The last time we played Bournemouth at St. James’ Park, Steve McClaren was the manager. Times are different now as Newcastle sits in 9th place in the Premier League while Bournemouth sit at 19th. After our loss away to Burnley, Rafa Benitez would like to keep up his outstanding home record, as he has only lost once in 58 matches. Wow. Here are how the teams will line up:
- Dwight Gayle and Joselu both start while Mitrovic is featured in the 18.
- Mikel Merino is out for a couple of weeks with a back injury. Another game without Merino
- Callum Wilson gets his first start in almost a year after a bad injury last season.
- Can Newcastle get back in winning form? Only one win in their past five matches.
- Man to watch: Matt Ritchie! Look for some of his magic today. Why, you may ask? It just feels right.