EDDIE Howe believes Cherries’ fans will play a "huge role" when his side lock horns with Huddersfield Town.

The teams are set to battle on Saturday for the first time in the top-flight, with the Terriers gaining promotion from the Championship last season.

Howe insisted the visitors’ fighting spirit since their Premier League arrival had invigorated them, during a start to the campaign which has seen Huddersfield record 15 points from their opening 11 fixtures.

But the Cherries manager is confident his troops can be boosted by home advantage.

Talking about David Wagner’s side, he told the Daily Echo: “When you watch them play they have that spirit, fight and determination you need.

“They challenge for every ball and the big advantage for them will be their supporters, I think.

“It’s their first year in the Premier League with the novelty factor, it’s all new and is a huge advantage.

“That’s where I think our supporters this weekend play a huge role for us.

"Historically, in our first two seasons in the Premier League, the atmosphere at home has been a big advantage to us and we need that again.”