The Magpies stay home after last weekend’s postponed game as they host caretake-managed Bournemouth
It’s payback time. Well, more or less. Eddie Howe and the lads in Black and White will host NUFC’s head coach former team Bournemouth at St James’ Park after skipping the visit to West Ham in London last weekend due to the passing of the queen. I don’t want to talk a lot about the whole “revenge game” thing because it doesn’t make sense and it’s been years since the last time Howe and AFC were linked to each other. Cold world.
One and only one very clear thing should be on the minds of every player clad in Newcastle’s stripes today: earn those freaking three points once and for all. It’s been more than a month since the last time the Magpies won a Premier League game—and that victory came against the Championship-looking Nottingham Forest, which is not the greatest of wins to claim and be too proud about.
The fact that Bournemouth has been better with a caretaker manager than it was under the guidance of Scott Parker might be concerning and threatening—to an extent, at least—but that’s no excuse for Howe’s lads to drop more points in a game that they should dominate and win without much trouble today.
St James’ Park has not seen any team other than Liverpool—with a measly 1-0 win—earn three points on it while playing away from home, so getting one point is the very minimum expectation today. That, though, would be an embarrassment for Howe and the rest of Newcastle’s staff and players. Yes, Bournemouth is tied with the Magpies in the table. But also yes, Bournemouth has conceded 18 goals in six games and if they allow NUFC to put three past them that’d make for an all-time record: 21 goals against in only seven games played.
Newcastle, as was the case last season, is finding it (very) hard to put the ball inside the goal. It’s just been seven goals in six games and no player (Callum Wilson) has scored more than two—adding wood to the fire, Wilson is now injured and out until after the international break while Sweden international Alexander Isak scored one in his debut but missed on it last time out against Palace.
We will have to wait to know about Allan Saint-Maximin’s availability after getting banged up against Wolves, and of course, ASM is the man boasting the highest assist-tally (2) among Magpies. Seriously, Newcastle haven’t truly—nor actually seem to know how to—caught a break.
The comeback against Nott. Forest that Bournemouth pulled off in their last game might scare some, but Nott. Forest is coming off another game lost 2-3 against Fulham yesterday after leading it 1-0 for 54 minutes. In other words: that comeback by AFCB might have not been so supremely great of an effort as thought-of first.
Let’s get three points, get the bodies rested and the minds cleared over the next couple of weeks full of meaningless international football, and come back fresh in October. We all need a break and we’re barely past mid-September these days. Sheesh.
FotMob.com best guess at the upcoming Starting XIs from the Magpies and the Cherries is in, so let’s go through it.
GK PopeDEF Trippier – Schar – Botman – TargettMID Willock- Bruno- JoelintonWNG Almirón – FraserFWD Isak
HOWAY THE LADS! #NEWBOU // #NUFC pic.twitter.com/ubHZnyDWDX
Senesi in from the off Kelly out with injury Smith captains the side Our line up for #NEWBOU pic.twitter.com/gpoymlvHpf
Newcastle vs. Bournemouth
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Howay the Lads!