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Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth: 09/11/2019 – match preview and predicted starting XIs

Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth

Date: 09/11/2019

K/O: 15:00

Venue: St James’ Park

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Seventh-placed Bournemouth travel north to St James’ Park this Saturday to face 15th placed Newcastle, with only four points separating the two sides.

Both sides come into this one following extremely satisfactory performances last time out which should make for an intriguing fixture in the North-East. The hosts found themselves 3-0 to the good at the London Stadium last weekend and eventually came home with three points, despite two late goals from the Hammers.

As for Bournemouth, they successfully saw off Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United thanks to Josh King’s first-half strike. The victory ended a disappointing run of games for the Cherries which began following their exit from the Carabao Cup to Burton back in September.

Before their victory against United, they picked up consecutive 0-0 draws against two relegation candidates in the form of Watford and Norwich whilst losing to Arsenal the week previous.

Despite the Magpies sitting in 15th, they do sit four points above Southampton in 18th so a Bournemouth win would not be the end of the world for Steve Bruce. Yet his side are in good form at the moment and he will be keen to pick up another win and push them away from the bottom three.

Bruce’s side have already played five of the traditional ‘big six’ and were also on the receiving end of Brendan Rodger’s Leicester. Taking this into consideration, Bruce is doing very well to find himself sitting four points above the relegation zone.

This will bring his side confidence as they face Bournemouth in-front of their home fans; who without a doubt should be pleased with their sides start to this seasons campaign.

Team News

Newcastle 

Sean Longstaff will serve the second of his three-match ban after his red card against Wolves in gameweek 10 so will be missing from the visit of the Cherries.

As far as other injuries go, there are no fresh concerns for Steve Bruce. Florian Lejeune remains on the sidelines yet is nearing a return after almost seven months out whilst Fabian Schar and Matt Ritche both remain absent. The former has returned to training this week yet this weekends fixture will be too soon.

Bournemouth

Similar to Longstaff, Jefferson Lerma is not available for selection for Eddie Howe as the midfielder is suspended for one-match after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

David Brooks and Andrew Surman still remain sidelined through injury whilst Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas also continue to sit in the medical room.

Predicted Starting XIs

Newcastle (5-4-1): Dubravka; Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; Almiron, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Rico; Wilson, Cook, Billing, Fraser; Wilson, King

Scoreline Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Bournemouth 

This fixture is a tough one to call. The two clubs have actually only met 12 times in all competitions with two of the last three fixtures ending in 2-2 draws. Newcastle won this same fixture by a single goal in a 2-1 victory last season but will do well to beat a high-flying Bournemouth.

Eamon Kitching

21. Loughborough University Student developing my writing skills with 90MAAT. Leicester City fan still holding onto our 15/16 Premier League success.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 12 11 1 0 34
2 Leicester City 12 8 2 2 26
3 Chelsea 12 8 2 2 26
4 Manchester City 12 8 1 3 25
5 Sheffield United 12 4 5 3 17
6 Arsenal 12 4 5 3 17
7 Manchester United 12 4 4 4 16
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 3 7 2 16
9 AFC Bournemouth 12 4 4 4 16
10 Burnley 12 4 3 5 15
11 Brighton & Hov… 12 4 3 5 15
12 Crystal Palace 12 4 3 5 15
13 Newcastle United 12 4 3 5 15
14 Tottenham Hotspur 12 3 5 4 14
15 Everton 12 4 2 6 14
16 West Ham United 12 3 4 5 13
17 Aston Villa 12 3 2 7 11
18 Watford 12 1 5 6 8
19 Southampton 12 2 2 8 8
20 Norwich City 12 2 1 9 7

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