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Bournemouth ready for Seagulls visit

Mick Cunningham Photo: Eddie Howe

AFC Bournemouth will be eager to record their first win in six games as they take on play-off chasing Brighton at the Goldsands Stadium on Saturday afternoon (12.15pm).

Eddie Howe's side slumped to 16th in the Championship table as they narrowly lost against Derby County last weekend.

Jamie Ward's effort condemned the Cherries to their third defeat in four games, in which Howe's men have only netted twice over that period.

Matt Ritchie was welcomed back against the Rams but teammate Steve Cook is a doubt for the clash against his former club after picking up an ankle injury in that loss.

However, Tommy Elphick is available to face the Seagulls, of whom he played for 153 times over a seven-year spell.

Brighton come into the game with contrasting fortunes on the back of a three-game winning streak.

Last time out, Oscar Garcia's side took three points from Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

The early kick off means they have the chance to rise up to fifth with victory on Saturday - for a couple of hours at least - but they will be without the suspended Bruno in their quest to do so.

The 33-year-old collected his fifth caution of the season in last weekend's win and will be replaced by Inigo Calderon at right back, who hasn't played since October's defeat against Nottingham Forest.

Both clubs have come a long way since the last time they met - a League One clash in January 2011, in which Liam Feeney scored the only goal to record a Bournemouth win.

With Brighton now pushing for a spot in the top flight, and the Cherries surprising many with their early season form since their promotion last season, this south-coast spectacle will be an interesting test to see just how far the two clubs have progressed.