Eddie Howe set for AFC Bournemouth return against league leaders
New AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will be thrown in the deep end as his side face league leaders Tranmere Rovers this afternoon.
Howe, will take charge of the Cherries for the first time since January 2011 - as his side look to build on recording their first home win of the season last weekend against Leyton Orient.
Tranmere are yet to lose in League One this season, but Howe has a good record against Rovers for the Cherries. Howe guided Cherries to a 3-0 win at Prenton Park in August 2010 before the Cherries sealed a 5-3 win in the FA Cup .
"Tranmere have been excellent this season" said Howe, speaking to the club's official website.
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"I've watched them a couple of times and they are a good side. They got off to a great start and are unbeaten in the league, and full credit to Ronnie Moore.
"They are scoring a lot of goals and keeping clean sheets, so they are clearly doing something right at both ends of the pitch. Full credit to them for that because they haven't spent big money and they have done great."
The Cherries go into this afternoon's match at The Goldsands Stadium without Richard Hughes. The 33-year-old injured his hamstring last weekend, and is expected to be out of action for some time.
Bournemouth have not won two league games in a row since January - while a win today would certainly see the Dorset side exit the League One drop zone.
Tranmere came from behind to beat Yeovil Town last weekend, and will be confident of adding to their winning start to the season.
"For ourselves, it has been a disappointing start to the season in terms of results and we have to turn that round" added Howe.
"There is no magic formula, we just have to work hard to be able to do that. We are at home and the supporters do make such a big difference here.
"The lads this week have been fantastic in regard to their work and attitude and we have been really pleased at the work that has gone in. It has been a good week in preparation for the Tranmere game and it's a game we are looking forward to."