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Bournemouth v Newcastle United

15th March 2019, 14:10 by James Mason

The Vitality Stadium is the venue for Premier League action on Saturday as Bournemouth take on Newcastle United.

Bournemouth managed to end their five-game winless with a 2-0 victory against rock-bottom Huddersfield Town last time out, with England international Callum Wilson and Scottish winger Ryan Fraser on the scoresheet.

The Cherries will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins for the fourth time this season although they have failed to win in their last two attempts on the south coast, drawing 1-1 with Wolves before losing 1-0 to Manchester City.

Full-back Adam Smith will miss the clash with a hamstring strain, meaning on-loan defender Nathaniel Clyne is likely to deputise, while Fraser should be fit despite missing training earlier this week after suffering some heavy challenges against the Terriers.

Newcastle have pulled six points clear of the relegation zone and head south full of confidence, having come from 2-0 down to beat Everton 3-2 at St James' Park last time out.

That was the Magpies' third victory from their last four matches and another three points this weekend would see them leapfrog Bournemouth into 12th position.

Rafael Benitez's side will need some improvement if they are going to claim the spoils, having failed to win any of their last six league matches on the road, but they did win the reverse fixture 2-1 in November.

Newcastle will be without centre-back Fabian Schar. as he starts a two-match ban for picking up 10 yellow cards, while captain Jamaal Lascelles is a doubt after being subbed in the 3-2 win over Everton last time out with a knee problem.

Irish defender Ciaran Clark could be brought into the starting XI, while Welshman Paul Dummett, who came on for Lascelles against the Toffees, is also an option.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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