Newcastle United v Bournemouth
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 4th November 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. James Park.
Domestic football returns all across Europe following the glamour of the Champions League and Europa League fixtures. And at the St. James’ Park this Saturday, 9th placed Newcastle United welcome a Bournemouth side struggling in 19th, in what promises to be a closely fought encounter.
Newcastle United v Bournemouth: Analysis
Neither side brings a solid run into Saturday’s game, however. Despite sitting in 9th, Rafa Benitez’s men have won just once and drawn twice in the last 5 games in the league.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, recorded 2 wins and a draw in the last five games in all competitions. Eddie Howe’s team have however won only once in the previous 5 premier league games, collecting one draw.
Newcastle United are heavy favorites coming into this game, with Bet365 offering Rafa Benitez’s men at 2.00 to beat the Cherries. Following their battling victory away to Stoke in October, you can back Bournemouth at 3.75 to record just their second away, with a draw available at 3.40.
Despite losing 0-1 last time out, the away side put in an impressive performance against the defending champions. The game is on offer to produce less than 3 goals at 1.80. This pick would have won in four and three of the last five Newcastle and Bournemouth games respectively.
Similarly, both Newcastle and Bournemouth have each played out 3 of the last five games, with only one team scoring. This selection for both teams not scoring is on offer at 1.95 on Saturday evening.
Rafa Benitez has no injury concerns, with Paul Dummett the only likely absentee.
For Bournemouth, Tyrone Mings, Adam Federici, and Bradley Smith are not available for the trip, while Joshua King must late tests to make the match day squad.
Newcastle United v Bournemouth: Head-to-head
This fixture will be just the third time the two teams have met in the Premier League, with the away team triumphing in the other encounters, both played in the 2015-16 season.
An Ayoze Perez strike on 27 minutes settled the tie in favor of The Magpies, edging out the then premier league new boys in a 12th round tie.
The repeat fixture served up more of the same, with Bournemouth besting Newcastle 1-3 thanks to goals from Steven Taylor, Josh King, and Charlie Daniels. Ayoze Perez scored the consolation on the day. Three of the goal scorers remain with their respective clubs.
Newcastle United v Bournemouth: Predictions
For all the fight Bournemouth showed last week against Chelsea, they are barren in front of goal, scoring a measly 5 to go with uninspired defensive performances.
A Newcastle win on Saturday won’t surprise anyone but expect a good fight from the visitors.
Newcastle United v Bournemouth: Bet Tips
Newcastle to win @ 2.05
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.80
Both teams to Score – No @ 2.00
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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