Essential reading on this weekend's opponents
Nickname: The Cherries
Manager: Eddie Howe
Ground: Goldsands Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 219 miles (3 hours 48 minutes)
A stunning run of form has seen Bournemouth propel themselves to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.
Eddie Howe’s team are 14 matches unbeaten in the league with their last defeat coming at fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County in September.
Notable results in that sequence include an 8-0 humbling of Birmingham City at St Andrew’s and a 6-1 thrashing of Blackpool just before Christmas.
Goals have come freely for the Cherries: they are the top scorers across all four divisions in the Football League with 54 from 24 games – an average rate of more than two per match.
A 5-1 win over Rotherham United last weekend earned an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Aston Villa, and they reached the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup earlier this season before being knocked out by Liverpool.
Bournemouth are targeting a first season in the top flight of English football, with their 10th-place finish last year their highest-ever placing.
They have three former Canaries in their current squad: Lee Camp (2006, 2013), Elliott Ward (2010-13) and Andrew Surman (2010-14).
Eddie Howe became the youngest manager in the Football League when he was appointed Bournemouth boss on a permanent basis in January 2009 at the age of just 31.
Taking over a club that had suffered a huge points deduction prior to that season and who faced the very real possibility of relegation to the Conference, Howe inspired them to survival and then promotion in his first full campaign despite operating under a transfer embargo.
After spurning the advances of several potential suitors, Howe left for Burnley in January 2011 having just managed his 100th Bournemouth game, a 2-1 defeat to Colchester United.
He returned to the Dorset club in October 2012, and later admitted that his decision to take the job at Turf Moor was the wrong one.
Bournemouth were 21st in League One when he reassumed the reins, but a run of eight wins from their last nine matches ensured they finished second and thus secured promotion to the Championship.
Howe played over 250 league games for the Cherries in two spells as a defender. He earned two caps for England’s Under-21s.
Goalkeepers: Lee Camp, Darryl Flahavan, Artur Boruc, Benji Buchel.
Defenders: Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Tommy Elphick (c), Charlie Daniels, Ian Harte, Adam Smith, Elliott Ward, Baily Cargill.
Midfielders: Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Marc Pugh, Harry Arter, Joe Partington, Shaun MacDonald, Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie, Eunan O’Kane.
Forwards: Tokelo Rantie, Brett Pitman, Callum Wilson, Yann Kermorgant.
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