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Started by Bensergi, Nov 04, 2017, 05:16 PM

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Nov 04, 2017, 05:16 PM Last Edit: Nov 04, 2017, 05:20 PM by Bensergi
Newcastle vs Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe hasn't quite lived up to expectations in his return to Bournemouth, but there is a chance he can get things started when his team pay a visit to Newcastle.

Defoe has scored on each of his last three league visits to St James' Park. Should he help the Cherries to victory over Newcastle, it will be a dent to Rafa Benitez's fine Saturday record.

The Spaniard has managed five home EPL matches for Newcastle on a Saturday and won all five. Overall, he has lost only once in his last 58 home EPL appearances on a Saturday!

Benitez will be without Mikel Merino, who is out for "a couple of weeks at least" with a back injury.

Isaac Hayden has recovered from a minor calf problem and is available, but Paul Dummett is not ready to return.

Bournemouth will be without Benik Afobe and Junior Stanislas, who were both substituted because of injuries during the defeat by Chelsea last weekend.

Callum Wilson will be looking to make his first league start in more than a year following a serious knee injury.


Match Stats:

  • Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth
  • Shots: 16-16
  • Possession: 48%-52%
  • Corner kicks: 11-9

A late winner from Steve Cook gave AFC Bournemouth a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United as they moved out of the relegation zone.

Newcastle started well, with Matt Ritchie forcing a save from Asmir Begovic and then hitting a post, while Dwight Gayle's follow-up was ruled out for offside.

But AFC Bournemouth rallied and Callum Wilson fired wide when through on goal.

Marc Pugh hit a post in the 89th minute, but the Cherries fashioned another chance in stoppage time and Cook made no mistake with his header from Andrew Surman's corner.

With successive away PL wins for only the second time, AFC Bournemouth climbed three places out of the drop zone, while Newcastle have dropped two to 11th.

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