Cherries prepare for Stoke City

Eddie Howe looking ahead to Stoke City Credit: PA

Bournemouth host Stoke City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday looking to bounce back from defeat to Arsenal last time out.

Two goals in two minutes from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended the Cherries' four-match unbeaten run in all competitions, leaving Eddie Howe's men five points clear of the relegation zone.

Stoke meanwhile head into the fixture off the back of consecutive 3-0 defeats to Everton and Manchester United respectively, are without a win from their last four league games.

Mark Hughes' side did come out on top the reverse fixture at The Britannia however, with Dan Gosling's equaliser cancelled out by a late Mame Biram Diouf header.

Bournemouth are still without Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel, who are all out with long-term knee injuries, and Marc Wilson (Knee), Charlie Adam (Calf) and Shay Given (Knee) are all missing for the Potters.

January signing Benik Afobe will be hoping to continue his fine form in front of goal, with three goals in his last four Premier League outings, whilst Stoke have not scored in their last five league games.

No away side has won between these two from their last 12 meetings, and Eddie Howe will be hoping that trend continues this weekend, however the Cherries have only won three of their 12 league matches at the Vitality this season.

Mark Hughes' side have lost three consecutive league games, and have not lost four in a row since February 2012.

Kick Off: 15:00, Saturday 13th February.

By Oliver Birch