Newcastle vs Bournemouth – Match Preview
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 5, 2016
Newcastle United host AFC Bournemouth at 3pm this afternoon. This match has turned into somewhat of a ‘cup final’ especially for Newcastle who are desperate to pick up points. However, I do not think that Bournemouth are out of the woods just yet. Sitting on 32 points they are in a very good position heading into the final 10 games of the season, it would take a disastrous run of form to put them in serious contention for relegation. One thing we have learnt this season however, is that anything can happen. Although, I think Bournemouth will be safe.
Newcastle on the other hand are in real trouble. Currently on 24 points they have a game in hand over their other relegation rivals. If Newcastle fail to win this game I feel that they will get relegated, as it would mean relying on the results of other teams and this is not good enough. Newcastle simply must win this game. It is yet to be confirmed whether or not the hamstring problem that saw Andros Townsend sit out the defeat at Stoke will also result in him missing this game. Fabricio Coloccini remains out while Chancel Mbemba is also a big doubt – having resisted pressure to declare himself fit for our midweek match. Vurnon Anita and Siem De Jong got some pitch time in a training ground kickabout on Wednesday and may come into contention. Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan and Massadio Haidara remain unavailable for selection whilst news of Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote is awaited. This leaves Newcastle with some major defensive problems, as they will most likely start with Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles at centre-back. It has been confirmed that Jonjo Shelvey will be Newcastle’s captain for today’s game for the second time running.
Bournemouth will be anxious to exert revenge for a slightly flukey Newcastle win on the south coast earlier in the season. Newcastle won away 1-0 as Ayoze Perez netted Newcastle’s only real chance in that game. A superb performance from Goalkeeper Rob Elliot kept the cherries at bay. The main threat that Bournemouth have at the moment is January signing Benik Afobe. The former Wolves marksman has settled effortlessly into life on the south coast, scoring four goals in eight Premier League appearances. Deadly in the box and remarkably effective in his hold-up play, Afobe is proving to be a shrewd acquisition at £10m. A match-winning goal against Newcastle could all but confirm top flight safety for his new team.
This is seen by many as what could be Steve McClaren’s final game in charge at Newcastle. Fail to win and Newcastle have an incredible job to do to stay in the Premier League. However, if they win could Bourenmouth be dragged into the relegation scrap? Time will tell. History has very little to show for this game as Newcastle and Bournemouth have only faced each other 7 times in all competitions since the sides first met in 1963. This will be a very tight game in my opinion, however, with a sell-out crowd expected at St James’ Park and the importance of this fixture to Newcastle I can see the Magpies slightly edging this game. It could define each club’s season and it will be a great game to watch.
My Prediction: 2-1 Newcastle Win.
If, and only if, you are over 18 then £1 on Newcastle to win 2-1 would return £11.
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