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It was going to happen at some point, but not many would have thought that Bournemouth’s first loss of the campaign would come at home against an inconsistent Preston side.
The 2-1 defeat brought to an end the Cherries’ 16-game unbeaten run and also halted their five-match winning streak that had seen them pencilled in as promotion winners with just three months of the season gone.
It was also the first time they had conceded more than once in a game since August and at the other end of the pitch, Dominic Solanke failed to net for the first time in four matches.
Scott Parker emphasised that his team’s reaction to the defeat was the most important thing and Bournemouth’s promotion credentials will certainly be measured by their ability to bounce back.
The Cherries are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Swansea, with the Welsh side last tasting victory in this fixture in October 2007 when the two teams were in League One.
Bournemouth remain without Jordan Zemura, who has an ankle injury, so Chris Mepham is likely to deputise again at left-back.
Alternatively, Leif Davis could take up that position if he is able to return from illness or Parker may turn to Robbie Brady, who is yet to feature since signing last month.
Twenty-one-year-old pair Gavin Kilkenny and Jaidon Anthony are in contention to return to the starting lineup after dropping to the bench in midweek.
Although this is the third game in the space of a week, Martin could be tempted to name an unchanged side once again after winning the last two matches with the same XI.
Piroe has netted four goals and registered two assists in his last five matches, but has only found the net once in his last four away games.
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Ryan Bennett‘s yellow card against Coventry in midweek means he is one booking away from incurring a one-match suspension.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Travers; Stacey, Cahill, Kelly, Mepham; Lerma, Kilkenny, Billing; Christie, Solanke, Anthony
Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Hamer; Bennett, Naughton, Manning; Laird, Smith, Grimes, Bidwell; Ntcham, Paterson; Piroe