Bournemouth v Forest Green Rovers Team News

Bournemouth
Eddie Howe

Bournemouth will look to avoid a major slip up in the Carabao Cup second round on Wednesday when they host Forest Green Rovers.

The Cherries have picked up four points from three Premier League games but are yet to taste victory on home soil this season.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup in each of the last two seasons, Eddie Howe will be hoping for another run in the competition.

They haven’t lost to lower league opposition in the League Cup since 2016-17 when they were beaten 3-2 by Preston after extra time.

Anything but a win at the Vitality on Wednesday will be regarded as a major failure for the south coast outfit.

Howe is expected to heavily rotate for the visit of the League Two outfit as he looks to have his star players fit and raring to go for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester.

Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Phillip Billing, Nathan Ake and Ryan Fraser are likely to be rested.

Dominic Solanke has struggled to have an impact since completing his move from Liverpool in January but could be handed the chance to kickstart his Cherries career on Wednesday.

Charlie Daniels is certain to miss out after leaving the field against Manchester City on a stretcher at the weekend.

The full-back is set to undergo scans on his knee injury this week but he looks likely to be sidelined for a lengthy period.

Forest Green have only completed two full seasons as a Football League club after winning promotion from the conference in 2016-17.

In just their third campaign outside of non-league football, they currently sit third in the fourth-tier after five games.

Indeed, they finished in the playoffs last season but were beaten 2-1 by Tranmere in the semi-finals.

Due to their lack of involvement in the Football League system, Rovers have only entered the League Cup on two occasions.

They will turn out in round two of the competition on Wednesday for just the second time in their history after beating Championship side Charlton on penalties.

But boss Mark Cooper will need to cope without Liam Shephard due to injury when they head to the south coast.

Matt Mills is also unavailable as he serves a one-match suspension after he picked up two yellow cards in Saturday’s victory over promotion rivals Bradford.

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