Bournemouth will be desperate to snap a three-match losing streak when they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
The relegation threatened Cherries looked to be heading for safety last month with a four-game unbeaten run that included wins over Norwich and Crystal Palace, but have lost their last three in a row, including getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton last week.
The net result is 15th position in the Premier League table, just four points above Newcastle United and the relegation places and concerns are growing they could yet be pulled down into a scrap for their top-flight survival.
However, defender Simon Francis remains stoic ahead of the clash with Watford, believing their experience of battling for promotion from the Championship stand them in good stead to retain their Premier League status.
“We have been in these situations before when we have had to fight for promotion. I think that’s as much of a pressure situation as this is,” he told the Bournemouth Echo.
Max Gradel and Callum Wilson have returned to training following their recoveries from knee injuries, but are not expected to return to first-team action until next week at the earliest.
Watford are looking for a victory to boost their unexpected push for a place in Europe next season.
The Hornets have struggled to be consistent in recent weeks and have only managed to win four of their last nine Premier League fixtures, but have managed to remain just five points behind Manchester United in fifth place.
Juan Manuel Jurado is unlikely to feature after missing both of Watford’s last two games with a calf injury, but manager Quique Sanchez Flores has no other major injuries concerns to worry about.