Preview: Bournemouth vs Stoke

Stoke City travel to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to face AFC Bournemouth with both teams looking to consolidate their mid-table positions.

The encounter is scheduled to kick off at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Potters manager Mark Hughes will be hoping his charges avenge their 1-0 loss at the Bet365 Stadium from earlier in the season.

"It was a frustrating day for us I seem to remember, especially with them slowing play down, and doing it very well," Hughes was quoted by his club's website on Friday.

"It was a really tough result to take because we were by far the more dominant team and to lose the game was incredibly frustrating.

"To and degree it was and similar situation to what we have found ourselves in recently — failing to capitalise on dominant periods of matches.

"We need to start doing that, and hopefully we will make a start against Bournemouth this weekend."

Just a point separates the Cherries in tenth and Stoke in 12th place.

For Bournemouth, they will be looking to finish their best ever season in England's top flight on a positive note.

However, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said he just wanted to ensure they pick up the three points in order to be mathematically safe from the drop.

"We're happy with our position as we stand right now, but we have three more big games for the football club. We want to finish as high as we can now, that's the aim," said Howe.

"Looking towards the long term the objective is always first to stay in the Premier League and we've not done that yet.

"We need to focus on that first and then it's about finishing as high as you can and that's what we'll be trying to do," he said.

Having won their last two games, against basement clubs Sunderland and Middlesbrough, the Cherries will be the more confident of the two teams.

Ibrahim Afellay (knee) and Stephen Ireland (broken leg) continue to be out for Stoke, but Saido Berahino (illness) and Jonathan Walters (knee) are back. 

On-loan England international Jack Wilshere (broken leg), Benik Afobe (hamstring), Dan Gosling (calf) and Andrew Surman (knee) remained sidelined for Bournemouth.

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