Date:Saturday October 19 2013
19th October 2013
Championship football returns this weekend after another two week period of twiddling our thumbs due to the international break.
The Cherries travel to Nottingham Forest to take on the 'might' of the former two time European Champions.
Eddie Howe's AFC Bournemouth will make the trip as underdogs to face one of the many sides aiming for promotion to the Premier League, but not quite as the minnows that a rather controversial article in the Nottingham Post suggests.
Whilst the two sides histories might be poles apart, this season in the second tier of English football the different equates to just four places and six points.
Forest are fourth with 22 points, while the Cherries are eighth with 16 points.
Nottingham Forest's home record is the second best in the Championship to-date with four wins from five.
The Cherries however have the worst defensive away record in the division, conceding on average 3.20 goals per game, due mainly in part to the eleven goals conceded against Watford and Huddersfield at the start of the season.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo...
"We are coming into a really tough spell and that is why the win against Millwall was so important because it has given us a confidence booster going into these two games.
"We know we will have to be at our best defensively. We know it is an area we need to improve on and have done quite a lot of work in the past two weeks. I am happy with how training has gone, we have got a few players back and the squad looks stronger so we can really attack the games in good spirits.
"Nottingham Forest are a very hard working team and have obvious quality in the forward positions. They have had a really good season so far and I expect them to maintain their push and be up there for the majority of the season. I think they are real promotion contenders.
Forest defender Kelvin Wilson is only rated as 'touch and go` for a return from a back injury.
Right back Eric Lichaj is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Brighton.
Nathaniel Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea is also suspended as he was sent off during the same game.
According to Vital Forest, Andy Reid is 'in the form of his career and despite his reputation for being a bit of a bloater, he's as fit as an Irish fiddle this time around. He's instrumental in everything good we do at present. As well assisting in many of the goals we've scored, he's found the net on 5 occasions so far himself.
Jack Collison, Shaun MacDonald and Ryan Fraser all withdrew from international duty last week, but are all in contention for the trip.
Ryan Allsop returns from suspension although Stephen Henderson is expected to keep his place after joining on loan.
Charlie Daniels, Lewis Grabban and Mohamed Coulibaly have all received treatment over the past couple of weeks and are doubtful.
While long term absentees Matt Ritchie, Joe Partington and Wes Fogden are definitely unavailable.
The Cherries defender will return to the City Ground for the first time since he left Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.
Ward had spent two loan spells with Forest, making 31 appearances for the club last season.
Head to Head
Bournemouth wins - 3
Nottingham Forest wins - 4
Draws - 3
Last time out
The Cherries last travelled to the City Ground in August 2007 for a 0-0 draw.
The return match at Dean Court finished 2-0 to the Cherries.
26th October 2013, Leicester City Vs AFC Bournemouth, 3pm.
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Date:Saturday October 19 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)
Grabban: Nice to be back and scoring (Monday December 9 2013)
O'Kane: Performance was incredible (Monday December 9 2013)
Elphick & Surman praise support (Monday December 9 2013)
Surman: I have been chomping at the bit (Monday December 9 2013)
Home draw for the Cherries (Monday December 9 2013)
Francis: A huge win (Sunday December 8 2013)
Professional Cherries make Royals work (Saturday December 7 2013)
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