Date: 11th August 2017 at 9:41pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis and goalkeeper Ben Foster have both been speaking ahead of the Premier League opener against Bournemouth later today.

We host Eddie Howe’s side at The Hawthorns at 3pm today for the first game of the new campaign and speaking to wba.co.uk as he met with the media for his first pre game press conference of the season, Pulis explained.

‘They went out and did their business very early on. They’re a good side. If you look at their squad Eddie’s been able to bring in the players he wanted. They’ve not just got a top 11, they’ve got a top 24. It’ll be a tough game.’

In terms of injury news, Pulis went on to say.

‘Gareth won’t be fit for a couple of weeks. He’s still struggling with his thigh. James won’t be available tomorrow but we’re hoping he’ll be okay for the following week. He’s got a little tweak on his knee so we’ve got to be careful.’

With Pulis penning a new deal on Friday he also said.

‘It’s lovely to get it all sorted out and settled. The opportunity of staying a lot longer and working on what we’re trying to do is important for me and the football club. We’ve got to push the club on.’

Former England stopper Foster was also relishing the clash, and he knew home form would be key to us this year.

‘As long as we carry on the way we’ve been going then I’m sure we’ll be fine. The home form in the middle part of last season was fantastic and we need to try and replicate it this season. Even towards the end of the season, where the results weren’t great, we were playing well in matches. We just weren’t getting the lucky breaks.’

Foster obviously wanted a winning start to the 2017/18 campaign.

‘Last season was brilliant – going away from home and getting the three points. It really sets you off and we need to do a similar thing this season. I think the fixtures have been fairly kind to us so it’s somewhere we can hopefully look to pick up points and get a good start.’

As for his own personal aims for the campaign, he was focusing on another injury free year.

‘Last season was the first time I managed to play every minute of every game so replicating that will be a bonus for me. For the team the aim will be to build on last season’s success. Finishing in the top half of this league is a really tough ask so if we can better that this year it will be a good season.’

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