Burnley host Bournemouth at the Turf Moor Stadium in a Premier League encounter on Saturday, knowing that victory can move them away from the relegation zone.
The Clarets occupy 15th position in the standings and are only four points away from bottom-placed Swansea. Sean Dyche's side will look to continue their impressive home record, having registered 13 of their 14 points at Turf Moor this season, in addition to scoring all but one of their goals at home.
Despite going down 2-1 to Manchester City in the most recent outing, Dyche is confident that his charges can avoid consecutive league defeats at home.
"We’re back at home this weekend and I think the reality is the players are human and familiarity can be easier to deal with and handle, in terms of changing room, pitch, etc," he told reporters.
"It’s the same with our fans. They make it a tough place for opposition to come to and are very vocal behind their team and this has now become a hard place for teams to visit.
"They have been terrific and if there is ever a feeling they should question something, they don’t; they get behind the team and that’s a really powerful thing.
"Even if we get a few knocks and even if things go against us, or the opposition look stronger, they don’t go against the team – and rightly so," he said.
Tom Heaton is set to return from a calf injury, which kept him out for losses against Manchester City and Stoke respectively. Steven Defour and Sam Vokes are both in contention for a starting-berth, whilst midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson is out with a hamstring injury.
The Cherries have lost three of their last five league games garnering victories against Stoke City and Liverpool.
"Back to back wins and consecutive victories is something we desperately want."
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Howes acknowledged that the trip to Burnley will prove to be a nostalgic affair, having being at the helm of the Clarets during the 2011/12 whilst they were still in the Championship.
"I can't lie and say it's just another game," he told reporters.
"It's a little bit more than that personally, both for me and for Jason Tindall my assistant."
"I really enjoyed my time at Burnley. I'm very, very fond of the town, the people who work at the club and the players we worked with who are still there.
"But it's a game for Bournemouth and we need to get as many points as we can. I think Burnley are a good side and I don't see them being in any trouble this year, they've got more than enough resilience," he said.
Charlie Daniels is expected to feature after returning from a hip injury, but the visitors will be without Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman due to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.