Wagner optimistic Terriers can find scoring boots on the road again

By Kane Styles

David Wagner will take charge of The Terriers for the 100th time when his side travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth on Saturday.

Both sides will be coming into the game off the back of 1-0 victories. Eddie Howe’s side secured three points at Newcastle courtesy of an injury-time winner from defender Steve Cook, in addition to Town winning thanks to Rajiv Van La Parra’s stunning strike which defeated West Bromwich Albion at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield were only outside of the relegation zone on goals scored when Wagner began his tenure in 2015 and it has been a meteoric rise for Huddersfield with the club currently sitting 10th in the Premier League. A win could leave Town just a point behind both Liverpool and Arsenal.  The Cherries are just one point above 18th placed West Ham, and defeat could see them drop as low as 19th.

Despite Bournemouth hovering around the danger zone, Eddie Howe believes his side have made good progress so far: “Our run now will define our season and we have got off to a good start.”

The Terriers have failed to score in their last four games away from home, but David Wagner is optimistic his side can perform: “I’m excited for the next Premier League game against Bournemouth and it’s time for us to show that, away from home, we are able to get some points on the table.”

Bournemouth have three players out through injury – Tyrone Mings, Brad Smith and Junior Stanislas. Josh King will face a late fitness test in a bid to overcome a back problem, but Benik Afobe returns to the side after missing the victory over Newcastle.  Huddersfield have just one absentee as Christopher Schindler is serving a suspension after he received two yellow cards last time out and he will be available for the Manchester City game next week.

Factfile:

Bournemouth have never lost to a newly-promoted side at home in the Premier League.

The Cherries haven't won back to back games since April.

Huddersfield have only won once from their last 10 meetings with Bournemouth. 

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