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Newcastle team news, injury update and predicted XI vs Bournemouth

Newcastle United have had a length layoff since their last Premier League game, but after 14 days they return to action as they host Bournemouth.

Despite opening the season with a win over Nottingham Forest, the Magpies have failed to win any of their following five league games.

Eddie Howe is having to contend with numerous injuries at the moment but might have some good news for this clash against a managerless Cherries side.

With that in mind, we’re predicting two changes for today’s line-up from the side which began the goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

Here’s the Newcastle XI that we expect to face Bournemouth this afternoon…


Having secured yet another call-up to the England squad, Nick Pope will be hoping to continue his fine form in between the sticks today, aiming to at least maintain his place as the joint-most clean sheets holder in the current Premier League campaign.

We expect one change to the back four, with Dan Burn coming back into the side to replace Fabian Schar. He will likely partner Sven Botman, and the two will be flanked by Matt Targett and Kieran Tierney.

Sean Longstaff has deputised well in midfield given the enforced absences of Jonjo Shelvey and Bruno Guimaraes, but with the latter now returning from injury, it seems likely that he will return to the side.

It will be a delight to Geordies to see the “magic” 25-year-old return to midfield. He could sit just behind Joe Willock and Joelinton, reforming the midfield which helped the Magpies to finish third in the form table over the final 19 games games of last season.

With Allan Saint-Maximin likely to just miss out on the game, Ryan Fraser will likely retain his berth as the left-sided attacker. Miguel Almiron will occupy the opposite flank, with the Paraguayan hoping to add more goals to his game after his first of the season against Manchester City last month.

That leaves the centre-forward spot, where club-record signing Aleksander Isak will probably continue. He has one goal in just two appearances for his new team and may see this match as a fine opportunity to add some more goals to his embryonic Newcastle career against a team which shipped nine goals to Liverpool three weeks ago.

The Swede will continue up top whilst the reliable Callum Wilson remains sidelined, but upon the latter’s return, Howe could well have another big selection headache to ponder.

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