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AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City

Match preview

1 Feb 2018
Paul Lambert, Stoke City

AFC Bournemouth will be without defender Adam Smith (thigh). Jermain Defoe (ankle) and Tyrone Mings are long-term absentees.

Stoke City have no fresh injury concerns and will assess the fitness of new signing Badou Ndiaye ahead of the match.

Did you know?

Stoke have kept clean sheets in both of their matches under Paul Lambert and could secure a third successive shutout for the first time since November 2015. They had only one clean sheet in 21 matches before Lambert took charge.

Stoke have conceded 30 goals away from home in the Premier League this season, four more than any other side.

AFC Bournemouth are unbeaten in six Premier League matches (W3 D3). Only Tottenham Hotspur's unbeaten run of seven matches is longer in the competition.

Callum Wilson has had a hand in six goals in his last six Premier League matches (four goals, two assists), after failing to score or assist in any of his six previous league outings.

What the managers say

Eddie Howe: "Every game is so different and in this division every game is so difficult and this [Stoke] will be an entirely different game."

See: Smith out of Stoke clash

Paul Lambert: "We are not Chelsea, we will play differently and we will pose our own questions by playing the way that we play."

See: Lambert wants selection dilemmas 

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Marc Perry, Mick McDonough
Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh

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