Newcastle vs Bournemouth, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, Saturday, 5th March 2016.
Relegation threatened Newcastle United are desperate for a win when they newly promoted Bournemouth at St.James Park on Saturday.
Xherdan Shaqiri strike denied Newcastle the share of the spoils in the midweek to pile more pressure on head-coach Steve McLaren. The Toons have further dropped down to 19th in the table after Sunderland played draw to Crystal Palace, but a win here could take them out of the relegation zone.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth continue to chip away with important points as they work towards their season ambitions of staying in the Premier League beyond this season. Their 2-0 win against Southampton keep them at 15th in the league table, 8 points of clear of the relegation zone, but it’s too early for comfort.
Last 5 Premier League matches:
Newcastle lost 2 matches in a row and have only 2 wins to their name in the last 11 matches. To make it more appalling 7 of those are defeats.
However, they are unbeaten in the last three home games, with the last two being wins. Also the Toons have scored at least a goal in 6 of their last 7 league games at home.
Bournemouth’s overall form in last five games reads 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. The away form of the Cherries have been better as they haven’t lost in the last four games. This could further extend to just 1 defeat in the last 8 away games, which shows they are a better team on the road than at home.
Newcastle United: Team News
Inured: Tim Krul, Ivan Toney, Obertan, Haidara, Papiss Cisse, Kevin Mbabu, Curtis Good, Sylvain Marveaux.
Doubtful: Mbemba, Coloccini, Townsend, Cheick Tiote
Newcastle Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Elliot – Janmaat, Dummet, Taylor, Lascelles – Shelvey, Colback – Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez – Mitrovic.
Bournemouth: Team News
Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings are long term absentees for Bournemouth and they are joined by Junior Stanislas. While, Joshua King, Harry Arter and Lewis Grabban remains a doubt.
Bournemouth: Predicted Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Boruc – Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels – Surman – Ritchie, Gosling, Gradel, Pugh – Afobe.
Newcastle vs Bournemouth: Head to Head Stats
The only meeting between Newcastle and Bournemouth happened in the first leg of this season’s Premier League. The match finished in a draw at 1-0 victory for Newcastle, with Ayoze Perez scoring the only goal in the 27th minute of the first half.
Newcastle vs Bournemouth: Prediction
Newcastle United have enough injury problems coming into this match and could turn out to a tough affair when coming against a Bournemouth side who are keen to move further away from the relegation zone. A defeat here could make things more complicated for Newcastle United as the likes of Swansea and Sunderland could drift away from their reach.
Bournemouth are highly unpredictable and could be a real threat both home and away. They have managed to steal points from key clashes this season and this could be expected once again.