Howe considers switching targets

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe says he may be forced to alter his January transfer plans after seeing Josh King suffer a hamstring injury.

King had to be replaced shortly before half-time in the 2-1 home victory over Everton on Saturday, with the Cherries already without Jermain Defoe until February due to an ankle problem.

And, with King expected to be absent for at least a couple of weeks, Howe accepts that he may have to have a rethink about his potential targets.

He told Sky Sports: "We've picked up another injury in Josh King, but we've got one or two bodies coming back, so it's a little bittersweet.

"It looks like a hamstring problem, so that could be a minimum of two weeks.

"We are a little light in the striker department now with Josh's injury, so we'll have to wait and see if that changes our transfer policy."

King, who scored 16 Premier League goals last season, has managed just two in 18 appearances so far this term.

Minus King, the Cherries are back in action on New Year's Day when they head to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

The two sides have already met twice this season, with Bournemouth winning 2-1 at Dean Court in the league in mid-September and 1-0 in the EFL Cup just four days later.

The visitors are 12/5 to claim a much-needed three points on Monday, with the draw priced at 11/5, while Bournemouth are available at 1/4 not to be relegated this season.

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Moyes rues ‘killer’ call

David Moyes admitted an enormous sense of frustration after a controversial refereeing call denied West Ham victory over Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

West Ham led the game 3-2 in stoppage time before Callum Wilson diverted a Nathan Ake header into the Hammers net. The goal was initially disallowed for offside before referee Bobby Madley gave it having consulted with his assistant.

Moyes was finding it hard to understand how the decision apparently got reversed.

His side felt aggrieved on two counts, with Wilson seemingly in an offside position when Ake's header skimmed across the goal, but also his vital touch was in fact handball – West Ham claimed.

"I think he said the assistant referee only put his flag up to draw attention to it, and I've never heard of that ever," said Moyes.

"To lose a goal like that is killer – it's hard to take."

James Collins had put the Hammers ahead early in the first half, though Dan Gosling levelled before the break. Ake gave the Cherries an advantage before in-form Marko Arnautovic hit a brace in the final ten minutes to seemingly give Moyes' side the win.

The Scot could not get his head around the decision to award Wilson's goal.

Moyes added: "If the assistant referee raises his flag, what would it be for? Offside? Arguably you could say that it was offside, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. But I can't give them any benefit of the doubt for their player raising his hand."

Opposite number Eddie Howe had sympathy for Moyes.

"It looks like we might have got away with one there," said the Cherries boss. "But I thought a draw was the least we deserved. I know it's difficult for West Ham to take."

West Ham are 10/11 to beat struggling West Brom at the London Stadium on 2nd January. The Baggies are 3/1 with the draw 12/5.

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Howe rocked by Defoe blow

Eddie Howe has been hit by the news that Jermain Defoe is out for up to 10 weeks but insists he won't panic buy in January.

Defoe was injured in the Cherries EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea in midweek and the club have now confirmed that he has suffered a fractured ankle, meaning a lengthy lay-off.

It is a severe blow to Bournemouth who slipped into the Premier League bottom three after Saturday's 4-0 defeat to leaders Manchester City.

After a revival in October and November when they won three in four games, they are now winless in seven and will hope to arrest that slide when they entertain fellow strugglers West Ham on Boxing Day.

Howe stressed after Saturday's loss that they had played both Manchester clubs and Liverpool in their last three games and, though all have been lost, his team now have the opportunity to pick up points over the Christmas programme.

The game against the Hammers is followed by another home game, against Everton, on Saturday and then a trip along the south coast to Brighton on New Year's Day.

The January transfer window then opens but Howe says that he will not be looking to rush to replace Defoe with plenty of forwards already at the club.

He said: "The beauty of it is we do have a good array of options in the striking department – five strikers are quite a lot to carry.

"Usually we play with two up front so I think that was a necessity. It would be a blow to lose Jermain for any amount of time but I think we've got the cover.

"We maybe don't have the strength in depth in terms of numbers at the moment with the injuries but hopefully they'll be back soon."

The Cherries are 13/8 to win on Boxing Day with the Hammers, just one place above the drop zone, priced at 8/5. The draw is 23/10.

Bournemouth are 2/1 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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Howe sings Citizens’ praises

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe believes Manchester City are well on their way to becoming a great team, having dominated the Premier League so far this season.

The Cherries head to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday looking to become the first team to deny the Citizens victory in 17 top-flight games, with the men from Manchester currently 11 points clear of the chasing pack.

