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Match preview: Burnley v Bournemouth

Bournemouth travel to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon looking to continue their impressive run of form this season against an out of sorts Burnley side.

The two sides couldn’t have had a more contrasting start to the season, with the Cherries enjoying their best ever start to a top flight campaign and Burnley enduring their worst start to a Premier League season.

Sean Dyche’s side have lost four consecutive league matches thus far, conceding 10 goals in the process; a tally they took 13 games to reach last season.

Bournemouth meanwhile have won three of their opening five league encounters, recording their highest points total after five fixtures since 2009, when they had 12 points at this stage in League Two.

Eddie Howe has Junior Stanislas back after his long-term knee injury, with the midfielder available after featuring for the Under-21’s earlier in the week. Charlie Daniels (knee) and Kyle Taylor (calf) are the only injury concerns for the Cherries.

Burnley will be without record signing Ben Gibson, with the defender ruled out for at least another two weeks following hernia surgery on Thursday.

Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are both continuing their recoveries following respective long-term knee injuries and will both miss the visit of Bournemouth.

The Cherries’ only competitive victory over Burnley came on the final day of last season at the 15th attempt of asking, following six draws and eight defeats against the Clarets.

Defeat for Burnley on Saturday would be the first time they’ve lost five successive top flight fixtures since 1976, and would equal the club’s record of four consecutive Premier League defeats at Turf Moor.

Ryan Fraser has been involved in exactly half of Bournemouth’s 10 league goals this season, either scoring or assisting, while Josh King has found the back of the net in his least three appearances against Saturday’s opponents.

Kick Off: 15:00, 22/09/2018 Venue: Turf Moor