Newcastle have a decent record at home this season, and we have amassed 10 of our 14 points at St. James’ Park.
It will be another sell-out crowd of over 52,000 today for the visit of AFC Bournemouth today.
The Cherries, like the Magpies, are a well-drilled and organized side and could be hard to break down.
They are also an excellent counter-attacking side like Newcastle so they will be a tough test today.
But after losing a very close game at Turf Moor last Monday night, it will be essential to get back to our winning ways this afternoon.
Rafa Benitez – Bournemouth will be difficult
In typical Geordie style, a win and we will all be absolutely delighted, but a second defeat in a row and maybe the sky will be falling in?
Given those two choices, we’ll take a win anytime.
Here is some of what Benitez has said in the Chronicle today:
“When you have 15 days between games it’s more important to win because you’re happier.”
“We will try to do our best.” “Bournemouth will be very difficult.”
“They are a good team who know how to play in the Premier League.
“They know how to manage in the position they’re in and they’re not panicking.”
“They counter-attack well, have good pace and go forward well so it won’t be easy.”
“If we can get three points we will have 15 days waiting for Man United and we’ll be happy.”
Here’s where we stand in the league at the moment, and 3 points will take us to 17 points after 11 league games – and that would be very good.
Our next game is two weeks today at Old Trafford – isn’t that 14 days away?
We need the win today.