Just three points separate Bournemouth and Newcastle United in the table, and they will face each other at Dean Court in the Premier League on Saturday.
Newcastle have been in great form of late, winning three of their last five Premier League games. Last weekend they clinched a morale-boosting 3-2 win over Everton at St. James’ Park. The Toffees led 2-0 in the game before Newcastle staged a comeback to beat them. The win put them six points above the relegation zone, which is a healthy cushion for Rafa Benitez to have.Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth were on a five-game winless run before last week’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield amended that. Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser combined for both the goals and Wilson’s return from injury has helped the attack immensely. The Cherries are currently 12th in the table, and they could go as high as 9th with a win on Saturday.
In terms of team news, Eddie Howe has his first-choice front four at his disposal once again. David Brooks and Josh King will line up alongside Fraser and Wilson, and all four of them have impressed this season. Brooks and Wilson have come back from injury layoffs recently, and Bournemouth’s attack struggled without their presence.
For Howe, the injury problems are in defence. Steve Cook and Adam Smith are sidelined, which takes out half of his first-choice back four. Aside from those he can field his most potent lineup. Bournemouth have been good in attack, especially at home. They have scored in all but two home games this season, racking up two or more goals nine times.Embed from Getty Images
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Newcastle will be without midfielder Sean Longstaff, who suffered a long-term knee injury. Defenders Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles will also be absent, though Jonjo Shelvey could make his return.
Benitez’s side has enjoyed a recent upturn in fortunes. They have won five of the last games to put themselves out of the relegation picture firmly. Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez have been brilliant in attack, and both of them scored in the comeback win against Everton. Newcastle are six points off the magical 40-point mark, and safety seems likely at this stage for the Magpies.
Despite their recent form, Newcastle’s attack is still sub-par. Only three teams have scored less than their 29 goals, and all three of them are in the relegation zone. Their defense has been a significant strength, as even Manchester United and Arsenal have conceded more goals than Newcastle.
However, going on the road has been a weakness for them. Newcastle have won just two away games this season. Coupling that with Bournemouth’s home attack, the Cherries seem to be favorites heading into the tie.
The head to head record is not suggestive, as both sides have won two games apiece. Bournemouth should get over 1.5 goals and claim their second straight win. Newcastle are bound to make it tough, but the likes of Wilson, Fraser, and Brooks should be able to break that defense.
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