Date:Thursday August 29 2013
31st August 2013
League One champions Doncaster Rovers host League One runners-up AFC Bournemouth on Saturday in the Championship.
Both teams won automatic promotion to the second tier of English football last season and have had mixed fortunes so far this season.
The Cherries have won all three league and cup matches at Dean Court, but have lost all three league and cup matches away from home.
Doncaster have won one, drawn one and lost one so far in the league, beating former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers, drawing with FA Cup holders Wigan and losing to Blackpool.
Both sides will be hopeful to break their current runs with a win.
Howe told the Daily Echo...
"They will be quite strong. They have invested wisely in the players they have brought in without changing their style too much and it will be a familiar test for us,"
"It`s a good ground, the surface is very good and we will certainly be taking our style of play to them."
Summer signing Harry Forrester is very close to a return. He came on for the final few minutes in midweek, his first appearance since pre-season.
Paul Keegan will be back in the squad after serving a one-match suspension.
James Coppinger went off at half time in the midweek defeat to Leeds, so he could be a doubt.
Jamie McCombe and Marc De Val Fernandez are out long-term.
A young left back who is getting better with every game. He likes to get forward and he has good delivery.
* Home team news and Player to watch courtesy of Vital Doncaster.
AFC Bournemouth left back Charlie Daniels is yet to return following his heel injury. He's likely to miss out to give him longer to recover with the international break immediately following this game.
Tokelo Rantie is still awaiting international clearance and could also miss out.
Harry Arter was rested from the side that lost to Watford in midweek in the League Cup and is expected to return to the Cherries midfield.
Head to Head
Doncaster Rovers wins - 13
Bournemouth wins - 13
Draws - 11
Last time out
The Cherries beat Doncaster at the Keepmoat last November with a 1-0 victory.
14th September 2013, Blackpool Vs AFC Bournemouth, 3pm.
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Date:Thursday August 29 2013
Howe: Pivotal stage of the season (Friday December 13 2013)
Elphick: Birmingham are a sleeping giant (Friday December 13 2013)
O'Kane: Looking forward to the challenge (Friday December 13 2013)
Arter: Reading victory was the benchmark (Friday December 13 2013)
Cherries host Birmingham (Friday December 13 2013)
Coulibaly returns to training (Thursday December 12 2013)
Allsop: Concentrating on recovering (Thursday December 12 2013)
Cherries defeat QPR (Wednesday December 11 2013)
Tindall: Tough week for Ritchie (Tuesday December 10 2013)
Rantie: It has been a struggle (Tuesday December 10 2013)
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