Competition: Premier League – AFC Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United
Venue: Vitality Stadium – Saturday, November 7 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: Bournemouth 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Newcastle United 11/5
AFC Bournemouth host fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kickoff in the Premier League with both sides hoping to turn around a dismal run of form in what is a huge six-pointer.
With no win in five, Bournemouth will need to try and stop leaking so many goals as they have managed to concede twelve in their last three matches.
The promoted side had reason for optimism at the start of their campaign but following the injury to star striker Callum Wilson they have struggled with results. They must start picking up points at home to stand a chance of staying in the division.Embed from Getty Images
The home fans will be expecting a win against Newcastle this weekend and failure to do so would start to make things look very worrying on the south coast.
Bournemouth’s record in the Premier League: P11 – W2 – D2 – L7
Newcastle United have had a torrid start to the season and currently have the worst away record in the Premier League (P5 W0 D1 L4) and have only managed to score once in those five outings.
They have remarkably lost ten of their last 11 away from home and statistics like these won’t fill Magpies fans with any optimism going into the weekend.
They have only won once all season, showing just how bad this great club are doing, but will see a trip to Bournemouth as a game they need to win.
Newcastle’s record in the Premier League: P11 – W1 – D4 – L6Embed from Getty Images
This is certainly a six-pointer between two teams looking likely to battling relegation. It might only be November but the loser here will be in real trouble.
This will be the first meeting between Bournemouth and Newcastle since January 1992, when the two sides met in FA Cup, with Bournemouth advancing on penalties.
Bournemouth may be missing Steve Cook and Artur Boruc who both are doubtful. Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson are long-term absentees, while Tommy Elphick and Christian Atsu are both also expected to miss the clash.
Newcastle are without as many as twelve senior players, with Curtis Good, Emanuelle Riviere, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Karl Darlow, Gabriel Obertan, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu and Massadio Haidara all definitely out of the match with injury.
Bournemouth’s last five: L/D/L/L/L
Newcastle’s last five: D/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: Newcastle have lost ten of their last eleven away games in the Premier League, failing to score in nine of those.
Key Player: Matt Ritchie – The Scottish winger has more than a couple of tricks up his sleeve and his creative ability will present Newcastle with a huge task trying to contain him.Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth 3-1 Newcastle United – Both sides will see this as a chance to get some valuable points, but we see the home side edging it. The game should be open as both aren’t great defensively and goals look likely to fly in.