Vitality Stadium - Premier League
While Newcastle were busy extending their wonderful home record at the weekend, Bournemouth were ending their dismal run away from home. The Cherries are back at the Vitality on Saturday though, with the Magpies struggling on the road.
These teams have met five times in the Premier League. Each team’s won twice, with a 2-2 draw in last season’s game at the Vitality in the other. Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St James’ Park earlier this term, with Salomon Rondon scoring both goals for the hosts.
Callum Wilson is fit again and made a scoring return to Bournemouth’s starting XI against Huddersfield on Saturday. Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Steve Cook and Lewis Cook are all injured for this game though. Junior Stanislas is also a doubt with a hip flexor injury.
Sean Longstaff has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, which is a real blow for Newcastle following the youngster’s meteoric rise to prominence. Jamaal Lascelles is an injury doubt, while Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark are out. Fabian Schar is suspended.
Bournemouth v Newcastle Preview and Predictions
There’s only three points separating these two teams ahead of this weekend’s encounter on the south coast. That means 13th-placed Newcastle can catch their hosts Bournemouth, who are currently occupying 12th position in the Premier League table.
Both teams come into the game on the back of wins last time out. Bournemouth ended their nine-match losing streak away from home as they eased to a 2-0 victory over bottom club Huddersfield. Newcastle meanwhile made it five home wins in a row as they staged a dramatic late comeback to beat Everton 3-2.
The home team have slipped down the table in recent weeks, but they scored six goals without reply in beating Chelsea and West Ham at home in January. Newcastle meanwhile have failed to win any of their last six away games, while they threw away a 2-0 lead at Dean Court last season, eventually drawing 2-2.
There’s a decent chance the Magpies will go one better this time round though, as they’re in much better form than their hosts. Rafa Benitez’s side have 16 points from their last eight games, while Bournemouth have 10.
The away team are 29/10 for the win, which would see them draw level on points with their hosts, who are evens to stretch their lead over the Magpies to six. It’s 13/5 for the game to finish with honours even.
Newcastle to win and BTTS at 13/2
The Magpies are on a real high after their dramatic late show against Everton, while they came really close to fulfilling this bet at the Vitality last season.
Rondon to score anytime at 9/4
The Venezuelan hit a match-winning brace against Bournemouth earlier this season, and started the comeback against Everton last time out. Rondon is 23/4 to score first.