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AFC Bournemouth prepared for one of toughest games against Sheffield United

By DavidBol  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

AFC Bournemouth v Sheffield United

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AFC Bournemouth will look to bounce back from last week's defeat against Preston North End when they host Sheffield United in League One on Saturday.

The Cherries go into the clash having been knocked off the top of League One by Swindon Town.

Eddie Howe's side could reclaim the top spot with a win, but it won't be easy against The Blades - who are also chasing a promotion spot.

"Sheffield United have been up three all season and have been on a very good run" explained AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

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"They are very strong on the road. I think for a club of the stature of Sheffield United, there may be less pressure away from home.

"The fact that they have traveled well and the fact that we have done very well at home will have no bearing on this game.

"It's a new game between two teams who have had contrasting seasons."

Despite last weekend's shock defeat at Preston, the Cherries are still in top form - having won five out of their last last six games.

The Blades will be looking to maintain their impressive record at Bournemouth, having never lost at The Goldsands Stadium.

Earlier this season, the Yorkshire side beat the Cherries 5-3 at Brammal Lane. The Blades are just one point behind Bournemouth in the League One table, but have a game in hand over the Dorset club.

"We certainly could not underestimate the task at hand" added Howe.

"We know that this is going to be one of our toughest games that we face. Our group may have slightly less experience, but sometimes that can work for you.

"We have a challenge in front of us and so far the players have responded to that really well."

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