Date:Wednesday March 12 2014
12th March 2014
The Cherries make the trip to Blackburn to complete a Lancashire double header.
After playing at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road on Saturday, Eddie Howe's men have made a quick return to the north west for the match at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park.
Blackburn Rovers are currently 10th in the Championship table, nine points adrift from the play-off places.
Their recent back to back defeats to Bolton and Burnley have hit their hopes of a final season run at the play-offs.
The Cherries meanwhile have won back to back games and have jumped to 15th in the table, just four points behind Blackburn.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo...
"It has all the makings of being a good game. Blackburn are another big club in the Championship and Ewood Park is a great stadium. Their pitch is excellent so it will be good to play on a nice surface.
"They are probably hurting from the derby defeat and I think that will make it a very interesting game. It is a difficult one to judge because it had been such a long time since they had lost a derby. They are such keenly-contested games that it would have been seen as a big loss for them.
"They are a good side and have some dangerous players so, however it has affected them, we know it will be a very difficult game. We were delighted to get three points at Blackpool and now we want another three...'
Blackburn defender Matt Kilgallon will face a late fitness test after he missed the Burnley game with a groin injury.
Tom Cairney (ankle), Josh King (hamstring), Ben Marshall and Dickson Etuhu (both ankle) remain on the sidelines.
Whilst David Dunn might be rested after he played against Burnley on Saturday.
24 year old Jordan Rhodes has enjoyed an excellent few seasons in the Football League.
After scoring 87 times in 148 appearances for Huddersfield, Rhodes made the £8million move to Blackburn in August 2012.
So far he has scored 45 goals in 83 appearances for Rovers, with 17 goals coming this season from 37 games.
Both Harry Arter and Yann Kermorgant missed the games away to Blackpool at the weekend and could still be doubts ahead of this evenings match with Blackburn.
Cherries defensive duo of Elliott Ward and Charlie Daniels also remain sidelined.
AFC Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick put in a captains performance on Saturday against Blackpool, helping the side to not only back to back victories but also consecutive clean sheets.
He will be important today to keep Blackburn's attack quiet.
Head to Head
Bournemouth wins - 3
Blackburn Rovers wins - 11
Draws - 5
Last time out
The former Premier League champions won the match earlier this season at Dean Court 3-1.
Famously the Cherries won their last encounter with Blackburn at Ewood Park.
The Cherries and Blackburn drew 3-3 after extra time, with Eddie Howe scoring the decisive spot kick to advance to third round of the League Cup in September 2004.
The last time the two sides met at Ewood Park in the league was February 1990, when the game 1-1.
15th March 2014, AFC Bournemouth V Middlesbrough, 3pm.
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