This weekend Newcastle United host Bournemouth after picking up their first win of the season last weekend.
Despite a slow start to the season the Magpies have taken four points from their last two games and would like to continue to build on their recent form against Bournemouth.
Last weekend Watford had started the game looking the better of the two sides. Mariappa and Deulofeu missed clear chances for Watford in the first half, with Watford coming as close as striking the cross bar and coming desperately close to taking the lead in the game. After a powerful run from Success which saw him avoid Yedlin’s challenge he squared the ball to Pereyra in the centre of the box whose effort rebounded off the cross bar.
Newcastle would then start to turn the game around and would take the lead through Ayoze Perez in the 65th minute. Ki fizzed a free kick in from the left wing which Perez flicked on at the near post with enough power to beat Foster in the Watford net. Their lead was almost doubled if not for Watford somehow managing to clear a goal-bound scramble away from their goal which resulted in a counter attack of their own. Watford went quickly down the other end and might have scored themselves if not for a perfectly timed slide tackle from Kenedy to intercept a squared ball into the Newcastle penalty box.
Newcastle’s opponents this weekend have been one of the shocks of the season so far as they sit sixth in the league with six wins from their first 11 games.
However, last weekend they were on the wrong side of the result as Manchester United beat them 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth took the lead in the 11th minute through Callum Wilson. Cook found a through ball to an onside Junior Stanislas as the Manchester United defence looked to move up and out of their box after clearing a corner but left Wilson onside in the box who finished from the driven Stanislas cross. Martial equalised from close range following Sanchez’s cut-back in the 35th minute. The game stayed level until the 92nd minute when Rashford won Manchester United the game after Bournemouth failed to clear the ball after a scramble yards away from their goal. Rashford patiently waited for the ball to drop to him and smashed the ball home to disappoint the home fans.
While Bournemouth lost last weekend, they have won three of their last five games. Callum Wilson has been one of the key ingredients to Bournemouth’s success so far this season with 6 goals already this campaign. Meanwhile, Ryan Fraser is joint top of the league in terms of assists, so Bournemouth’s goal threat will be a problem for Newcastle this weekend.
The stats also look quite concerning for Magpies fans. While Bournemouth are averaging 1.82 goals per game this season, Newcastle have struggled to find the back of the net with only 0.64 goals per game. The head-to-head stats show that out of the four times these teams have met in the Premier League, Bournemouth have won two of these fixtures and they have both come at St. James’ Park.
This weekend’s fixture against Bournemouth will clearly be a difficult test for Newcastle then, as they look to build on their recent results.
Predicted Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Perez, Muto
Predicted Bournemouth line-up: Begovic, Francis, Cook, Ake, Smith, Stanislas, Lerma, Cook, Fraser, Brooks, Wilson
Predicted final score: Newcastle 1-1 Bournemouth