If we can get the win it's a good three points before we get a little break with the internationals.
Joshua King in first half action at Vitality Stadium...
England worldwide Vardy has scored twice in four league appearances against Bournemouth and Howe is taking no chances as his team look for their second league win after a poor start to the campaign.
Bournemouth's dominance continued and they should have broken the deadlock midway through the opening period when King met Pugh's pull back 12 yards out, but like his team-mate's earlier chance, the Norwegian scuffed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.
Howe's counterpart Craig Shakespeare concedes that his side did not play well and views it as a point earned, rather than two dropped.
Andrew Surman went close to grabbing a late victor for Bournemouth with a curling shot before Schmeichel tipped Stanislas' effort over the bar.
Harry Arter is facing a race against time for Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers after being ruled out of Bournemouth's Premier League clash with Leicester City this weekend.
Jermain Defoe struck the underside of the crossbar with a shot and Pugh blasted over the bar from eight meters with Bournemouth's best opportunities.
But the decision went against them and Leicester managed to hold on for a barely deserved point that keeps Bournemouth in the relegation zone.
- Bournemouth have won just four points from their seven Premier League games this term, fewer than in both 2015-16 (7) and 2016-17 (8) at this stage of the season. The Cherries only league win this season, just like ours, came against Brighton, but they've failed to pick up any other points so far.