Newcastle v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 06, 2018
St James' Park - Premier League
Newcastle are looking to build on their first win of the season as they host a Bournemouth side that lost their first match in seven last weekend. The Cherries' phenomenal start to the season has seen them settle into sixth place in the league, whereas the Magpies sit precariously out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Newcastle haven't got the better of Bournemouth since 2015, as the Cherries followed up an away win last season with a draw - despite falling behind to two Dwight Gayle goals within the first 46 minutes. Eddie Howe's side's late comeback was started by an 80th-minute Adam Smith finish before Dan Gosling earned his side a point on the 89-minute mark.
Rafa Benitez will have a decision on his hands with two of his subs combining last Saturday to score Newcastle's winning goal: does the manager start Ayoze Perez and Ki Sung-Yeung, or stick with the Yoshinori Muto - Jonjo Shelvey pairing who started but were forced off with muscular injuries. Both are likely to recover to start next weekend, although the problem may be more serious for Jamaal Lascelles who was subbed off at half-time against Watford.
With Josh King remaining sidelined, Howe is likely to stick with the 4-5-1 formation that played against Manchester United, with David Brooks playing off Callum Wilson, although he may be tempted to revert to the more offensive 3-4-3 to counter Newcastle's defensive solidarity.
Newcastle v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Finally, Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side have won a Premier League game this season. The Magpies have undoubtedly been showing signs of improvement over the past few games, with a draw at Southampton preceded by a narrow 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.
Their opponents this weekend, Bournemouth, suffered a similar one-goal loss to the Reds to end a strong run of form for the Cherries. This is unlikely to greatly demoralise the south coast side however, as their performance saw them match Jose Mourinho's side in terms of possession and shots, and Howe will feel hard done by with Marcus Rashford's injury-time winner.
On Saturday, the English manger will be keen to get his side back to winning ways, with a second consecutive defeat potentially harmful to his side's momentum. Newcastle, despite their shocking run of form, are no pushovers however, and will feel confident in their ability to shut their opposition out if necessary. It is the other side of the game that the club have struggled with so far.
Under 2.5 goals at 17/20
Newcastle are well organised and usually keep things tight - this bet would've paid out in five of their last six matches.
Callum Wilson to score and Bournemouth to win at 7/2
The English striker's in great form this season and is pushing for a call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad.