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Match Preview: Bournemouth v. Yeovil Town


By Alex O'Loughlin
November 22 2010

The Glovers travel to Dean Court this Tuesday to take on newly promoted Bournemouth, who currently lie 4th in nPower League One. 

Despite the Cherries impressive league position things off the pitch seem less certain, with the club being hit by yet another transfer embargo, denying them the opportunity to sign loan players before Thursday's deadline:

"The accounts we filed from a previous period were pretty diabolical. The results were grim and even our accountants could not put their name to them because they were in such a mess. It was virtually impossible to get them 100 per cent accurate." 

Their previous embargo was only lifted eight months ago seemingly ending the clubs recent turbulent time, in which they earned promotion from League Two and currently possess a play-off spot in League One. 

The Cherries were held by a resurgent Leyton Orient at the weekend and will be hoping to get back to winning ways with goal difference separating Bournemouth in fourth, to Oldham in seventh. 

Yeovil on the other hand are desperate for a win for different reasons, with the Glovers lying in twenty third position and four points from safety. 

New loan signing Ivan Sproule is likely to go straight into the squad, quite possibly the starting eleven, as he enters the first match of his loan spell since joining from Bristol City.

In terms of injuries there are no definite absentees at this point, but there are a number of players carrying knocks who may, or may not, recover in time. Craig Alcock felt the effects on his back after completing ninety minutes on Saturday, whilst JP Kalala received a blow to his hip. Yeovil's biggest doubts are over forward pairing Andy Welsh and Luke Freeman, who missed the trip to the Valley due to a calf strain and thigh injury respectively. 

Definitely missing will be loanee Gavin Williams who has been handed a one match suspension by the Football Association. The rules state that once a player has received fife yellow cards they face a one match ban, with Williams picking up four bookings with the Glovers and one for Bristol City back in August. 

Vice-captain Paul Huntington should be serving his one match ban for a professional foul on Akpo Sodje, although at present the FA's suspended list doesn't include the central defender. Only time will tell...

Bournemouth have injury concerns of their own, with a number of players requiring late fitness assessments ahead of tomorrow's game. Shwan Jalal and Marc Pugh are unlikely to feature after both ended up in hospital on Saturday, the severity of Jalal's injury is yet to be known, but his injury forced him to stay overnight. Meanwhile Shaun Cooper limped off in what was an eventful game in terms of injuries for the Cherries at Leyton Orient. 

Ryan Garry didn't make the trip to London at the weekend, but he may return to the squad at least as long as he has recovered from a shin problem. 

If the Cherries league position didn't suggest a tough task ahead, their dominance at home should, with Bournemouth winning six times, drawing once, and being defeated once by Colchester United. 

Sadly, the Glovers don't have the best away record either, winning just two of their nine away games so far this season, with back-to-back victories at Walsall and Rochdale back in October. The Rochdale victory was incidentally Yeovil's last victory in League One. 

If you are not travelling to Dean Court the game is available to listen to on BBC Radio Somerset 99.5FM, or follow my personal twitter page for updates:!/AlexOLoughlin17

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