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Team news ahead of Tuesday night's League One clash between Bournemouth and Stevenage at Dean Court.

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Simon Francis (l): Fit for Bournemouth

Simon Francis (l): Fit for Bournemouth

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Eddie Howe's in-form Bournemouth came through their fifth successive win unscathed and have no injury worries.

The Cherries put Oldham to the sword on Saturday, running out 4-1 winners without picking up any knocks, with Simon Francis coming through 90 minutes despite being a big pre-match doubt.

One decision Howe has ahead of the visit of Gary Smith's men to the south coast is his penalty taker of choice. Harry Arter's spot-kick was saved by Oldham keeper Dean Bouzanis on Saturday with Lewis Grabban completing his hat-trick from the rebound, leaving the Cherries boss with a decision to make.

"Lewis wanted to take it which was understandable because he was on a hat-trick," Howe said. "But I am pleased Arter took it because he had scored our last one.

"You have to think of the team in a situation like that and I am glad their argument was civilised. I will have to think about who takes the next one."

Filipe Morais is suspended for Stevenage.

The Portuguese midfielder collected his fifth booking of the season in Saturday's disappointing 4-1 defeat to Sheffield United and is now unavailable.

Summer signing Lee Hills is set to continue in defence after shrugging off a thigh problem to make his long-awaited debut at Bramall Lane, while former Leeds winger Robbie Rogers and striker Don Cowan have recovered from their respective hamstring injuries and could earn recalls.

Despite requesting a loan move away from the club last month, six-goal midfielder Robin Shroot was back in the squad against the Blades and, although he was an unused substitute, he could be given a starting role.

Defender Jon Ashton is likely to be on the sidelines until Christmas with an Achilles injury.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Swindon  
Bradford v Port Vale  
Bristol C v MK Dons  
Chesterfld v Notts Co  
Coventry v Preston  
Crawley v Yeovil  
Crewe v Colchester  
Leyton Or v Rochdale  
Oldham v Scunthorpe  
Peterboro v Fleetwood  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 9 11 21
2 MK Dons 8 10 16
3 Peterboro 9 4 16
4 Swindon 8 7 15
5 Chesterfld 8 4 14
6 Bradford 9 2 14
7 Rochdale 9 7 13
8 Preston 8 5 13
9 Fleetwood 9 2 13
10 Sheff Utd 8 -1 13
11 Coventry 9 0 12
12 Gillingham 9 -1 12
13 Yeovil 9 -2 12
14 Oldham 9 0 11
15 Doncaster 8 -2 11
16 Notts Co 8 1 10
17 Leyton Or 8 0 10
18 Crawley 9 -8 10
19 Barnsley 8 0 9
20 Walsall 9 -4 8
21 Port Vale 9 -6 8
22 Scunthorpe 9 -12 7
23 Colchester 9 -4 6
24 Crewe 8 -13 4

Updated Sun, 21 Sep 2014

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