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    AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United Preview. Newcastle travel to Bournemouth for crucial six-pointer.

    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter.

    Newcastle United travel to Bournemouth for vital fixture this weekend which could ease the club’s woes or heap even more pressure on Steve McClaren’s side.

    A win at Dean Court would guarantee an escape from the relegation zone for the Magpies before the international break but defeat could see the North East team drop to the bottom of the league.

    Many Newcastle fans would have thought of this game as an easy three points at the start of the season but following yet another poor start to the campaign, the Geordie faithful will approach this fixture with caution.

    The Cherries have picked up good wins against West Ham and Sunderland but they have been winless in the league since their victory over Newcastle’s Wearside rivals on September 19th.

    Eddie Howe’s side have struggled in recent games however, having conceded 12 goals in their last three Premier League games, scoring only two themselves.

    This will be only the seventh time these two sides have faced off against each other, with Bournemouth having fared better than their Tyneside opponents in the fixture’s history.

    The South Coast side have claimed three wins since the teams first faced each other in November 1963, while Newcastle have won just twice, with the only draw coming in January 1992 in the FA Cup.

    Bournemouth won the last match up between the two in the FA Cup replay later that January, as the game finished 2-2 at St James’ Park and the visitors went on to win on penalties.

    Newcastle hold the biggest win in this fixture’s history however, in a 3-0 victory in which Mick Quinn scored a brace to add to John Anderson’s strike.

    Both clubs are suffering with a number of injures, including season ending injuries for Newcastle’s Tim Krul and Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings.

    The Magpies will breathe a sigh of relief that they will not have to react to a third goalkeeper injury going into the game, as Rob Elliot looks set to recover from a thigh injury in time for the trip.

    McClaren will also be able to call upon star fullback Daryl Janmaat for the contest, who will return from a knee injury which forced him off against Stoke last weekend.

    Youngster Kevin Mbabu will also be fit but the game will come too soon for Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Gabriel Obertan, Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere.

    Bournemouth will be unable to call upon a number of key players, as Steve Cook, Artur Boruc, Christian Atsu and Tommy Elphick all miss out.

    Howe will also be without Max Gradel and Callum Wilson for the vast majority of the season, as the two star men remain sidelined with serious ACL injuries.

    The fixture could also see two former Newcastle players face their old club this weekend, with both Sylvain Distin and Dan Gosling available for the game.

    A win for Newcastle would do wonders for the players’ confidence and potentially see a club which should be aiming higher go on to claim more wins for their loyal and vocal fan base.

    But the long trip to the South Coast to face a team who are in crucial need of a win themselves could prove to be a difficult task for McClaren and his players.

    The team need to keep pushing forward and make better use of their opportunities if they are to travel back to the North East with all three points after this big clash.

    Score Prediction: Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United

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