Bournemouth face a long trip to face Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.
The hosts will be in high spirits having beaten West Ham 3-2 in their last match and scoring more than one goal in a game for the first time this campaign.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 9 November|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (BST)|
|Where Is It Played?||St. James' Park|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||N/A|
Newcastle remain without long-term absentees Matt Ritchie and Florian Lejeune, while Sean Longstaff is still suspended following his red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Fabian Schar is also a doubt for this encounter due to the knee injury that kept him out against West Ham.
Bournemouth have a number of injury issues with David Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels all still missing for Eddie Howe, while Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling are doubtful.
Jefferson Lerma is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Man United in the Cherries' last outing.
|Newcastle United||Dubravka: Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; Shelvey, Hayden; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton |
|Bournemouth||Ramsdale; Smith, S.Cook, Ake, Rico; H.Wilson, L.Cook, Billing, Fraser; King, C.Wilson|
This is surprisingly only the 13th clash between these two sides. Newcastle have won on four occasions, drawn three and lost five against this Saturday's opponents.
The last battle between the pair ended level, a 2-2 draw in March 2019, however, the last time this fixture was played at St. James' Park it was Newcastle who enjoyed the spoils beating Bournemouth 2-1.
Despite the Magpies' convincing victory against West Ham last weekend, Newcastle have only won three games all season. They have scored a league-low nine goals this term, and are struggling to create opportunities, let alone finish them.
However, the Toon army are undefeated in their last two matches, picking up points against difficult opponents. Their defence has been relatively solid this season, having kept three clean sheets and producing shutout performances against both Tottenham and Manchester United this campaign.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth have been in decent form lately, unbeaten in their last three matches without conceding a single goal. Saturday's visitors find themselves in seventh place, and a victory this weekend could see them move up to fifth.
Here are both team's last five results:
|West Ham 2-3 Newcastle (02/11)||Bournemouth 1-0 Manchester United (02/11)|
|Newcastle 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (27/10)||Watford 0-0 Bournemouth (26/10)|
|Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle (19/10)||Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich City (19/10)|
|Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United (06/10)||Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth (06/10)|
|Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle (29/09)||Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham (28/09)|
This fixture really depends on which Newcastle United show up. If it is the Newcastle that played with such freedom at West Ham, then it is easy to foresee the hosts picking up some much-needed points.
However, if it's the regressive version we witness on Saturday, then Bournemouth have a real opportunity to control the occasion.
Both sides have shown that they can defend this season, but Bournemouth's greater qualities going forward, including the fine form of Josh King, makes them slight favourites.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Bournemouth