Newcastle United v Bournemouth

4 Mar

Rob Elliot made a string of brilliant saves to earn Newcastle their first away win of the season at Bournemouth.

Rob Elliot made a string of brilliant saves to earn Newcastle their first away win of the season at Bournemouth.


Newcastle are likely to be without injured defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba against Bournemouth.

Andros Townsend and Yoan Gouffran have knocks and will be assessed.

Bournemouth pair Harry Arter and Joshua King are doubts because of calf problems, while Junior Stanislas could again miss out with a hamstring injury.

Winger Max Gradel is again expected to be involved, having come through 85 minutes in midweek as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.


Martin Fisher: “Suddenly, the runners and riders in the relegation battle appear to have reduced to three from four and Newcastle are looking increasingly vulnerable.

“Wednesday’s defeat at Stoke made it six in a row on their travels in the league, heaping more pressure on them to pick up results at home.

“There will be another packed house at St. James’ Park but that’s not always an advantage. Frustration in the stands can increase tension on the pitch.

“Bournemouth, boosted by their recent improvement which sees them eight points clear of the drop zone, can play with comparative freedom and are well equipped to pile on the misery for their hosts.”

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “When you win, naturally there is that little bounce and good feeling – the important thing, though, is we look forward and don’t just rest with that.

“An eight-point cushion is not enough because we are well aware that fortunes can change.

“These next two games we are playing against teams around us, and added to the eight after that, they will define our season.”


The Magpies are second bottom, eight points behind Bournemouth, and it is already looking like three of the current bottom four will be the teams going down.

Prediction: 2-1

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Newcastle's points tally of 24 is their lowest ever after 27 games in the Premier League era.<!–



  • Newcastle won 1-0 in the first top-flight meeting between the two sides last November.


  • Newcastle have lost just two of their last 10 league games at St James’ Park (W4, D4).
  • However, they have suffered eight defeats in 11 matches in all competitions (W2, D1).
  • Only 54% of Newcastle’s passes have been made in the opposition half this season – a lower proportion than every other team in the top flight.


  • Bournemouth’s midweek win over Southampton was only their third in 11 league games (D4, L4).
  • However, the Cherries have only lost one of their last eight away matches in the Premier League (W3, D4).
  • Bournemouth have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time.
  • They have scored an unrivalled eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Benik Afobe has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, with the Cherries unbeaten when he scores (W3, D1).

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