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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: 'Middlesbrough will be tough to beat in EFL Cup'

Howe expecting tough Boro tie in EFL Cup
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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says that he is expecting a tough game with Middlesbrough as both teams bid to progress through to the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has claimed that he is expecting a tough EFL Cup fixture with Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough were the pre-season favourites to win the Championship, but Garry Monk's team currently sit in 13th position in the table after winning just four times in 13 matches.

However, Howe has said that he is anticipating a hard tie as both clubs look to secure a rare place in the last eight of the competition.

The 39-year-old told reporters: "We had some tough games against Middlesbrough last year. They beat us at their place, they beat us here. I have full respect for Garry Monk and his Middlesbrough squad.

"Nothing is easy in this game and it will be a really tough game. The quarter-finals await the winners. We won't view how we prepare for the game any differently, but the games take on a different meaning I think. This is the most important one - the next one."

Bournemouth currently sit in 19th spot in the Premier League table, but the south coast club returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-1 triumph away at Stoke City.

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