Newcastle are looking to build on their first victory of the season when they welcome a brilliant Bournemouth side to St James’ Park on Saturday – live on talkSPORT 2.
The Magpies have endured a desperate start to the season, but a timely victory against Watford last weekend saw them climb out of the relegation zone.
Their opponents, on the other hand, continue to amaze under Eddie Howe. The 40-year-old was given the Manager of the Month award for October after guiding his team to sixth-place.
Manchester United ended the Cherries’ six-match unbeaten run last Saturday in dramatic fashion and they will be keen to regain any lost momentum in their unlikely hunt for a Europa League spot.
Where can I listen?
You can listen to exclusive commentary of Newcastle vs Bournemouth live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 3pm.
What the managers are saying
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle): “Bournemouth are a good team, they are well organised – so it will not be easy to play ‘expansive football’ as they call it on the TV.
“We will try to win the game, though. They are a settled team with Premier League experience.”
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth): “The mentality going to Newcastle this year has to be the same as last.
“The circumstances of the game are different but the mentality has to be the same.”
Newcastle are without Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto.
Lascelles (shoulder), Shelvey (muscle injury) and Muto (calf) all left the pitch during last weekend’s 1-0 win over Watford.
Joshua King returned to Bournemouth training this week after missing the last three games with an ankle injury, but he’s not quite ready for this fixture.
Junior Stanislas also misses out for the Cherries.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon.
Subs: Clark, Murphy, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Darlow, Atsu.
AFC Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Smith, Ibe, Lewis Cook, Lerma, Fraser, Brooks, Wilson.
Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Mousset, Daniels, Defoe.
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