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Preview: Preston North End v AFC Bournemouth

By DavidBol  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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AFC Bournemouth v Preston North End

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AFC Bournemouth will aim to cement their place at the top of League One when they visit Deepdale to take on Preston North End.

The Cherries are looking for their sixth straight league win against manager-less Preston - who parted company with Graham Westley after Tuesday's defeat against Yeovil Town.

Marc Pugh could feature after missing Bournemouth's win against Crewe Alexandra during the week, but manager Eddie Howe is wary of the added pressure of being league leaders.

"Going to a place like Preston is always tough and when you are at the top, there is extra pressure" said Howe.

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"I have said to the players, let's relish that pressure. This is the stuff you want to be involved in and the players should be loving every minute of it.

"We all know that people want to beat us, but the important thing is that we don't give them any hope."

The two sides shared a 1-1 draw in August thanks to a Tommy Elphick goal. The Cherries will be confident of extending their unbeaten run, having won four of their last five matches at Preston.

The Lillywhites have picked up just one win in their last 14 games, and will have caretaker boss John Dreyer in charge this afternoon.

"This game comes in a tough period and at the moment we are coming through it" added Howe.

"We can't rest on our laurels and we have to be totally focused on the task ahead."

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