Newcastle have done much better than expected while Bournemouth have disappointed many in these first few weeks of the new season. Newly promoted side Newcastle sit in 9th place before their match against Bournemouth this week which is better than many of their fans could’ve dreamed for. Bournemouth however, have had a bad start to the new campaign because they are in 19th place at the moment. Both teams lost their last game and they’ll be looking to improve in this match.
Newcastle have been a great side to watch so far and along with Burnley and Watford, have been one of the biggest upsets of the season at this stage. They have been very consistent when playing teams lower in the table. They also put up a good fight against Liverpool in their 1-1 draw against them. Newcastle have not been the strongest attacking side only scoring 10 goals in the first 10 games but their defense has been excellent only conceding 9 goals so far.
The key players for Newcastle this match will be Mikel Merino and Matt Ritchie. These two have been in decent form this season Mikel Merino playing defensively while Ritchie has been more of an attacking threat, however Merino did bag a goal against Crystal Palace. Matt Ritchie hasn’t been a goal-scorer this season but he’s got himself 4 assists from the 10 goals that they’ve scored and his passing power will be needed here.
Newcastle’s strikers have not proved themselves this season and if they want to finish inside the top 10 they’re going to need to find a striker who can score on a regular basis. Their joint top goal scorers have only 2 goals each and one of them plays as a centre-back. The other player is Joselu but two goals for a starting striker is not good enough for a side inside the top 10. Newcastle do have other options for the striker roll in Mitrovic, Gayle and Perez, however Perez has been taking the centre-forward roll. If any of these strikers can start to play consistently Newcastle could be one of the top teams in the league.
As stated earlier Bournemouth need to improve. They’ve been one of the worst sides in the Premier League so far even though they have a strong squad to work with. Although they’ve been unlucky a few times during the season it doesn’t make up for their poor play. Their attacking threat has been terrible with only 6 goals scored but their defence hasn’t been that bad considering where they are in the table. If they can improve their attacking power they could easily move up in the table.
Joshua King is a player we need to talk about going into this fixture. He’s only scored one goal so far this season which is incredibly disappointing. He was expected to light up the Prem with his dynamic and quick play but he just hasn’t been as good as he should be. He’s been quite close on a number of occasions but he just hasn’t been able to reach his potential. In order for Bournemouth to move up in the standings he has to provide more for them and bag more goals. As one of their main strikers he should have much more than 1 goal at this stage.
Like mentioned earlier the defensive side of Bournemouth hasn’t been bad. they’ve conceded one more than Arsenal and two less than Liverpool and they’ve got some very good players at the back. Two of these players who need to be mentioned are Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels who have played very well at the back. Without these top defenders they’d be doing even worse than they are currently. Ake has the most aerial battles, clearances and interceptions for Bournemouth so far proving how crucial he is at the back. While Ake provides great defensive support Daniels can attack almost as well as he can defend scoring a wonder-goal earlier in the season.
Both the sides have been quite bad when going forward but when defending they’ve been stronger so you have to predict a low scoring game here. Newcastle have been the must stronger team so far quite unexpectedly and it’s going to be interesting to see if this run of form can continue. Because of Newcastle’s consistency against bottom half teams I think they’ll win this game 1-0.