Howe voices survival concerns

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe has warned his side that they are not clear of the relegation battle, despite being nine points clear of the drop zone.

The Cherries have picked up just one point from their last four games and shipped 11 goals in that run, which followed a superb 4-0 home win over Chelsea just over a month ago.

And it is the rate of concession of goals, as well as the results themselves, which has Howe concerned ahead of the visit from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

He told reporters: "The goals against column is obviously something we're concerned about. We have a problem with our consistency right now.

"We're not safe and things can change very quickly in football. We know the teams above us are still within touching distance, as are the teams below us."

Meanwhile, Howe is set to make late decisions about whether Callum Wilson and David Brooks will feature against the Citizens on Saturday, but has definitely ruled both Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislas out of the game.

He added: "Callum is getting closer, so we'll make a late call on him. Injury-wise he's fine, it's just building up his fitness.

"He (Brooks) is fit to be involved. The injury itself is fine, so we need to make a call as to whether he can function in the way that he wants to."

Bournemouth can be backed at 13/2 to earn a draw against City, who are 15/2 to win the game by a 2-0 scoreline, meanwhile the Cherries are 200/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Howe rues absence of Cook

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has admitted that the loss of defensive stalwart Steve Cook to a hamstring injury is a big blow for his Cherries side.

The 27-year-old centre-back missed the 1-1 draw at home to Wolves on Saturday, putting an end to an ever-present record in the top-flight this season.

And Howe, who is preparing his players for a tough trip to Arsenal on Wednesday evening, accepts that other players will have to step up to fill the gap left by Cook, who has been with the Cherries since October 2011.

He told the Daily Echo: "Steve's had a long-standing groin problem for a couple of months, having moments when it's been better than in other moments and then in the build-up to the game on Saturday it got too much for him.

"It was a real blow to lose him, he's been one of the big leaders in our dressing room for some time and we really missed him.

"Cookie has been a model of consistency in terms of his selection. He has always been a player who has played through injuries where some players might not have.

"But this time it got to the stage where he felt he couldn't do himself or the team justice, so we hope he has a speedy recovery."

Howe also confirmed that striker Callum Wilson (knee) and midfielder David Brooks (ankle) are not yet ready to return from injury, having not been able to join in training so far this week.

The Cherries are 4/1 to earn a draw on Wednesday evening, with the Gunners 8/1 to repeat the 2-1 victory they claimed at Dean Court earlier on this season.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth are priced at 11/10 to finish the season in the top half of the Premier League table.

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Howe rules out Cherries duo

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed that both Callum Wilson and David Brooks are still some way away from a return to first-team action.

Striker Wilson has been sidelined by a knee problem since scoring in a 2-0 win at home to West Ham just over a month ago, while midfielder Brooks has not featured since the end of January after suffering an ankle injury.

And Howe, whose side have lost their last two Premier League games without scoring a goal, accepts that neither player is ready to feature against Wolves on Saturday.

He told reporters: "They're improving quickly, but this game has come too quickly for them.

"It's very difficult to know exactly when they'll return. We haven't seen them in training yet or on the grass, so still some way away."

Meanwhile, Howe was quick to praise Wolves for the way they Have adapted to life back in the top-flight, with the men from Molineux unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions.

He added: "They've made the transition look easy, which we as know it definitely isn’t – it's an incredibly hard process to go through. They have made it look easy.

"They've been consistent and they've got some big results throughout the season that I think lifted their confidence.

"Now they're in a really good moment, they've had a really good run and we know it's going to be a challenging game for us."

Bournemouth are 15/8 to defeat Wolves at Dean Court on Saturday, with a draw available at 12/5, while the visitors are 8/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Wilson’s injury concerns Howe

Callum Wilson could miss Bournemouth's Premier League clash against Chelsea but there is better news concerning Dominic Solanke.

Wilson is set to have a late fitness test to see if he can play in Wednesday's game after picking up a knee injury during the closing stages of the Cherries' 2-0 victory over West Ham United.

