Newcastle look to move further away from the drop as they welcome top five chasing Bournemouth to St James’ Park.
A home win could send United into the top ten if other results go their way, whilst Bournemouth could temporarily go fifth with victory if Sheffield United don’t take maximum points at Tottenham.
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Newcastle have no fresh injury concerns as Sean Longstaff serves the second of a three match ban.
Matt Ritchie (ankle), Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar (both knee) are also ruled out but all three could return after the international break.
Bournemouth will be without Jefferson Lerma as the Colombian international serves an one match ban, after collecting five yellow cards.
Dan Gosling could return from a groin injury but David Brooks (ankle) and Andrew Surman (knee) remain sidelined until after the international break.
Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas both remain long-term absentees with knee injuries.
Newcastle have taken seven points from their last four games but have conceded in three of their five home games, although they haven’t leaked in more than one goal in each of those three games.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in six of their last seven league games with clean sheets in each of their last three outings, although their away form has been consistent with two wins and defeats plus a draw.
- Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Bournemouth (W1, D2), scoring twice in each of those games.
- Bournemouth have scored in each of their last four trips to St James’ Park in all competitions, having lost their first two visits 5-0 on aggregate.
- Both meetings last season saw the scorer for the home team score a brace.
- No player from either team have made a last man tackle this season in the league.
- Jonjo Shelvey is the only Newcastle player to have scored more than one league goal this season, where Bournemouth boasts three players to have scored more than once this season.
I am quite excited about this fixture because we are definitely guaranteed goals and both teams have had to dig deep at times this season, which adds another layer of buzz to this game.
Newcastle last weekend in fact were impressive on the attack but their defence is still vulnerable without Schar, which Bournemouth could target if their attack is as clinical as it was against Manchester United.
I therefore am expecting a good open game between two strong teams but Bournemouth have more goals in them, so am going for a late away winner.
Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Bournemouth
Result: Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth