Newcastle vs Bournemouth preview
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Last Updated: 08/11/19 2:25pm
Team news, key stats and prediction ahead of Newcastle vs Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce will once again be without Fabian Schar and Matt Ritchie. Schar is still working his way back from a knee problem, while Ritchie has suffered a setback in his recovery from minor ankle surgery following a challenge by Leicester's Hamza Choudhury in August.
Sean Longstaff serves the second instalment of a three-match ban following his red card against Wolves, while Florian Lejeune is closing in on a return from a second cruciate ligament injury.
Bournemouth will be without suspended midfielder Jefferson Lerma after the Colombia international collected a fifth yellow card in last weekend's win over Manchester United.
Dan Gosling, sidelined with a troublesome hip problem sustained in the summer, has been back in full training, so could come into contention. David Brooks (ankle) continues his own rehabilitation, along with Junior Stanislas, Andrew Surman and Charlie Daniels (all knee).
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- The home side lost each of the first three Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Bournemouth, but are unbeaten in the last three (W1 D2), with Newcastle winning this exact fixture 2-1 last season.
- Bournemouth have won two of their three Premier League away games against Newcastle, though did lose 1-2 at St James' Park last season.
- Newcastle's five home league games this season have seen just six goals scored (F3 A3), with no side netting more than once in a single match. In contrast, there have been 20 goals scored in the Magpies' six away games (F6 A14).
- Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Premier League games. They've never gone four games without conceding in the competition, last doing so in league competition back in March 2014.
- Newcastle are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since April - they scored more goals in their 3-2 win against West Ham last time out than they had in their previous five Premier League games combined (2).
- After a run that saw them saw score 17 goals across six away games in the Premier League, Bournemouth have failed to score in their last two on the road.
- In his managerial career in England, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has taken charge of 915 games in all competitions - this will be his first ever meeting with Bournemouth, making them the 87th different side he's faced.
- Five of Newcastle's nine Premier League goals this season have been scored by defenders - both a higher total and a higher percentage (56 per cent) than any other side so far this season.
Charlie Nicholas' prediction
The way Newcastle are going at the minute, you are thinking that these are winnable games for them. I know Steve Bruce likes to play attacking football, but he cannot do so with this team. Miguel Almiron is like a little whippet who cannot slow down to finish.
The fans love him as he is energetic, which I do like about him, but the other phases of his play need to come sharpish. Allan Saint-Maximin is skilful and unpredictable, while Jonjo Shelvey is back in the team. If Newcastle win, they are heading towards the top end of the table.
Bournemouth can go anywhere and play well, as shown with the Manchester United game. They are a very dangerous side and will cause problems once again.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)
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