Bournemouth v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Cherries v Magpies
Cherries v Magpies
Newcastle make the longest trip in the Premier League this weekend when they visit Bournemouth – a return journey that marginally eclipses the trip to Swansea and weighs in at around 718 miles.

It’s a long long way to go, but it’s also a long long way back home, especially if a defeat is suffered. I’ve done these trips, and it’s not a nice feeling.

This is one reason why it’s important to give the traveling fans something to shout about. Not only will it make the return journey home much better, it will also ease a little bit of pressure heading into the international break and will drag us out of the bottom three regardless of how results fare elsewhere. Put simply, this game means everything.


Eddie Howe deserves credit as the Cherries have suffered through injury but he’s not used it as an excuse. Key players are missing for his side and will be long term with Callum Wilson, Max Gradel, Tommy Elphick and Tyrone Mings all out long term. Steve Cook and Artur Boruc are also both doubtful ahead of the match.


United are not without their own injury problems with the main cause for concern at the moment being the fitness of Rob Elliot. Should he join Tim Krul and Karl Darlow on the treatment table it will mean a first Premier League appearance for Freddie Woodman.

Also ruled out are Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan and Jack Colback while Sylvain Marveaux and Emmaunel Riviere seem to have vanished off the face of the earth with no recent sightings or injury updates on the pair to speak of.


There isn’t an awful lot of history between the two sides with just six meeting to speak of and with only two of those meetings coming in the league. This is the first top-flight meeting between the two sides ever.

Of those six matches United have won two, two have ended as a draw and Bournemouth have won the other two. If you wish to consider penalties then the Cherries have actually won three having beaten us in a shootout at St James’ Park in January 1992.

Stats and facts:

Bournemouth have ran more miles than their opponents in all 11 of their Premier League games this season.

The clean sheet recorded by United last week against Stoke was only their second of the season.

The Cherries have the second worst defence in the Premier League having conceded 24 goals. Only Sunderland (25) have conceded more.

Newcastle have failed to score in six league games this season – a league high.

Matt Ritchie has 18 assists since the start of last season. Only Cesc Fabregas has managed more anywhere else in England.

McClaren’s men have had six headers on target this season, scoring five of them.

Final thought…

I can’t really stress the importance of this one enough. Neither side can defend, both are struggling to score and both try and play decent football so really anything can happen. I’d love Bournemouth to survive and hope they go on a winning run at some point, after our game of course as our needs come first in my eyes.

The thing is, no matter how well we play and how many chances we’ve created you can’t get away from the fact that we’ve scored none of them. I’m sure it will change, but whether it will be in this game I’m not so sure.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday 7th November

Time: 12:45pm

Venue: Dean Court, Bournemouth

About toonsy

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32 thoughts on “Bournemouth v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. As ever these days it’s a game that’s had to predict. They play good positive football and run all day. If our front 4 perform we’ll win. If if if . . .


  2. like every game you worry what sort of game our so called defenders are going to perform that will decide the out come,hope it makes Stuart and the rest of our fans come back happy for once


  3. This is one of those pivotal games, win it and we are confident that there are worse teams than us in the league and we are looking up. Lose it and we go into the international break wondering where the next win is going to come from.


  4. Elliot has travelled to the South Coast and told Ryder he is ready for the fitness test on Saturday morning: “if I break down we are in good hands (feet) with young whatshisname, erm, his Dad was coach here and taught Timmy all about hoofing”.

    They also have some 4-year-old from Wallsend Boys Club on stand by just in case.


  5. The plan is: erm… he had a reoccurence of the thigh knack that kept him out for 8 months but he will be alreet. Yep, no worries. And we always have that lad that hasn’t started to shave yet and played in the 4th division.


  6. And… here in the US we get every game broadcast live. What I don’t understand is where they keep finding these Scottish co-commentators. Scotland hasn’t had a good player since Dalgiesh and Souness and yet they are all doing their bad Andy Gray impressions over here – yelling and screaming for every goal kick that is disallowed. Where do they all come from? Actually, none of them are under 50 so they might die off like the dinosaurs.


