AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries failed to follow up an impressive win over Chelsea and were comfortably beaten by Cardiff City, a game which Eddie Howe says hinged on early goals in both halves for the hosts which “gave them a huge lift.” That makes it seven straight losses on the road and Saturday won’t get any easier with a trip to Anfield. Nathaniel Clyne – ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement - must sit this one out and Bournemouth switch to a 3-5-2 in the absence of Simon Francis (ACL knee). Junior Stanislas has been called upon the past to deputise at right-back if Howe prefers to maintain a flat back four as he has done for most of the campaign. David Brooks is out of the contest, but initial reports of 4-6 weeks out were a little wide of the mark and the Welshman could return before the end of the month. Dominic Solanke was handed his first start of the season at the Cardiff City Stadium but struggled having missed the previous six weeks with a hamstring strain.

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