Match Preview & Prediction: Newcastle United vs Bournemouth (01/07/2020)

Premier League

After a dismal display against Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter final, Newcastle United will be looking to redeem themselves and gain these 3 points in a race to finish in the top half the league. Bournemouth on the other hand, find themselves lingering in the relegation zone fighting for survival. A loss for Bournemouth could be the coup de grace, as their remaining 6 fixtures post Newcastle United include: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester and Manchester City.

Preview

The last 6 fixtures between the two sides has seen an equal share of the spoils. There have been 2 draws and respectively 2 wins for each side. Building off recent history, we should likely see a result on Wednesday evening. Additionally, none of the prior 6 games have been goalless. Given that both sides have struggled for goals this season, finding themselves tied 18th for goals scored (29) in the league – the ball finding the back of the net will be a welcomed surprise from spectators.

Newcastle United

Since project restart, Newcastle United have faired well in the Premier League – taking a total of 4 points from an available 6. Consequently, and unusually, United find themselves sitting comfortably above the relegation zone at 13th with 39 points. However, after a disappointing display on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter final, Steve Bruce will be hoping his team can rectify themselves on Wednesday evening. Despite safety almost guaranteed, one would not be wrong to suspect that Bruce will be urging his team to capture the 3 points at the Vitality stadium. Given the possibility of a takeover, Steve Bruce’s safety as the manager is all but certain and it would behoove oneself to expect him to want to finish the season strongly.

The setup will be interesting, as many are predicting to see 2 strikers up front in the likes of Andy Carroll and Joelinton. Newcastle will be hoping for the sound return of Matt Ritchie as he has proven to be of critical importance to United’s success. Shelvey should find himself back in the starting lineup – having your best passer of the ball on the field alongside Andy Carroll is entirely appropriate. All that said, Newcastle talisman Allan Saint-Maximin will be United’s greatest threat as he has proven remarkably difficult to contain.

Bournemouth

The Cherries find themselves in a spot of bother as they fight for survival. Their target man Callum Wilson is suspended as he sees out the 2nd of his two match ban, after picking up 10 yellow cards. This will be a big blow to Bournemouth has they have struggled for goals as is, scoring a miserable 4 in their last six games and as mentioned earlier, a total of 29 all season. Ryan Fraser will not be putting on the Cherries jersey again as his contract has expired and there has been no renewal – bookies have strong odds on him to join Celtic. Joshua King should be fit for Wednesday evening and the hopes of the survival of the Cherries rest solely on his and Harry Wilsons shoulders.

One would expect Eddie Howe to setup up aggressively as 3 points are desperately needed for survival. This may leave the Cherries susceptible to be punished for risks taken. Having said that, Newcastle aren’t entirely clinical in front of goal, so it may be a great reward for a small risk in the eyes of Howe.

Prediction

Given the dire situation of Bournemouth and the pressure mounting on the team to stay afloat – the may find themselves exposed a bit too much. We suspect Steve Bruce may be urging his players to approach this game with patience and poise as opportunities will present themselves. Whether or not they’ll take them, is a different story all together. Having said all that, we predict the following:

Bournemouth 0 – 2 Newcastle United.

Scorers:
Allan Saint-Maximin
Andy Carroll

Let us know your predictions in the comments below!

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