And Howe admits he has been highly impressed by the way City have gone about their work, although he says they need to win more silverware to be seen as on the great teams of English football.

He told reporters: "I think they're on their way to being a great team.

"You can only truly say that when they win something, but the style of football they have, the players they have, the way they're coached – it's a really good mix for them.

"They're playing with extreme confidence at the moment and full credit to them. It's been very impressive."

City are priced at 1/8 to defeat the Cherries on Saturday, with a draw available at 10/1, while the Citizens are 7/1 to win the game by a 3-0 scoreline.

Bournemouth will definitely be without striker Jermain Defoe for the game, with Howe confirming that the England international is seeing a specialist after suffering an ankle injury against Chelsea in midweek.

He added: "We're sending Jermain to a specialist, so we'll know more off the back of that appointment.

"We are concerned it could be a more serious injury than just an ankle twist, but we'll wait and see, so fingers crossed on that. It's difficult to speculate until we get the specialist's opinion."

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Howe rues Defoe injury blow

Bournemouth fear they could be without striker Jermain Defoe for a significant period after he suffered an ankle injury in the 2-1 League Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea.

Defoe, who has scored three goals since his return to the Cherries last summer, had to be replaced after just 17 minutes of the clash with the Blues at Stamford Bridge, having fallen heavily as he was fouled by Ethan Ampadu.

And head coach Eddie Howe fears that Defoe could be sidelined for some time, with the busy festive period just around the corner.

He told the club's official website: "Jermain looks like he's got some damage to his ankle ligaments, it was a nasty tackle. He went over on his ankle, he wasn't right and he had to come off.

"I haven't seen it back, but I didn't think it was a red card and my gut was that it was a yellow. However, we have lost Jermain and that's going to be a big blow."

Howe also has concerns over midfielder Harry Arter, who limped off with a calf problem 16 minutes from time at Stamford Bridge, with Joshua King, Charlie Daniels and Brad Smith having all missed the clash with the Blues due to knocks.

And next up for the Cherries is a very tough test on Saturday when they head to the Etihad Stadium to take on runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Citizens have dropped a mere two points from 18 league games played so far this season and have claimed a record 16 consecutive win going into the clash with Bournemouth.

The visitors are 8/1 to claim a draw on Saturday, with the hosts 7/1 to secure a 3-0 victory, while Bournemouth are available at 5/2 to be relegated this season.

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Cherries pair miss Blues date

Bournemouth are set to be without both Joshua King and Charlie Daniels for the League Cup quarter-final at Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

Defender Daniels (groin) and striker King (hamstring) both had to be replaced during the 4-0 home Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Sunday and Cherries head coach Eddie Howe is unlikely to risk either of them at Stamford Bridge.

He told reporters: "We don't think they are serious injuries, but they are enough to keep them out of tomorrow and we will wait and see for Manchester City."

However, Howe is hopeful that striker Callum Wilson will be able to feature against the Blues, having sat out the weekend action due to a slight knee problem.

He added: "Callum should be okay. He had an injection in his knee as he was feeling a bit of discomfort on one movement.

"He hasn't trained yet, but we hope he will be fine."

Wilson has been restricted to just nine appearances so far this season, but has scored four goals, one of them in a 3-1 League Cup win over Middlesbrough.

The men from the south coast have lost their last four meetings with Chelsea, including a 1-0 Premier League defeat at the Vitality Stadium in late October, when Eden Hazard netted the only goal of the game.

Howe's side are available at 9/2 to reach the League Cup semi-finals and are 22/1 to claim a 1-0 victory in 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, with Bournemouth 22/1 to progress following a penalty shootout.

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Mourinho expects a reaction

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that he wants to see his team come back positively after their derby defeat on Sunday.

United lost 2-1 to neighbours City at Old Trafford at the weekend; a defeat which leaves them 11 points behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League table.

They have the chance to bounce back after that loss with Bournemouth the visitors on Wednesday night and Mourinho says the experience of Sunday should be enough to spur his team on.

He told a press conference ahead of the game: "When you lose you probably have a little bit more desire to win it. Nobody wants to lose once. Nobody wants to lose twice. Every team in the world, when you lose a match, the next one you have a little bit extra to give."

The United boss was remaining positive despite the weekend's blow in their bid for another Premier League title.

"The number of points that we have, last season we had seven less or eight less in this moment," Mourinho added.

"Last season we drew at home against Bournemouth. Now let's try to do better than we did last season."

