Match Day 31
AFC Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United
Saturday, March 16th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Last five matches form: L D L L W
Average goals per match: 1.37
Average goals against per match: 1.80
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (11)
Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón ( 8 )
It's 12th vs 13th on Match Day 31 in the Premier League as Eddie Howe's Bournemouth welcome Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United to the Vitality Stadium. With just three points between the sides, Newcastle will go above the Cherries on goal difference should they manage to pick up the points in this one.
Newcastle came out on top in the reverse of this fixture, winning 2-1 at St. James' Park courtesy of a brace from Salomón Rondón. The game here last season finished in a 2-2 draw.
Steve Cook, Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Junior Stanislas and Lewis Cook are all out injured for the home side. Newcastle will be without the injured Rob Elliott and Sean Longstaff, whilst Fabian Schär is suspended.
Bournemouth have been solid in front of their own fans this season, with their only four defeats coming at the hands of big guns Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. They have scored two or more in nine of 15 at home overall.
Newcastle have won only two of 14 on the road so far this season, but have picked up six draws. They are now without a win in their last six on the road though, and were disappointing at West Ham in their most recent away fixture.
Newcastle will be buoyed by that dramatic comeback win against Everton and an away win wouldn't be a huge surprise. This is a tough place to come and whilst we don't quite see the Magpies winning, they may do enough to pick up a point.
Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 1 - 1 Newcastle United
Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 10 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 49% - 51%
Jefferson Lerma, Jordan Ibe and Charlie Daniels were all booked for the home side, with referee Mike Dean also taking the names of Ayoze Perez and Isaac Hayden of Newcastle.
Newcastle don't have more of the ball in many games, and so it's a little surprising to see that they did here against a Bournemouth side who do generally keep it well. Very little to choose between the teams on the day, and whilst it may have came in dramatic circumstances, a draw was just about a fair result on the day.
Bournemouth went closest in the early stages when Ryan Fraser struck the post in the ninth minute. It was however the Magpies who struck first in the fifth minute of first half stoppage time. Salomón Rondón lining up a free kick around twenty-five yards from goal and slightly to the left hand side, and firing a beauty up and over the wall and into the top left. 0-1 at the break.
Two minutes into the second half Mike Dean handed Bournemouth a lifeline. Federico Fernandez adjudged to have fouled Nathan Ake as a corner came in from the right and the referee pointing to the spot. Joshua King stepping up to fire into the left-hand side.
Nine minutes from time Bournemouth looked to have turned it around for good. Dominic Solanke nicking the ball on the edge of the Newcastle area and doing well to hold up play before laying the ball back into the path of King just inside the area to the right of centre. Smart finish from King into the bottom left.
And then Newcastle equalised with just about the last kick of the game. DeAndre Yedlin floating a cross over from the right-hand side which dropped to former Bournemouth man Matt Ritchie around 12 yards out to the left-hand side. Thunderous first-time volley into the top left corner from Ritchie. 2-2 final score.
No change for Newcastle who remain in 13th spot and now seven points clear of the relegation zone. Bournemouth move up a spot to eleventh.