  7. @8: but Lee Ryder says he is ready. Oh, is that the Lee Ryder that was all for John Carver, is it? Right. OK then.


  8. I am going to quote this again just so we all know what an idiot Lee Ryder is: He said Woodman is an “able deputy” to Elliot. Woodman is 18 and has played 12 games in the 4th division. A lot of people on here don’t even think Elliot is “able”.

    What I am getting at is that the chief sports writer for all things NUFC is an idiot who cannot have seen Woodman play that much unless he spends his fckin weekends in Crawley and he has the audacity to tell us everything will be cool if Wooders is called upon.


  9. seem to think we didn’t meet the criteria to get an emergency ‘keeper because Elliot trained this week? We almost didn’t start him and almost took him off last week! Does Charnley have to wheel him down to the FA?

    Anyway, I am keeping everything crossed that the ‘keeper that everybody says is **** will be fit and that his understudy who has the backing of Ryder will come through in a pinch.


  10. Jak, are you there Jak Alnwick? Is this deja vu all over again? I don’t know, because I have never seen Woodman play, and if any of you went to see Crawley let me know if he is any good.


  11. Well, let’s send someone to evaluate young Woodman at Crawley. How about his Dad, that would be very unbiased. Sorry Lee Charnley, his Dad f@cked off to another club so we will have to get Beardsley to do it. Doh…


  12. Latest news… NUFC have decided that 15 year old Lee (Freddy) Wheresmeshavingcream will not start on Saturday after Lee “thighnack” Elliot fails his fitness test. Instead they have shipped in an out of contract giraffe named Lee from Tanzania. Lee Charnley said: “if it is good enough for Sunderland, it is good enough for us”.


  13. The giraffe said: **** me, I thought I was going to play for Bournemouth and wouldn’t have anybody shooting at me for at least 90 minutes.

    Yeah, I know, we had 36 shots in the past 2 games (0 goals though).


  14. Since Lee (teach Timmy how to hoof in into touch now) Woodman Sr. has ****ed off now, will his son follow? He is not contracted past the summer, so Lee Ryder might get his wish and give him some PL experience before he moves on.


  15. Rolando Aarons tweeted: “Can you lot stop taking the piss about me being injured all the time, it is not right and I am going to tell me Mam”.


  16. Thanks Toonsy. I’m hoping we get a much needed win tomorrow, going into the break without it doesn’t bare thinking about. This blog will be in meltdown for sure. I have had 3 bombshells dropped on me over the last 2 weeks and my dads funeral was on Wednesday so I need cheering up to put it mildly.


  17. From The Chronicle site. Lee Ryder’s attempt at humour:

    “Lee Ryder ✔ @lee_ryder
    Wow even players who are linked with #nufc are picking up injuries now, Anwar El Ghazi suffers ankle problem for #ajax
    8:50 AM – 6 Nov 2015”


  18. eric sykes, i watched the game live on jaarman tele and it could easily have been 7 or 8. fc bayern, now that really is power football, arsenal with all the stars, were really rocking !


  19. Mark – we are the biggest and best club of the 2, by a million miles
    we have the better players (cough)
    and by far the most experienced coach/ manager thing.
    Surely all we have to do is turn up and we will win easily ❓
    Another clean sheet against these pretenders is a certainty.
    Quite how you can predict 1-1 is beyond me.
    The very fact we cant score for toffee has clearly slipped your deluded mind.
    At best, this match has 0-0 written all over it.
    Pathetic and hopeless.


  20. From so it must be true. My head will explode, please no, please no…

    “Reports claim that John Carver is now interested in getting a job back in the MLS, having already had a brief spell in management there back in 2008.

    He was in charge at Toronto FC before things fell apart amid friction with the owners of the club, with Carver resigning in 2009.

    However, USA say that their sources tell them that the former Newcastle Coach is actively showing interest in jobs that are now coming up for grabs.

    Chicago Fire are one of those searching for a new head coach”


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