Up next for the Cherries is the long trip up north to Tyneside. Bournemouth will be looking to bounce back after last weeks heartbreaking last minute defeat to Manchester United. A game in which the Dorset outfit played some real free-flowing football but weren’t able to come away with anything after Marcus Rashford’s winner at the death.
As for Bournemouth’s opponents, Newcastle, their fortunes last time out were slightly more positive, winning their first game of the season against Watford, 1-0. Substitute Ayoze Perez came up with the match winner for the Toon army. However, other than last weeks results, these two sides have endured very different starts to the season. Bournemouth, soaring high in sixth while playing expansive and open football, whilst Newcastle, despite last weeks victory still remain slumbered in the relegation zone and for their sake will look to make it two wins on the bounce and move away from the Premier League basement.
There is no doubt it will nonetheless be an interesting contest on Tyneside on Saturday. Two contrasting styles with Bournemouth operating with a more expansive and attacking system while Rafa Benitez has built his side on a stern and solid defence and even though Newcastle are currently sat in the lowly position of 18th, they’ve only conceded 14 goals which is the same as Arsenal and Saturday’s opponents who are sat in 5th and 6th respectively.
Opposition Player To Watch Out For – Martin Dubravka
The Slovakian goalkeeper has arguably been the Magpies best player this season, keeping them in games at times. So it’ll be up to Bournemouth’s front four on Saturday to get past the impressive shot-stopper.
Newcastle – Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto all went off against Watford lasr Saturday so it’ll be interesting to see what part they play against The Cherries. Florian Lejuene still remains out for the foreseeable future.
Likely XI – Martin Dubravka; DeAndre Yedlin, Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett; Mo Diame, Ki Sung-Yeung; Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Kenedy; Salomon Rondon
Bournemouth – The only injury doubt for the Cherries is Josh King who has missed out in the last two league games. Away from injuries it’ll be intriguing to see what lineup Eddie Howe chooses to go with after playing a more conventional 4-4-2 against Manchester United last weekend but operated with a 3-4-3 against Fulham the week before.
Likely XI – Asmir Begovic; Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith; David Brooks, Lewis Cook, Jefferson Lerma, Ryan Fraser; Junior Stanislas, Callum Wilson
Score Prediction : Newcastle 1-2 Bournemouth
Despite Newcastle’s victory last time out, I feel Bournemouth will have a bit too much quality for the Toon army but nonetheless it will remain a tough job to break the Magpies down.