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Bournemouth Boss Expects a Tough Week

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is ready to embrace a busy upcoming week, seeing his side play in three consecutive away games in just eight days.

The Cherries travel to Rotherham for Saturday’s league fixture, followed by Leeds United on Tuesday, topping off a hectic week with an FA cup tie against Premier League side, Aston Villa.

Howe said: “We enjoy playing games and the only tough bit about it for us is it’s three away games and more so for our supporters who have been brilliant for us on the road this year.

“Rotherham and Leeds are long journeys and of course Aston Villa which is a special game in the cup so it’s a good week”.

Bournemouth will hope for a repeat of their previous performance against Rotherham, as Eddie Howe’s side triumphed 5-1 in the FA cup only a fortnight ago.

Despite his side’s recent success at Rotherham, Howe is expecting a more difficult task second time round.

“I think it will be different teams from both sides. The FA cup has a totally different feel to league games, I expect a lot bigger crowd, a tougher examination of us.

“Hopefully we can step up and meet the challenge head on, on the back of a defeat which has been unlike us in our recent form; it will be a good test of character for us.”

With many good performances during the 5-1 win over Rotherham, the Bournemouth manager is having difficulty in his squad selection for Saturday’s clash:

“We’ll try and pick the best team for this game, certainly those guys that day did themselves no harm in terms of our future thinking, and getting their opportunity in the team, I can think back to many good performances that day.

“It will be a tough week for us with the travelling; I don’t think you can underestimate that”.