Preview: Stoke City v Bournemouth

Stoke City will be looking to extend their recent run of form in the Premier League as they welcome Bournemouth to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Mark Hughes side's recent run has lifted the pressure off his shoulders after nine games without a win in the start of the new campaign.

They are now six games unbeaten with three impressive wins along the way.

The Cherries are one point and one spot below them in 13th with 12 points and have only picked up a single point from their last three outings.

On the injury front for the home side, Hughes will be without Geoff Cameron (knee) and Glenn Whelan who limped off in a mid-week fixture with the Republic of Ireland will face a late fitness test.

Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri are available for selection after suspension and injury respectively but Hughes will be delighted his star performer came back unscathed this week following his international duty with Wales.

"He's having a great start to his career here. He's on a good contract, a long contract from my point of view, so that's great," he told reporters.

"Joe needed to play week in week out to show exactly what type of player he is and what quality he has as a player. He was limited in terms of game time at Liverpool and that was the motivation for him.

"He wanted to play week-in, week-out. He needed to find the right club to flourish and prosper and that's what he's found here."

Eddie Howe's side are winless in their last seven away games in the top flight since beating Aston Villa in April last year and will be desperate to end the barren run.

"We've been frustrated in the past two games, we've had enough chances to win several games and for whatever reason that hasn't happened. It's up to us to put that right.

"Stoke is a different place to go nowadays than it once was. They've got some very good technical players now, especially up front they're very gifted.

"It's not the test it was, but it's probably harder now because of those technical players."

Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman face late fitness tests for the visitors while right-back Adam Smith is suspended for one match for an accumulation of yellow cards.

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