Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Newcastle

Newcastle United will travel to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night to play relegation-threatened Bournemouth. 

A win for the away side could put them just two points behind Crystal Palace in 11th place.

Sunday night saw Newcastle exit the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage losing 2-0 to Manchester City. The home side had played with their backs against the wall for the majority of the game. A Kevin De Bruyne penalty put City 1-0 up just before half time and Raheem Sterling wrapped the game up in the 68th minute. The big chance for Newcastle fell to Dwight Gayle who failed to score from six-yards out with the score a 1-0.

Bournemouth’s last game was away at Wolves last Wednesday where they suffered another defeat losing 1-0. The game was level until the 60th minute when Raul Jiménez headed home. The Cherries failed to register a goal on target for the 90 minutes

The reverse fixture between these two sides saw Newcastle come from a goal down to win 2-1 at St James’ Park. Unlikely goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clarke completed the comeback after going behind to a Harry Wilson goal.

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Interestingly, Newcastle are now undefeated in their last four league games (2W,2D) and they will look to continue that.

Bournemouth are on a worrying run of results. Eddie Howe’s men have failed to win any of their last six fixtures (1D,5D). In those six games, they only managed to score four-goal which is a concern. The only positive for Bournemouth is that the teams around them are in the same form as well.

The team news for Bournemouth sees striker Callum Wilson miss the game through suspension. The England international picked up his 10th yellow card. That should see Joshua King recalled the starting XI after missing the defeat away to Wolves. Whilst Danish midfielder Philip Billing will face a fitness test for a dead leg he picked up in their last game.

The team news for Newcastle sees a late fitness test for Matt Ritchie who missed the FA Cup defeat to City with a hamstring injury. However, first-team regulars Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton should return to the starting XI. The manager Steve Bruce decided to rest key player for that FA Cup defeat.

Bournemouth team prediction: Ramsdale; Stacey, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks, L Cook, Lerma, Billing, Stanislas; King

Newcastle team prediction: Dubravka; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose; Almiron, Shelvey, S Longstaff, Hayden, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton

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