Solanke, who Eddie Howe signed from Liverpool earlier this month, is making good progress from his hamstring problem and may feature against Maurizio Sarri's team.

Howe said of Wilson: "Callum is going to be a doubt for the game. It's a knee problem but we're going to wait and see. We're going to give him all the time he needs to try to get fit for this game.

"Dominic has done well. He's been back on the grass with us and I've been pleased with his progress. I think I said he would be ready in February when he first signed. We will wait and see whether that's going to be any earlier."

Meanwhile, Howe has confirmed that Tyrone Mings could be set to leave the club before the transfer window shuts on Thursday with Championship sides West Brom and Aston Villa keen to sign the player.

Bournemouth are 17/4 to beat Chelsea on Wednesday and 16/1 to win the match from behind while Wilson is 21/10 to score at any time in the game.

Howe hopes for Wilson boost

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe is hoping that striker Callum Wilson has not suffered a major injury setback, having only just returned to action.

Wilson scored a superb goal in the 2-0 win at home to West Ham on Saturday, but was forced off 17 minutes from time at Dean Court due to a knee problem, having been sidelined for just over a fortnight by a hamstring issue.

And Howe has been left waiting to find out the extent of the injury, telling reporters after also see Josh King limp off late on against the Irons: "We're going to have to see how they are, but Callum's seems the more serious, limping off which is unlike him.

"We're going to have to see what he's done. It's not the hamstring, it was something in his knee, but I have no idea how serious it is."

Meanwhile, Howe was full of praise for the defensive efforts of his players against the Hammers, with the Cherries keeping a first clean sheet in their last five league games.

He added: "The players have been questioned, but I thought they came through with flying colours. I thought it was really disciplined display full of hard work.

"We've put a lot of hard work into the last few weeks and concentrated on our defending. It goes without saying, after the run that we've been on, that's what we would do and I'm very pleased that the players got their rewards."

Bournemouth are now priced at 6/5 to finish in the top half of the table and 4/6 to end up in the bottom half of the table.

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Howe weighs up Wilson return

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe will make a late decision on whether to hand striker Callum Wilson a recall for the clash with West Ham on Saturday.

The England international frontman has sat out the last two Cherries games due to a hamstring niggle and Howe is not about to take any chances with one of his most important players.

He told reporters ahead of the Hammers' visit to the South Coast: "He's been on the grass once this week and we will make a very late call on him. You have to be very careful with hamstring injuries."

Wilson has scored nine goals in 20 Premier League appearances so far this season and is 6/5 to score at any time on Saturday, with Bournemouth 11/8 to win the game and 9/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Howe has again attempted to play down talk of interest in Wilson from Chelsea, while confirming that his club have fielded no offers for any of their current squad.

He added: "We've had no interest in any of our players. Everything has just been speculation.

"I don't want to place any more pressure on Callum or any of my players by talking about things that aren't important. What's important is Callum working hard for the team and producing his best performances on a consistent basis.

"For him to be thinking about transfer fees, values and other clubs, I would recommend he focuses on Bournemouth."

Wilson scored a last-minute equaliser when Bournemouth and West Ham played out a 3-3 draw in this fixture last season.

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Howe makes Wilson view clear

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe says he would not sell star striker Callum Wilson at 'any price', with Chelsea having been linked with the England international.

Wilson has scored nine goals in the Premier League so far this season, with his excellent form seeing him breaking into the international set-up – marking his England debut with a goal in the 3-0 win over the United States in November.

His displays for the Cherries have sparked interest in his services from top-flight rivals Chelsea, but Howe says, for his part, he has no desire at all to allow Wilson to move on just yet.

Howe told reporters: "It's just my opinion, but I wouldn't sell at any price. But I'm the manager of the team, trying to create the best team I can.

"We desperately want to take the team forward and, to do that, we have to keep our best players.

"He's a very important member of the team. He has unique attributes which really complement what we do and we value him very highly.

