A victory could be crucial for Newcastle’s season.
Last updated: February 29, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||St. James’ Park|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Newcastle and Bournemouth are among the teams, which are included in the relegation battle this season. The Cherries are just 5 points in front of the Magpies and if Bournemouth win against Newcastle on Saturday, they can feel really safe. Otherwise, Eddie Howe’s players will feel the pressure again. That’s why the game is very important for both of the teams.
The Magpies won 1-0 against Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium earlier this season. That’s the only game between these two teams. Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute and despite Bournemouth having lots of goal-scoring chances, The Magpies managed to keep their lead. The victory against The Cherries was the first of the two Newcastle away wins this season. On the other hand, Newcastle have lost only 4 matches at home, so The Magpies feel better when playing at St. James’ Park.
Bournemouth won a point from their last away Premier League game. They finished with a 0-0 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road. The Cherries have lost just 6 of their 14 away matches in The Premiership and have recorded the same number of defeats at home. So, the home field isn’t a big factor for them.
The former Ajax player, Siem de Jong, will be ready to play against Bournemouth. He had an eye injury and last played against Man United.
Chancel Mbemba is suffering from an ankle injury. The Congo international defender is a key player for Newcastle, having recorded 24 games this season.
Dummett, Obertan, Haidara, Cisse, Krul, Anita and Mbabu are the other omissions for The Magpies. However, they’ve missed almost the entire season.
Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings are the only players to miss the visit to St. James’ Park for Bournemouth. Wilson will need at least three more weeks to recover from his injury.
Quotes of the week
Steve McClaren (Newcastle) :
“It’s an actual joy to play at home, so we have to get that enjoyment playing away from home too.”
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) :
“Away from home in this division any point is a valuable one.”
|Newcastle (4-2-3-1):||Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Taylor, Aarons, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Shelvey, Townsend, Mitrovic|
|Subs||Saivet, Doumbia, Darlow, Ayoze, Colback, Lascelles, Riviere.|
|Injured:||Anita, Mbabu, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse, Mbemba, Dummett.|
|Bournemouth (4-4-1-1):||Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Smith, Francis, Arter, Ritchie, Surman, Gradel, King, Afobe.|
|Subs||Federici, Pugh, Iturbe, Distin, O’Kane, Stanislas, Gosling.|
So far this season
|Newcastle this season||Bournemouth this season|
|4 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (4)|
|6-2 vs. Norwich||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Norwich|
|5 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||4 (4)|
|4 (10)||(at home) Losses (away)||6 (6)|
|1-6 to Man City||Biggest Defeat||1-5 to Man City and Tottenham|
|Wijnaldum (9)||Top scorer||Wilson (5)|
|Sissoko (5)||Assist Leader||Daniels (5)|
|Y45, R4||Discipline||Y43, R1|
|11||Failures to score||9|
|12||Both Teams to Score Games||15|
|14||Over 2.5 Games||13|
|12||Under 2.5 Games||14|
- Newcastle United haven’t lost a home match since 26th December 2015, when they lost 0-1 to Everton. Tom Cleverley scored the only goal in the last minute of the game.
- Bournemouth are on a run of 6 consecutive away games without a defeat (all competitions). The Cherries won 3 of these matches with the correct score of 2-1.
- The Magpies have conceded 49 goals in 26 matches, which means they concede almost 2 goals per game on average. Newcastle have scored 27 and if we trust the stats – the final result should be 1-2.
- Newcastle have kept a clean sheet only once in the team’s last 12 matches (all competitions). They have done it on just 5 occasions in The Premier League this season.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|07/11/15||The Premier League||Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle||Ayoze 27′|