After our defeat at Dean Court the Cherries make the long trip up to the North East to face Newcastle United who were promoted from the Championship as Champions, pipping Brighton by one point. They only spent one season in the Championship after being relegated along with Norwich City and Aston Villa at the end of the 2015-16 Premier League season. Newcastle were the only one of the three to come back up straight away after a season away from the Premier League.
Their owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale and according to reports hopes to sell it by the end of the season.
Rafael Benitez joined Newcastle United on the 11th March 2016, replacing Steve McClaren and only six days after AFC Bournemouth had beaten them at St James` Park. Benitez couldn`t stop Newcastle being relegated from the top league, their North East neighbours Sunderland finished just above them in the last safe spot, with the Cherries just above Sunderland in 16th place.
During the Summer Newcastle have added some new faces to their side. Jacob Murphy the young midfield player for £12 million from Norwich City. French defender Florian Lejuene from Spanish club Eibar for £8.7 million. Ghana International player Christian Atsu the winger from Chelsea for £6.2 million, he was on a short loan to the Cherries in the 2015-16 season (played two games in the League Cup). Joselu the Spanish striker from Stoke City for £5 million. Defender Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee, the Spanish player was on loan at both Sunderland last season and in the 2014-15 season at Liverpool. Spanish midfield player Mikel Merino on loan from Borussia Dortmund. Amongst those that left, Florian Thauvin the winger who has joined Marseille for £9.8 million.
The Magpies had a poor start in their return to the Premier League, losing their first two games, at home against Spurs 0-2 and away at Huddersfield Town 1-0, they finished August on a high beating West Ham 3-0 at home. In September they won their first two games, away from home 0-1 at Swansea and then beating Stoke City 2-1 at St James` Park, the month ended with a 1-0 defeat away at Brighton. October started with two draws, a 1-1 draw at home against Liverpool, followed by a 2-2 draw at Saints, in the last home game they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 and in the Monday night game they lost 1-0 at Burnley. Newcastle are 9th in the table on 14 points, 7 points and 10 places above AFCB.
Newcastle United Team News:
Mikel Merino was missing for the match at Burnley on Monday night with a back injury. They have a strong squad to pick from.
Player to watch: Matt Ritchie
After leaving us for Newcastle, it will be interesting to see how Matt Ritchie gets on against our defence and Charlie Daniels who will probably be marking him. So far Ritchie is leading with assists with four to his name for Newcastle but hasn`t found the net yet himself in this higher league but scored a few in the Championship last season.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Benik Afobe and Junior Stanislas both picked up injuries in the game with Chelsea. Hopefully we will have both Josh King and Ryan Fraser available for selection.
Player to watch: Callum Wilson
If he plays, Callum Wilson, looked good against Middlesbrough and only playing towards the end of the game against Chelsea. He has scored in all three games he has started for our club this season.
Match Facts & Stats
In our league trips to Newcastle, we have Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1. In all competitions, AFCB have Won 4, Drawn 1 and Lost 3. The last time we visited St James` Park was in our first season in the Premier League (2015-16), the Cherries came back with all 3 points having defeated Newcastle for the first time at their place by 1-3. Our goals coming from a Taylor o.g, King and Daniels. In the fixture at Dean Court Newcastle won 0-1. The only other time we have met in the league was back in 1989-90 in Division 2 (Old), the Cherries winning the game at Dean Court 2-1 and Newcastle winning 3-0 at their place.