After securing a first victory of the season at the 11th time of asking in the Premier League over Watford, Newcastle are now looking to build a run of form that could be crucial to their survival hopes.
The 1-0 win over the Hornets at St. James’ Park saw the Magpies rise out of the relegation zone and provides a platform to build upon in a run of fixtures that throws up winnable matches according to Mr BigWin’s football predictions – starting against Bournemouth this weekend.
On paper, a clash with the Premier League’s sixth-placed side who have lost just three times this season, two of which were against Chelsea and Manchester United, looks difficult especially given the game’s importance to Eddie Howe’s side.
Having recently lost to Manchester United, the Cherries have to tackle Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool over the course of the next six weeks – which is a run of fixtures that could derail their fine charge at the start of the campaign.
Encouragement can also be provided by Burnley’s 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth towards the end of September, who hit four past Howe’s side at Turf Moor, which shows that the Cherries are beatable.
There is no room for mistakes though and the key will be defensively as Newcastle aim to keep the likes of Callum Wilson and Joshua King quiet, as the Magpies have only seven goals to their name this season.
Any victory for Benitez’s men will surely be a low-scoring match, perhaps by a single goal yet again, and the defensive play is, therefore, vital as they must retain a clean sheet – but there’s encouragement in this area too.
Newcastle have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League and have conceded just once in the past three matches, which came in the 1-0 defeat to Brighton last month.
With Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar both proving to be fine recruits, added to Jamaal Lascelles who has recently signed a contract extension, Newcastle have the defensive line to frustrate Bournemouth.
Martin Dubravka, another fine addition from the summer, will also have to be at his best but he will have received a boost in confidence from recent results and extending a run of clean sheets to three matches could spark Newcastle’s revival.