Howe said: "Josh will definitely be out. He is the one player in the squad who will miss the game."

Meanwhile, the Cherries boss is pleased with the way his team are playing but has warned of the danger of getting carried away.

He added: "First and foremost we have to approach this game in the right way. All we are focused on is this match. We have done alright in the competition in the past few years and it is a competition we have enjoyed.

"We would love to go further than we have done before, but then you start looking too far ahead and we just have to focus on Norwich.

"We are looking forward to the match. These are great games for us. I don't see it is a distraction at all. It is a great thing to have this game and, hopefully, we give a good performance.

"This is our third home draw in a row. We are grateful for that and, hopefully, we can make the most of that advantage."

Bournemouth, 33/1 to win the EFL Cup outright, are 7/1 to beat Norwich 2-0 and 7/1 to win the match from behind.

Howe happy with Brooks progress

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe is delighted with the way summer signing David Brooks has adjusted to the challenge of Premier League football.

The 21-year-old Wales international midfielder has started seven league games so far this season for the Cherries, scoring against Crystal Palace and Watford in his last two outings.

And Howe is pleased how well the former Sheffield United schemer has adapted to life in the top-flight, while also warning that there can be no let-up by Brooks in the coming weeks and months.

He told the Daily Echo: "The biggest compliment I can give him is that he hasn't been fazed at all by the step up in league.

"He has trained as normal and when he has been given opportunities, he has had the same mentality. I've been really pleased and the future is very bright for him.

"I've seen a player who loves his football, is focused on his work and is not really about outside influences or anything other than the training and the games.

"(But) he can't get ahead of himself because we have got quality players waiting in the wings."

Bournemouth have made a fine start to the new league season, claiming 16 points from eight games to lie in sixth place in the standings heading into the international break.

They return to action on Saturday 20th October when they welcome South Coast rivals Southampton to Dean Court.

Bournemouth are currently priced at 10/11 to finish in the top half of the table, while they are 10/11 to end up in the bottom half.

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Howe: Palace are more than Zaha

Eddie Howe claims his Bournemouth side will not be just focusing on the threat of Wilfried Zaha when they face Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Cherries chief is looking for his side to rediscover their top form to bounce back from last weekend's 4-0 Premier League drubbing at Burnley.

A much-changed side defeated Blackburn 3-2 in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but Howe is set to revert to the majority of the players who have won three of their opening six league games.

Palace will arrive at the Vitality Stadium having lost just once in five with Zaha again proving to be their talisman this season with three goals in the bag to date.

However, Howe claims it is unfair to label Roy Hodgson's side a one-man team and he is wary of a number of Eagles' players who will provide a threat to Bournemouth.

Howe told Sky Sports: "He [Zaha] is an outstanding player. He did well against us in the two games last year, we found him difficult to deal with.

"From our prospective that is something we will look to improve. As I would say with any team it is not just him.

"Yes we need to deal with, be aware of and you have Andros Townsend on the other wing who has had a good start to the season.

"When [Christian] Benteke plays he is a focal point for them, they have got excellent midfielders, a lot of experience.

"So there are a lot of areas that they manage very well. But of course we have good players the other way. We know if we are at the top of our game we are a match for anyone."

Bournemouth are 5/4 to win on Monday, while Palace are 12/5 to come out on top, with Zaha 2/1 to score at any time and the draw is 5/2.

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