"I've been told about the speculation – it's not something which I seek to read. It's business as normal, Callum has been bright and bubbly this week, so there are no problems there."

Bournemouth and Wilson are back in action on Sunday, when they head to Goodison Park to take on Everton, having lost all three of their previous Premier League visits to the Toffees.

The Cherries are 29/10 to gain a draw on Sunday, with Wilson 15/8 to score at any time in the game, while David Brooks can be backed at 15/4.

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Wilson would improve Chelsea

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson would make Chelsea a better side, should they secure his signature, according to Dion Dublin.

The 26-year-old Cherries forward has scored nine league goals this season and has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Dublin says he's a tougher prospect when compared to the likes of Alvaro Morata, but the pundit has warned Chelsea they'll have to pay a hefty fee in order to see Eddie Howe release the frontman.

Morata has struggled under new boss Maurizio Sarri this season, scoring just five times in the Premier League and has been linked with a return to his native Spain.

Frenchman Olivier Giroud has been vying with Morata for game-time and, so far, Sarri has been unable to find a line-up that pleases him – resulting in Eden Hazard being deployed further forward than had normally been the case.

Wilson, who earned his England debut last year, would improve Chelsea's fortunes if they can attract him to west London, according to former Aston Villa and Manchester United forward Dublin.

"Wilson has all the attributes to make them a better side going forward, he is a more out-and-out forward than what they have at present," he told BBC Sport.

"Morata seems to have a soft underbelly, he likes a tap-in but does not really like to go through the pain barrier to score goals.

"I do like Giroud, he is a very good centre-forward. He does not get the number that people expect but as a centre-forward, and as a team player, I have a lot of admiration for him."

Wilson is 50/1 to finish as the Premier League's leading goalscorer this season, while Harry Kane is 9/4 having scored 14 goals so far and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is 7/1, with 10 to his name already.

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Howe scotches Wilson exit talk

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has quashed rumours suggesting Callum Wilson will be heading to Chelsea in January.

It was suggested earlier this week that the 26-year-old was wanted by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri who had grown frustrated with the goal return of the likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Wilson has scored nine times in 18 games for the Cherries this season and also earned an England call-up, netting in the friendly international victory against the USA in November.

Howe said of the speculation: "Callum getting linked with other clubs, I think in some respects I would almost want that with every player.

"It means they are performing at their highest level and doing very well in the league they are in, so I have no problem with it.

"From my perspective, Callum's future is here. He is a massive part of what we are doing and I just want to see him continue to score goals for us."

Bournemouth signed Wilson from Coventry City for £3million in 2014 and, despite suffering two serious injuries during his time with the club, he has scored 47 times in 122 league appearances.

Bournemouth, 25/1 to win the EFL Cup this season, can be backed at 4/5 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Howe's team are 5/6 to beat Brighton on Saturday.

Zola confirms interest in Wilson

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola says his club are monitoring Bournemouth's Callum Wilson ahead of Wednesday's EFL Cup quarter-final tie.

The striker has been in excellent form this season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in a run that helped him earn a first England call-up last month.

A goal on his debut against the USA further enhanced his reputation and Chelsea have been linked with his signature in recent weeks.

Neither Alvaro Morata nor Olivier Giroud have impressed Maurizio Sarri and the Italian will hope for a first-hand look at the 26-year-old on Wednesday.

The Cherries head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup for the second straight season but it is unclear if Wilson will get a run, with Eddie Howe likely to rotate.

Chelsea are 3/10 to win the game, while the draw after 90 minutes is 5/1 and Bournemouth 10/1.

Whether the Dorset club will be able to hold on to their star man in January remains uncertain and Zola believes Chelsea are one of a number of clubs who maybe preparing to swoop once the window open.

"I'm sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us," he said. "Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many."

Chelsea are 11/4 to win the EFL Cup, with the Cherries available at 25/1.

Wilson can be backed at 40/1 to win the Golden Boot.

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