Newcastle United head to Bournemouth on Saturday in need of a win.
Four draws in their last five Premier League games is hardly a crisis of course but it has allowed fifth-placed Tottenham to close the gap to just one point in the race for the Champions League.
Given Bournemouth’s struggles, anything other than a win on the south coast would be a huge disappointment. While clearly its important to retain some degree of perspective in that this has been a wonderful season so far with a Carabao Cup final still to come, Newcastle simply have to beat teams struggling towards the bottom of the division if they are going to qualify for the Champions League.
Eddie Howe’s first return to the Vitality Stadium since his departure, the pressure is on Newcastle.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Newcastle vs Bournemouth is scheduled for a 5.30pm GMT kick-off time on Saturday 11 February 2023.
The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth will host.
Where to watch Bournemouth vs Newcastle
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Live stream: The Sky Go app will provide a live stream for subscribers to access a live stream across tablets, mobile devices, laptops, games consoles and more.
Bournemouth vs Newcastle team news
Newcastle remain without Bruno Guimaraes through suspension but should have Alexander Isak available once more. Howe confirmed the Swede was close to a return against West Ham following a head injury picked up against Southampton but that game came too soon, so it seems reasonable to assume Isak will make the trip to the south coast.
With Allan Saint-Maximin largely ineffective against West Ham, Anthony Gordon is surely pushing for a first start.
For Bournemouth, Dominic Solanke and Marcus Tavernier were close to returns before their loss against Brighton though just missed out, which would suggest they are in with a chance to feature.
Bournemouth vs Newcastle prediction
The Cherries are on a terrible run of form and are without a win in their last six games, picking up just one point in the process. While they dug deep until late at Brighton last time out, they should cause Newcastle no fear.
Newcastle to win 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Bournemouth wins: 5
Newcastle wins: 7