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While Bournemouth are level on points with Huddersfield, they do have three games in hand over the Terriers, so remain in the driving seat in the race for automatic promotion.
However, the Cherries have faltered over the last week, losing 2-1 away at Preston North End before being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Peterborough United at the Vitality Stadium.
Scott Parker will have targeted this run of three successive home games against struggling teams – Reading visit the South coast on Tuesday – as a chance to gain maximum points so they cannot afford more disappointment this weekend.
Bournemouth have suffered just three league defeats at home all season and have the joint-best defence in the Championship, but have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine matches in all competitions.
The Cherries are winless in their last 10 meetings with Derby, a run dating back to 1985 when Parker was just four years old and opposite number Wayne Rooney had not even been born.
Bournemouth will be without Philip Billing, who has been handed a two-game suspension after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season against Peterborough on Tuesday. Adam Smith is also banned.
It could be one in, one out in midfield for the Cherries as Colombian Jefferson Lerma is available again following his own suspension.
Robbie Brady has returned to training this week following a calf problem, but Saturday’s game could come too soon for him.
With no new injury concerns, Rooney could name the same Derby team that started the win over Barnsley last weekend.
Eighteen-year-old Malcolm Ebiowei came in for his first league start against the Tykes and impressed on the right wing, so should keep his place.
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Winger Kamil Jozwiak is expected to complete a move to MLS side Charlotte FC in the coming days but he has not featured since the end of January anyway.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Travers; Stacey, Phillips, Kelly, Zemura; Cantwell, Cook, Lerma; Christie, Solanke, Lowe
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Byrne, Davies, Cashin, Ebosele; Bielik, Bird; Ebiowei, Morrison, Lawrence; Plange