- One point separates the sides
- Bournemouth are winless in five
- Newcastle have won two of their last 22 PL matches
Two teams battling towards the bottom of the table kick off Week 12 of the Premier League season, as Newcastle travels south to face Bournemouth (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
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Despite being early November, this is a massive match for two struggling sides in desperate need of points. Bournemouth currently sits 17th on the table, one place and one point ahead of Newcastle. The Cherries are winless in their last five matches and have conceded 15 goals over that span, as a string of injuries has hampered the South Coast club. Only Sunderland have conceded more than Bournemouth, and their -12 goal differential is tied for worst in the league.
Newcastle have had struggles of their own, as the Magpies remain in the relegation zone after a scoreless draw against Stoke City last weekend. Steve McClaren has mustered just one win since taking over, and his side has been held scoreless in six of 11 league matches this season. It won’t help that they have to take the long trip Bournemouth, as Newcastle’s last league win away from home came all the way back in January.
What they’re saying
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on gaining confidence: “It’s a huge game and we’re desperate to make sure that we pick up points and get the confidence back that only a win will bring. Once you do that, the world seems a totally different place in terms of football.”
Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba on the team’s mentality: “I am not going down there to lose, the team isn’t going down there to lose – we are making this trip to win. We will hopefully get the three points which would be a nice way to sign off before the international break.”
When the season is over in May, one of these sides may look back at this match as the reason they survived the drop. It’s that big, as it looks very likely that both Bournemouth and Newcastle will be deep in the relegation battle throughout the year. It’s hard not to root for the Cherries, but I see their poor run of form continuing, with the Magpies pulling out their first away win in 10 months. Bournemouth 1-2 Newcastle United.