England Premier League
Saturday 17th September 2022
Kick off at 3pm BST
Venue: St. James' Park
You would imagine that Newcastle will be raring to go by the time the whistle blows to signal this match. For all of their good play and attacking intent it’s interesting to think that Eddie Howe’s side have won just once so far. Their results have been littered with draws with 70% of their outcomes so far being decided by that result. For now everything remains calm at a club who has a lot of ambition but a win will be expected at the weekend nonetheless.
Newcastle are in 11th place with seven points and their last game finished 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace. It’s been just one defeat so far which came right at the end of injury time against Liverpool. There have been some frustrating results though for a team who are looking more and more talented, and drop points here and perhaps the knives will begin to be sharpened.
Bournemouth still have no full time manager and perhaps interim Gary O’ Neil may just be able to take up the job on a permanent basis after the sacking of Scott Parker. That is because since Parker has gone Bournemouth haven’t lost, yes albeit only two games have passed but after being crushed 9-0 by Liverpool the squad has shown mental backbone to bounce back from that defeat. The defeat against the Reds was followed up by keeping a clean sheet as they drew 0-0 with Wolves and then beat Nottingham Forest 3-2. All of this means that the club has the same points as the Magpies coming into this game. Of concern will be how many goals Bournemouth has conceded away from home and that stands at 15 so far and Newcastle will certainly relish making opportunities on goal here.
Newcastle: Bruno Guimaraes is 50/50 to come back from his hamstring and will be assessed, it is exactly the same situation with Callum Wilson. Karl Darlow could miss the next two months due to an ankle injury. Allan Saint-Maximin will face a late assessment to see if he can be involved in the game due to an earlier hamstring injury, Jonjo Shelvey is not due back for another five weeks due to his hamstring. Emil Krafth is out long term with a knee injury.
Bournemouth: Junior Stanilas will be assessed because of a lack of match fitness and is only 50/50 to make this game. Joe Rothwell will miss the next two weeks with an on going thigh injury. Ben Pearson is out with his knee, David Brooks is expected to miss out again with fitness issues.
Newcastle vs Bournemouth Head to Head:
This will be just the 15th game between the clubs.
Newcastle have won the last two meetings and the last time the clubs played at Newcastle the home side won 2-1.
For 5 meetings in a row Newcastle have been able to score at least 2 goals against Bournemouth.
Also for the last 5 meetings both teams have scored each time.
Newcastle vs Bournemouth Prediction:
Credit has to be given to Gary O’Neil who under very difficult circumstances has got the team on his side, they are working hard behind the scenes and this is an uphill task and he is doing a sterling job. This will be O’Neil’s most difficult match since he took over and one would suspect that he will set up his team to defend and try to take a point.
The clubs haven’t played each other for a couple of years and at that time Newcastle were getting the better of Bournemouth and now of course the Magpies have improved ten fold. There is an urgency and also a demand around the club that they start turning draws into wins. There is no panic because they are playing by and large good football and look confident and the players seem happy with Howe. This is why with all of the above mentioned we think we will witness a home win and this could be a banker home win however the price of 1.44 may put off some punters, so for value we could look into the "-1 asian handicap" market.
New signing Alexander Isak may lead the line and in the little we have seen of him he has already become a fan favourite. Being at home we think he will flaunt his skills and try to impress and he is a great price to get on the score sheet.
Newcastle vs Bournemouth Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (-1 Newcastle) at 1.70
Anytime goalscorer: Alexander Isak at 2.00
Newcastle to score 2+ goals at 1.50