Newcastle’s campaign gets back underway today with Eddie Howe’s former club coming to St. James’ Park. With the international break looming and last week’s match being postponed, this is the only match in a four week period so Newcastle must make it count.
A win could propel us into the top half of the table within striking distance of a European place. It would also be just the second league win of the campaign and a perfect way to start the break.
The Cherries will hope to get one over on their former manager. They’ve picked up a draw and a win under caretaker manager Gary O’Neil. A result will ensure they remain out of the bottom three.
This is the team I am predicting Howe will name today. It is unchanged from the scoreless draw against Crystal Palace. Though, Howe has some selection decisions to make with Bruno Guimaraes potentially available and Elliot Anderson a strong candidate for his full Premier League debut.
Newcastle have been able to navigate the previous few weeks without injured stars Guimaraes, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Callum Wilson. They may have to do that again this afternoon with Callum and Allan not expected to take part.
The injury situation is improving with the encouraging news that Jonjo Shelvey has started running. He could return early next month with a packed schedule until the World Cup break in November.
Karl Darlow (ankle), Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Bruno Guimaraes (hamstring – late fitness test), Callum Wilson (hamstring – late fitness test), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring – late fitness test)
David Brooks (hamstring), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (knee), Junior Stanislas (groin – late fitness test)
The poll for this match reveals that fans are extremely positive the lads will pick up three points with 90% predicting a win. Anything less would be very disappointing with two weeks until our next match at Fulham.