Stoke will be hoping to break a 12-match away win hoodoo when they travel to face Bournemouth in their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has no fresh injury or suspension worries ahead of the game.
The Cherries’ boss believes his side, especially his new recruits, are becoming fitter but Tommy Elphick, who played a game behind closed doors in midweek, will not be back in time to face Stoke.
Max Gradel, who has been out since August with an ACL knee injury came back to training this week but is yet to kick a football and has “a lot of hurdles to overcome” but Howe is confident he will play before the season ends.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes to have forward Jonathan Walters back.
Walters missed the 3-0 loss to Everton last weekend due to a virus, but returned to training on Thursday.
Potters captain Ryan Shawcross (back) is nearing readiness for his return to action but this game comes too soon for him, along with Geoff Cameron (ankle) and Charlie Adam (calf).
- None of the last 12 meetings between Bournemouth and Stoke City were won by the away team (10 home wins, two draws).
- Stoke earned their first Premier League win of the season in the reverse fixture in September, beating Eddie Howe’s men 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
- Bournemouth have won just three of their 12 Premier League games at home this season (D4 L5) – they have won more often away from home in 2015-16 (4).
- Stoke have lost their last three Premier League games – they haven’t lost four in a row in the Premier League since February 2012.
- The Potters are without a goal in their last four successive Premier League games and haven’t scored in the competition for six hours and 12 minutes now.
- The last time that Stoke failed to score in five successive top-flight league games was March 1985 (eight games).
- Jack Butland has been forced into making a league-high 88 saves in the Premier League this season.
- Callum Wilson is still Bournemouth’s top scorer in the Premier League this season (5), yet hasn’t played since the end of September.
- Eddie Howe’s side have scored a league-high tally (8) and proportion (28%) of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.
- The Cherries’ Dan Gosling has averaged a league-high 13.0kms per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.