Newcastle vs Bournemouth preview, betting tips and prediction: Magpies to prevail in low scoring clash

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Newcastle to win and under 2.5 goals @ 13/4 with Coral

Bournemouth to win 1-2 @ 12/1 with Coral

Draw HT/Newcastle FT @ 15/4 with Coral

Newcastle and Bournemouth clash at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Magpies in much better shape after the first 10 games of the campaign. Despite a loss at Burnley on Monday night, their fourth of the season, Rafa Benitez’s side sit ninth with a very good home record. That is ten places and seven points above a Bournemouth side who find themselves in the bottom three with just two wins to their name.

Eddie Howe is one of Britain’s brightest managers so naturally neutrals want to see him do well, but the Cherries have struggled badly this season and need to pick up some form soon. Newcastle are a side many thought would perform poorly after an underwhelming summer transfer window, but their organisation in defence and clear team spirit has so far made the difference for them. Having spent a fair bit themselves, on the likes of Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic and Jermain Defoe, Bournemouth should be expecting to do better.

Form 

Newcastle have won four, drawn two and now lost four of their ten games so far this season and there is a real pattern beginning to develop for Benitez’s men. After failing to clinch a deal for a proven goalscorer, the Newcastle boss does not seem to have too much faith in his attacking options so plays defensively. The home side have only scored more than once in a game on three occasions this season, so they do not tend to be involved in classic encounters. The bad news for Bournemouth is they haven’t lost at home since the opening day of the season, but conceding the first goal has appeared to be a real issue for them.

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The 2-1 win away at Stoke will give Bournemouth some confidence coming into this game, but that and a home win over Brighton are the only successes so far for the Cherries. There is no shame in losing to the champions as Chelsea beat them last time out. Like Newcastle, scoring goals has been a real issue, with only six so far. Jermain Defoe and Josh King netted 30 combined last term, but they need to find that kind of form sooner rather than later or it could become a serious problem on the South Coast.

Team News

Newcastle’s history with injuries has been rather shocking over the years, but their current situation looks pretty good for Benitez. Paul Dummett is their only long-term absentee, having been out since the first game of the season against Tottenham. But Mikel Merino missed the loss at Burnley on Monday with a back problem; it was unknown to many before the team news came out, but it appears he could be forced out of this one.

Dwight Gayle could come in for the misfiring Joselu, while Matt Ritchie should face his former club.

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Other than long term absentees Adam Federici and Tyrone Mings, who could be back in mid-November, Eddie Howe’s side have a clean bill of health.

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