United are 2/7 to win the game with Eddie Howe's side priced at 12/1 with the draw at 5/1.

United will again be without Paul Pogba for the game; the midfielder is still suspended, though Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo are in contention after recent injury concerns.

Bournemouth, who have recovered after an awful start to the season, will have Adam Smith back after suspension.

The Cherries are 14th in the table, three points clear of the bottom three.

United are 16/1 to win the Premier League title this season while they are 1/8 to finish in the top four.

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Austin rescues point for Saints

Charlie Austin scored his third goal in three games to salvage a point for Southampton from their derby game away at Bournemouth.

The south-coast derby ended 1-1 with the Cherries leading at half-time through a Ryan Fraser goal only for Austin to equalise in the second half.

An even game saw the home side take the lead just before the interval, Fraser firing past Fraser Forster in the Saints goal.

However, Southampton were more of a threat in the second period, Nathan Redmond coming on in place of James Ward-Prowse and he set up Austin for the leveller just after the hour mark.

Austin scored twice against Everton last month and could have scored a winner against Bournemouth, his header going wide 10 minutes from time.

So he and his team had to settle for a point and his manager Mauricio Pellegrino said a draw was the right result.

He told Sky Sports after the game: "I think it was a fair result, it was a really tight game, both teams wanted to win the game. It was a nice derby. Obviously at the end of the first half they were a bit better than us after scoring but our reaction was really positive and for me it was a nice game."

The home side were left aggrieved by a penalty decision going against them, Adam Smith adjudged to have dived after a challenge by Sofiane Boufal in the first half.

It was a decision that angered Cherries boss Eddie Howe who said: "It was a clear penalty. I felt it at the time. I could not believe what the referee did and to see it again makes you feel even worse, it's one of the most stonewall penalties you will see all season."

Southampton stay 11th in the Premier League table following the result and are in action again next Sunday when they are at home to Arsenal.

They are 3/1 for the win with the Gunners 10/11 and the draw 5/2. Saints are 14/1 to win the game 2-1.

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Howe relishing ‘huge’ Saints clash

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has described Sunday's Premier League visit of Southampton as "huge" as both teams look to bounce back from defeats.

Howe watched as Burnley ruined his 40th birthday celebrations in midweek as they triumphed 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium and he is desperate for the Cherries to get back on track when their south coast rivals arrive this weekend.

The Saints go into the game having suffered stoppage time heartbreak at league leaders Manchester City when Raheem Sterling's strike denied them a massive point at the Etihad Stadium.

Mauricio Pellegrino's will also be keen to hit back after that 2-1 reverse and Howe claims it has provided the ingredients for a mouthwatering tussle on Sunday.

"It's a huge game for the football club, and the supporters," said Howe, who is hoping midfielder Junior Stanislas will be able to return from a groin injury which has kept him sidelined since the end of October.

"I see it as a derby, it's as close to a derby as we're going to get. I think it's becoming more of a derby as we play more games against them.

"We'll enjoy the atmosphere and the rivalry. I think Southampton have got very talented players. They played very well here, and we played very well there. Both were very tight games."

Bournemouth are 2/1 to win the game, while the Saints are available at 8/5 and the draw is priced at 9/4.

Howe hints at Stanislas return

Eddie Howe has not given up hope that Junior Stanislas will be fit enough to feature in Sunday's clash between Bournemouth and Southampton.

The 28-year-old has missed the Cherries' last four games, including the midweek home loss to Burnley, because of the groin problem he picked up against Chelsea in October.

He has only featured in five top-flight matches this term, finding the net once – against Stoke City.

Howe said: "We will make a late decision on Junior. He has still not trained a great deal and has been out a while now. I think he would probably say he is technically fit but is he match fit? That is the question.

"It will be a big lift is he is involved. He is an outstanding player who did very well for us last season. He might well come into the matchday squad, we will see."

Meanwhile, Howe has suggested that Lewis Cook, Ryan Fraser and Jermain Defoe could feature against Saints after they all impressed when coming off the substitutes bench against Burnley.

The former Clarets boss added: "The substitutes did very well. Lewis Cook came on and gave us a real lift and Ryan Fraser and Jermain Defoe also played their part.

"The final 20 minutes were the brightest part of the game for us."

The Cherries are four points above the drop-zone and can be backed at 9/2 to be relegated this season. They are 19/10 to beat Southampton on Sunday and 7/1 to win the match by a two-goal margin.