Newcastle United will head into this game with some confidence after picking up their first three points of the season against Watford, at St James’ Park last weekend.
Newcastle may have ridden their luck at times against Watford, however, it was a much needed win for the Magpies. They face a tough test with the visit of Bournemouth, who were extremely unlucky against Manchester United last time out, losing 1-2. Eddie Howe’s side are flying high in sixth place with 20 points. While the Magpies sit 17th with five points.
Rafael Benitez has injury concerns over captain Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto, all of whom went off injured against Watford. While Florian Lejuene continues his come back from a knee injury which has kept him out of the start of the season. Eddie Howe on the other hand has no injury concerns at all and has a full squad to choose from.
This is a big chance for Newcastle to kick on from their first three points of the season, if they manage to beat Bournemouth it will be a healthy return of 7 points from a possible 9 in their last three outings. A points return that will be hugely welcomed after Newcastle’s poor start to the season. Bournemouth on the other hand will not make this easy for Newcastle, Callum Wilson, who has been called up to the England squad, is a huge threat up top for the Cherries.
Bournemouth have shown how a team can build and improve each season. The Cherries are most definitely the surprise package of the season so far, they could very well finish in the European places at the end of the season if their performances continue.
This is such a tough one to call, especially after Newcastle’s win last week. The Magpies will be buoyed by their victory over Watford and will want to head into the International break on a real high. I’m going for a 1-1 draw.